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Come and visit the new Rock Stop Coffee Shop and Exhibition

Coffee Shop - Exhibition - Crafts - Books - WiFi

Grab a coffee, learn how mountains are made and get to grips with the rocks beneath your feet

11:00am - 4:30pm, 7 days a week
Hot and cold drinks, delicious home bakes


The Rock Stop is at Unapool near Kylesku, a perfect site to learn about the wonders of our landscape since it was originally the local primary school. It's also perfectly located for those exploring the Rock Route driving trail established by Scottish Natural Heritage to link together key sites of interest in the majestic landscape of the North West Highlands. Pick up a leaflet at tourist information centres throughout the Geopark or download it here

New Pebble Routes


A new set of self-guided driving or cycling trails has been developed for the 2015 season. Download a preview from our website - a set of collectable leaflets will soon be available from selected outlets, visit the Rock Stop to find out more. The routes combine superb viewpoints and rich heritage to help you unlock the stories of our landscape. 

Geo-links

 

Fri 21st – Mon 24th August 
 

A long-weekend festival celebrating the links between wildlife, culture and the landscape.

Join experts in geology, ecology and geo-archaeology as they explore the North West Highlands Geopark.  


Download our new leaflet for the full itinerary.

A place at Geo-links is just £160 per person including transport and an early bird discount of 10% applies to bookings made by June 30th. Accommodation is available at Assynt field centre where festival will be based, prices on request. You should bring your own field equipment including boots and outdoor clothing but no specialist equipment is necessary for any of the tours.

For more information or to book a place contact: Pete Harrison: pete@nwhgeopark.com   Tel: 01854 612568
 

Geo-tour 16th – 23rd September

Expert tuition by Geopark staff will help you to interpret the geology of this wild and remote highland landscape. As home of the oldest rocks in Europe, the first identified thrust fault and with evidence of the earliest life; the North West Highlands Geopark really is the “Cradle of Geology”. Download our new leaflet for the full itinerary

Just £235 per person including transport, early bird discount of 10% applies to bookings made by July 31st. Fee includes tuition, insurance, transportation and materials.Accommodation is not included, however contact us should you like us to arrange this for you. 

Geoparks on the Air

Pentland Firth Radio Hams hosted Geoparks on the Air from the Visit Scotland tourist information centre in Durness on Sunday 24th May with the call sign GB2GEO. It's an annual event and in past years it has been possible to contact Geoparks all over Europe. This year however the atmospherics were against us and though we could hear our friends in the English Riviera Geopark they could not hear us. Our chairman Cllr George Farlow joined the event and heard that apparently when the atmospherics are bad for amateur radio, sunspots and the Northern Lights are active so every cloud really does have a silver lining. Thanks to Kevin Arrowsmith in Durness for helping organise the event, he tells us we're going to try a bigger antenna next year.

Geo-kayak Adventures 2015



Saturday 15th - Thursday 20th August

 
What better way to see the coastal geological outcrops by boat? 
 
Join Ridgway Adventure and explore the coast-lines of the Northern North West Highlands Geopark by sea-kayak. You will be joined by a Geopark geologist as well as sea-kayak guides from Ridgway Adventure.  Booking essential. Book by June 30th for a special early bird price of £795 per person  including full board accommodation and transfer from Inverness. Download full details here.

To book contact Mike Goodwin on 01971 521301 mike@nwhgeopark.com

Click below to land find our more and book tickets for our 2015 headline event.....

2015 Events Calendar

Geo-rambles, short-medium length walks.
Geo-hikes, full day hill walks.
Geo-climbs, suitable for all.
Geo-tours, suitable for all.
Roadshow events, suitable for all.

June

   
Friday 12th  Geo-ramble
Join the Geopark’s Geo-ranger in Glen Dubh, just up from Inchnadamph to go and see some of the lesser-known caves in the Geopark. Learn about the 500 million year old environment and see some of the most spectacular scenery in the UK. Bring lunch, waterproof and sturdy footwear. Cost: Adults £8, Children £4, Family £20. Meet at Inchnadamph car park 10.30am. Grid ref: NC251215. Postcode: IV27 4HN
Wednesday 17th  Geo-tour
1 day bus trip around the Geopark visiting Sango bay in Durness, Ceannabeinne clearance village, the rock stops in the North of the Geopark and the new Geocentre at Unapool. Opportunities to buy lunch available or bring a picnic. Booking essential, pick-ups to be arranged on booking. Cost : Adult £30 Child £20 Family £80              Contact: Pete Harrison 01854 612568 pete@nwhgeopark.com
Friday 19th  Geo-ramble
Fox point in Coigach.  A walk around the coast and through the crofting hamlet of Polbain.  Learn about the pre-clearance landscape and the geology of the Summer Isles.  Meet at Old Dornie (please do not block the pier or slipway) at 10.30am. Cost: Adult £4, children £3, family £11. Grid ref: NB982111. Nearest postcode: IV26 2YP
Friday 26th  Geo-ramble
Scourie archaeological trail, see burnt mounds and ancient hut circles. Meet at Scourie road depot, 300m south of village sign at 10.30am. Wellies useful! Cost: Adults £4, children £3, family £11. Grid ref: NC157437. Postcode: IV27 4TQ.
For booking or more information go to : http://www.nwhgeopark.com/events/

