The Scottish Highlands are home to some of the most spectacular landscapes on the planet, and there’s no better way to embrace its beauty than by exploring the North West Highlands Geopark, a UNESCO recognised site.
Where should I go in the Highlands?
Being the most sparsely populated corner of Europe, the landscape has been left virtually untouched – this three billion (yes, billion!) year-old environment will leave you speechless. You can explore stunning mountains, golden sandy beaches, ancient settlements and its few living communities. Take in the magnificent skylines on the ridges of Foinaven where you can spot eagles and peregrine falcons soaring above, take a walk through the park’s breathtaking coastlines and forests or discover its enigmatic caves.
There are plenty of ways to explore the park: you can try their ‘pebble routes’, self-guided trails where you can discover some of the country’s kept secrets; take a geopark tour with expert guides on an extended weekend excursion, or if you’re just looking for a quiet retreat then use their new audio local guide on your phone. Be sure to stop at the Visitor Centre and Coffee Shop, which serves hot food, coffee and snacks to fuel your journey and offer advice for your trip. Whatever you’re looking for, this amazing hidden corner of Scotland has something for everyone.
- There are events held in the park throughout the year, the schedule of which can be found at: https://www.nwhgeopark.com/events/list/
- The visitor centre is open Sunday to Thursday from 10.00 till 16.00hrs, closed Friday and Saturday.
- A detailed guide for travelling the park, including the Scottish Outdoor Access code, can be found at: https://www.nwhgeopark.com/touring-essentials-for-the-north-west-highlands-geopark/
- Detailed directions to the park by bus, train, car and air can be found at: https://www.nwhgeopark.com/plan-your-visit/getting-there/