North West Highlands Geopark Limited
Welcome to Scotland’s first Geopark
At 3,000 million years old, the rocks at the seashore are even older than the hills – and what hills they are! Where else can you experience a skyline that compares to the ridges of Foinaven and Arkle, or classic hills like Suilven or Stac Pollaidh? In places like this it’s not just the eagles or the peregrines that soar. This is the most sparsely populated corner of Europe. Set yourself free in a place with space to spare.
What is the North West Highlands Geopark?
The North West Highlands Geopark is a community company limited by guarantee and a charity in Scotland. The board comprises 7 community directors, one from each of the community councils within the Geopark who work alongside the other office bearers, directors and staff.
The North West Highlands Global Geopark hosts a wide range of rock formations covering two thirds of the Earth’s history. Each rock type inspires its own distinctive landscape of world class quality and significance. Stunning mountain landscapes, sandy beaches, ancient settlements, and remote communities. These are some of the key characteristics of the vast landscape, which has defined the people who live there and creates a strong sense of place. These set them apart and influence how they live.
The mission is to be a thriving and sustainable rural economy capitalising on the assets and people of the Geopark in partnership with local government, relevant agencies and local businesses.
The strategic objectives set between 2018 and 2023 are to:
Promote the Geopark, in particular to partners, the local community, visitors and those seeking knowledge of the area’s geology.
Encourage awareness of, and educate about, the geodiversity, historical, cultural and economic importance of the area, and encourage further geological and related research.
Sustainable Development. Work closely with businesses, educational groups, voluntary and statutory agencies to generate further employment and environmentally responsible and sustainable economic activity within the Geopark.
Manage the organisation and UNESCO status efficiently: Develop such systems, management structures and methodologies as are required to implement these strategic objectives.