July

Wednesday 1st Geo-tour
1 day bus trip around the Geopark visiting Knockan Crag, Ardvreck castle, Lochinver and Achiltibuie with stunning views of the Summer Isles. Opportunities to buy lunch available or bring a picnic. Booking essential, pick-ups to be arranged on booking. Cost : Adult £30 Child £20 Family £80 Contact: Pete Harrison 01854 612568 pete@nwhgeopark.com
Friday 3rd Geo-hike
A big day out with a geo-ranger, visiting the bone caves en-route up Breagbag, one of the Corbetts.  Explore some fascinating geology, hunt for wild flowers and spot some wildlife.  Stunning views of Ben More Assynt and Suilven.  Join a geo-ranger to explore the ‘moon-scape’ at the top. Water-proofs and sturdy boots are essential as ground is rough and there are no paths after the bone caves, bring lunch and lots of snacks.  Meet at the Bone Caves car park, 2.5 miles south of Inchnadamph at 10am. Cost: Adults £15, children £7.50. Grid ref: NC 254179. Nearest postcode: IV27 4HL
Monday 6th Geo-ramble
Join a Geo-ranger for a short guided walk along Oldshoremore beach exploring some fascinating geology and taking in the glorious seascape.  Meet at Oldshoremore beach car park, 4 miles north of Kinlochbervie at 2pm.  Cost: Adults £4, children £3, family £11.  Grid ref: NC 203585 Nearest postcode: IV27 4RS
Wednesday 8th  Geo-ramble 
Join a NWH Geopark Geo-ranger to explore Knockan Crag, a site just off the main road bursting with interesting geology and amazing wildlife.  A well-constructed path takes a short and steep climb to amazing views across to Stac Pollaidh and beyond.  Meet at Knockan Crag NNR car park, 2.5 miles south of Elphin at 11am. Cost: Adults £4, children £3, family £11. Grid ref: NC188090 Nearest postcode: IV27 4HH
Saturday 11th Roadshow Event
The North West Highland Geopark Roadshow at Ullapool Pier Day. Information and children’s activities and a chance to sign up for trips etc. alongside games, stalls and fun for kids. Starts at 11am.
Wednesday 15th  Geo-tour
1 day bus trip around the Geopark visiting Scourie with a chance to choose your favourite pebble from the beach, Kinlochbervie, the stunning white sandy beach and fascinating colourful rocks at Oldshoremore and the new Geocentre at Unapool. Opportunities to buy lunch available or bring a picnic. Booking essential, pick-ups to be arranged on booking. Cost : Adult £30 Child £20 Family £80 Contact: Pete Harrison 01854 612568 pete@nwhgeopark.com
Friday 17th Geo-ramble
Join the Geopark’s Geo-ranger at Clachtoll beach to explore the oldest rocks in Europe and the oldest life on Earth! Cost: Adults £5, Children £4, Family £11.  Meet at Clachtoll beach car park at 10.30am. Grid ref: NC 039273 Postcode: IV27 4JD
Saturday 18th Roadshow Event
The North West Highland Geopark Roadshow at Kinlochbervie Gala. Information and children’s activities and a chance to sign up for trips etc. alongside games, stalls and fun for kids. Starts at 1pm.
Saturday 18th Roadshow Event
The North West Highland Geopark Roadshow at Elphin Music Festival. Kids activities and info alongside live music all day with jamming sessions in Elphin Village Hall.  Line up and ticket price TBC. Like ‘Elphin Music Festival’ on Facebook for updates. Info will be here: www.elkcal.co.uk
Wednesday 22nd Geo-ramble
Join a NWH Geopark Geo-ranger to explore Knockan Crag, a site just off the main road bursting with interesting geology and amazing wildlife.  A well-constructed path takes a short and steep climb to amazing views across to Stac Pollaidh and beyond.  Meet at Knockan Crag NNR car park, 2.5 miles south of Elphin at 11am. Cost: Adults £4, children £3, family £11. Grid ref: NC188090. Nearest postcode: IV27 4HH
Friday 24th Roadshow Event
The North West Highland Geopark Roadshow at the Durness Gathering. Information and children’s activities and a chance to sign up for trips etc. alongside traditional Highland games, stalls and fun for kids. Starts at Midday.
Wednesday 29th Geo-tour
1 day bus trip around the Geopark visiting Knockan crag, Ardvrek castle, Lochinver and the new Geocentre at Unapool. Opportunities to buy lunch available or bring a picnic. Booking essential, pick-ups to be arranged on booking. Cost : Adult £30 Child £20 Family £80 Contact: Pete Harrison 01854 612568 pete@nwhgeopark.com
For booking or more information go to : http://www.nwhgeopark.com/events/

