A day trip along the ‘Road to the Isles’ from Banavie to Mallaig and back
Banavie – Neptune’s Staircase. Observe the locks on the Caledonian Canal and discuss the Great Glen Fault.
Observe, in passing, the end of Loch Eil.
Glenfinnan – the Monument. Visit the information board about ‘Ardgour Island’. Walk to the cutting and note on one side the steeply inclined strata and on the other the wall of a dyke. Visit the Monument where in 1745 Bonnie Prince Charlie started the Jacobite Rising. Finally climb up from the visitor centre to the superb viewpoint along Loch Shiel.
Am Muidhe – one of Lochaber’s famous Geosites. See the amazing rock strata showing pull-apart structures and intense folding. Note the action of ice which travelled over this wide outcrop from east to west.
Lochailort – Note the vertical strata with dyke and sill intrusions.
The Prince’s Cairn. See where Bonnie Prince Charlie arrived and departed. Walk along the coast to see a dramatic recumbent fold in the Moine rocks.
Mointeach Mhòr – Observe the flat ground where Loch Morar was once linked to the sea before ‘isostatic rebound’ caused the land to rise. This area is one of the most important in the world for studying land/sea-level changes since the last glaciation.
Mallaig – Finish at this important fishing port. There are fine views of the two main islands of the Inner Hebrides – Rum & Eigg.
Return by the same route.
Generally easy walking. The longest walk is to Am Muidhe, just 5 minutes up a grass slope. All trips can be tailored specifically for the group.
These prices are correct at the time of writing and include the cost of hiring a bus and driver for this journey.
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