Local Guides

This page contains links to various leaflets, booklets, podcasts, videos and websites with information on places to visit within the North West Highland Geopark. Information can be printed, downloaded or simply read online to help you find out what the North West Highlands Geopark has to offer.

A comprehensive booklet on the geology of the North West Highlands published by Scottish National Heritage.

A Landscape Fashioned By Geology 

Pebble Routes – Samples of the various Pebble Routes within the Geopark.  The full product can be purchased from the online shop.





The Rock Route – set of 14 information boards set throughout the Geopark describing the local landscape and supported by individual audio guides.

Rock Route Leaflet

Rock Route Audio Guides

Follow the Rock Route on the Geotourist Website

Geology Visitor Centres

Knockan Crag Visitor Centre

Knockan Crag Leaflet

Knockan Crag Audio Guide 

Durness Deep Time

A walk to discover the oldest rocks in Britain, fossils of early life and evidence of a massive asteroid impact.

Link to The Coigach Geotrail

Geopods are information stations where you can find out more about the area around you from the panels in front of you or via our on-line content (accessible via the QR codes on the panels).

Geopark Geopods

What we see as Quinag today can be likened to a theatre production. The geology is the stage and auditorium on which all else is built. The audience and actors may come and go but the foundation of the geology remains.

The Geology of Quinag

Coigach and Assynt’s Local Guide uses your phone’s GPS to automatically trigger rich audio content and deliver turn -by-turn audio content and interesting information relative to your surroundings and upcoming destinations.

The Local Guide – Audio descriptions for Coigach and Assynt

An audio guide for Knockan Crag Visitor centre and walking trail through the Moine Thrust

Knockan Crag Audio Guide 

The Rock Route – set of 14 information boards set throughout the Geopark describing the local landscape and supported by individual audio guides.

Rock Route Audio Guides

A north coast landscape with 3000 years of occupation

Borralie Headland

Recent excavations and repairs at Clachtoll Broch have reinstated this ancient monument

Clachtoll Broch Excavation Video

Clachtoll Broch Website 

Comprehensive booklet describing an extensive archaeological survey of the parish of Assynt 

Assynt’s Hidden Lives

Link to VisitCoigach website

Coigach Heritage 

Ten great family walks in the North West Highlands Geopark

Quinag – A mountain managed by The John Muir Trust

Walkers Guide to Kinlochbervie (available for purchase in online shop)

Walkers Guide to Coigach and Assynt (available for purchase in online shop)

For the more experienced walker there are numerous cross country trails and mountain walks including the Sutherland Trail and iconic mountains such as Stac Pollaidh and the munros of Conival and Ben Mor Assynt.  The Walk Highlands website provides route information with levels of difficulty and the Mountain Weather Information Service has regular updates on local weather conditions.

Walk Highlands

Mountain Weather Information Service

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 open for the 2024 season. Open Monday – Friday from 10:00 – 16:00. Last orders in the café at 15:30.

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