August

Wednesday 5th Geo-ramble
Join a NWH Geopark Geo-ranger to explore Knockan Crag, a site just off the main road bursting with interesting geology and amazing wildlife.  A well-constructed path takes a short and steep climb to amazing views across to Stac Pollaidh and beyond.  Meet at Knockan Crag NNR car park, 2.5 miles south of Elphin at 11am. Cost: Adults £4, children £3, family £11. Grid ref: NC188090. Nearest postcode: IV27 4HH
Tuesday 11th Roadshow Event
Joint NWH Geopark and Highland Council Ranger Event.  Clachtoll Sand Sculpture Contest. Why not enter? Or just come along to admire the many amazing sculptures for free! Geology games and loads of really good prizes. Meet at Clachtoll beach car park at midday.  Judging at 1.30pm. Cost: Adults £4, children £3, family £11. Grid ref: NC 039273. Postcode: IV27 4JD Contact: Andy Summers 01571 844654 andy.summers@highland.gov.uk
Wednesday 12th Geo-tour
1 day bus trip around the Geopark visiting Sango bay in Durness, Ceannabeinne clearance village, the rock stops in the North of the Geopark and the new Geocentre at Unapool. Opportunities to buy lunch available or bring a picnic. Booking essential, pick-ups to be arranged on booking.           Cost  : Adult £30 Child £20 Family £80   Contact: Pete Harrison 01854 612568 pete@nwhgeopark.com
Friday 14th  Roadshow Event
The North West Highland Geopark Roadshow at Assynt Games. Information and children’s activities and a chance to sign up for trips etc. alongside traditional Highland games, stalls, crafts, raffle and fun for kids. Starts at midday.
Saturday 15th – Thursday 20th Geo-kayak
What better way to see the coastal geological outcrops by boat? Join Ridgeway adventure and explore the coast-lines of the Northern North West Highlands Geopark by sea-kayak. No experience necessary as instruction can be given.  You will be joined by a Geopark geologist as well as sea-kayak guides from Ridgeway adventures.  Booking essential.  Cost: £900 per person  including accommodation.  Contact: Mike Goodwin, 01971521301 mike@nwhgeopark.com
Friday 21st – Monday 24th Geo-links
A long-weekend festival celebrating the links between wildlife, culture and the landscape.  Join experts in geology, ecology and geo-archaeology as they explore the North West Highlands Geopark.  Accommodation available.  Advanced booking essential. Costs: Full week-end: £160, day ticket £, 10% early-bird discount (by 30th June) %.  Accommodation available at Assynt field centre where festival will be based. Grid ref: NC253219. Postcode: IV27 4HL Contact: Pete Harrison 01854 612568 pete@nwhgeopark.com
Wednesday 26th Geo-tour   Roadshow Event
1 day bus trip around the Geopark visiting Knockan Crag, Ardvreck castle, Lochinver and Achiltibuie with stunning views of the Summer Isles. Opportunities to buy lunch available or bring a picnic. Booking essential, pick-ups to be arranged on booking. Cost : Adult £30 Child £20 Family £80 Contact: Pete Harrison 01854 612568 pete@nwhgeopark.com
Monday 31st Geo-hike
A big day out with a geo-ranger. Find out what makes Arkle special and explore shattered ridges of quartzite on this extreme mountain walk. Water-proofs and sturdy boots are essential as ground is rough with slabby rocks, bring lunch and lots of snacks.  Meet at  the bridge just North of Achfary on the A838 at 10am. Cost: Adults £15, children £7.50. Grid ref: NC297402 .
For booking or more information go to : http://www.nwhgeopark.com/events/

