Exploring

Global Geoparks are places where fantastic geology is used to support local communities, mainly through developing exciting opportunities for people to explore, enjoy and understand our landscape, our nature and our culture. We have so much in store for you…

The North West Highlands is the most beautiful part of the UK, with an unrivalled landscape, outstanding wildlife and vibrant, living culture. The rocks and landforms have formed over 3 billion years of Earth history—our geology is world-class, and it’s no surprise that the North West Highlands is one of only seven UNESCO Global Geoparks in the UK, and one of only two in Scotland.

We organise events and activities of all kinds, with the emphasis on fun and discovery—walks to wild places, family events, tours on land and sea, and opportunities to get involved with local community celebrations of how special the Geopark is. Join our expert guides on a geotour, come face to face with extinct wildlife at the Bone Caves at Inchnadamph, explore the giant floodlit Smoo sea cave, watch whales, dolphins and sea birds off our stunning shore. And that’s just the beginning of your experience in the Geopark.

This is a place to enjoy slowly, to take the back road, to leave the car and walk or cycle, to let the wild mountains get under your skin (and for us to help you get under theirs), and to meet our communities and share in their love of our landscape.

At the Rock Stop, the information centre for the Geopark at Unapool, you can meet some of our staff and volunteers, who can help you make the most of your visit with us. You can enjoy the displays of amazing geology and landscape, have a coffee and cake and enjoy the view across to the world-famous Moine Thrust—perhaps the best info-centre view in the country. 

The Rock Stop

The Rock Stop is the North West Highlands Geopark visitor centre, coffee shop, and exhibition centre. We are also the central hub for the North West Highlands Geopark.  The shop sells everything from books on the local geology to gifts and information packs.

The Rock Stop Opening Hours

We are ready to welcome customers to the ROCK STOP! Visit our geology exhibition and local craft shop. Serving hot and cold drinks and snacks – sit in our café, outdoor seating area or take something away with you on your exploration of our beautiful countryside.

The Rock Stop is now closed for the 2023 season. The team would like to thank all the visitors and locals alike who supported us this season. See you in Spring 2024!

Useful Links

Did you know that we are currently running a three year programme to develop the Geopark? Check out our Access, Connect Take-Part page!

We all have a part to play in caring for our Geopark.

If you are hunting for fossils or seeking out rocks be sure to follow the Scottish Fossil Code and the Geology Fieldwork Code

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