The northwest of Scotland has some of the most ancient and unique geology in Europe.

With its recently awarded ‘Global Geopark’ status (the first in Scotland and with an excellent website) the surrounding 2000 square km area of northwest Scotland justifiably claims to be an area with a geological heritage of particular importance both in terms of its scientific quality, rarity, aesthetic appeal and educational value.

From Lochinver to Cape Wrath there is a coastal strip of Lewisian gneiss 10 miles wide, with gneiss and Torridonian patches north of Scourie.  Knockan Crag, a National Nature Reserve, is a centre where visitors can learn more about the geology of the far northwest of Scotland. For more information, visit

You can also read more about the Assynt Peninsula’s geology on