September

Wednesday 9th Geo-tour
1 day bus trip around the Geopark visiting Scourie with a chance to choose your favourite pebble from the beach, Kinlochbervie, the stunning white sandy beach and fascinating colourful rocks at Oldshoremore and the new Geocentre at Unapool. Opportunities to buy lunch available or bring a picnic. Booking essential, pick-ups to be arranged on booking. Cost : Adult £30 Child £20 Family £80 Contact: Pete Harrison 01854 612568 pete@nwhgeopark.com
Friday 18th – Sunday 20th  Lochinver Climbing Festival
A Climbing Festival in the North West Highlands Geopark at       Glencanisp Lodge, Lochinver. Come and join in the autumnal festival atmosphere. The weather is often pretty good at this time of year and if not we have plenty of in-door workshops planned. Why not sign up for ‘Geology for Climbers’ and find out why that particular crag is so grippy? There will be climbing technique, navigation and physio workshops as well as a program of talks on climbing and exploration. On Saturday night we will have a Ceilidh and a Hog Roast so bring your kilt or your dancing feet! Keep an eye on Facebook for the full program as it is developed.  Weekend tickets £150, camping £10 per night (limited spaces).
Wednesday 16th- Wednesday 23rd Geo-tour
A week-long course  for those with an interest in Geology.  A chance to visit some of the key geo-sites in the North West Highlands Geopark, taking in Assynt, Achiltibuie, Scourie and Durness. Tickets cost £235 for the week which includes transport.  Accommodation can be arranged with a wide range available in the Geopark.  Early bird discount of 10% applies to bookings made before July 31st  2015. Contact: Pete Harrison 01854 612568 pete@nwhgeopark.com
 For booking or more information go to : http://www.nwhgeopark.com/events/

October

Wednesday 7th Geo-tour
1 day bus trip around the Geopark visiting Knockan crag, Ardvrek castle, Lochinver and the new Geocentre at Unapool. Opportunities to buy lunch available or bring a picnic. Booking essential, pick-ups to be arranged on booking. Cost : Adult £30 Child £20 Family £80 Contact: Pete Harrison 01854 612568 pete@nwhgeopark.com
Saturday 10th - Thursday 15th Earth Science Week
 Join the Geopark geo-ranger at various locations throughout the Geopark including Ullapool, Achiltibuie, Lochinver, Kinlochbervie and Durness. There will be  talks and a chance to vote for the winning poster competition entry.  The posters have all been designed by primary school children from the Geopark and the winner will appear on buses in Inverness to teach people about our landscape and culture. For details of events check out our web site, social media, call us or drop in to the RockStop at Unapool.
Wednesday 14th Geo-ramble 
Join a NWH Geopark Geo-ranger to explore Knockan Crag, a site just off the main road bursting with interesting geology and amazing wildlife.  A well-constructed path takes a short and steep climb to amazing views across to Stac Pollaidh and beyond.  Meet at Knockan Crag NNR car park, 2.5 miles south of Elphin at 11am. Cost: Adults £4, children £3, family £11. Grid ref: NC188090. Nearest postcode: IV27 4HH
Friday 16th Geo-ramble
A short walk around Loch Eriboll to visit a prehistoric landscape and some of the rocky outcrops which inspired mountain building theory. Booking essential. Meeting place given out at time of booking. Cost: Adults £8, Children £4, family £20.
Wednesday 21st Geo-tour
1 day bus trip around the Geopark visiting Sango bay in Durness, Ceannabeinne clearance village, the rock stops in the North of the Geopark and the new Geocentre at Unapool. Opportunities to buy lunch available or bring a picnic. Booking essential, pick-ups to be arranged on booking. Cost : Adult £30 Child £20 Family £80 Contact: Pete Harrison 01854 612568 pete@nwhgeopark.com
For booking or more information go to : http://www.nwhgeopark.com/events/
North West Highlands Geopark Limited is a social enterprise which re-invests profits to ensure ongoing development of geo-tourism projects, conservation and educational programmes. Our funding comes from government grants, private sector sponsorship, income from tours and donations, click here to donate online.
We have made tremendous progress with  refurbishment and fit-out of The Rock Stop at Unapool. We are still seeking sponsors for the exhibition so if you or your company would like to support us contact Mike on 01971 521301 or  mike@nwhgeopark.com.
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