Coffee Shop and Craft Shop
Darwin’s Rest Coffee shop, delicious hot lunches and great fresh coffee
Located in Roy Bridge, at the foot of one of Lochaber’s most famous geosites and National Nature Reserves (the Parallel Roads of Glen Roy), our first Geopark Info Point will be the perfect place to start any visit to Lochaber.
An ideal place to take the family for lunch, with a child friendly menu, good value food and warm friendly atmosphere. We also have a sheltered outdoor seating area in the summer, perfect for those with four legged friends.
Roy Bridge provides one of the best viewing spots in the area for looking into the heart of Britain’s tallest mountains, Ben Nevis, Carn Mor Dearg, Aonach Mor and the Grey Corries.
Roy Bridge is also a great place to start many beautiful low land walks, with the River Roy providing a delightful stroll. Be sure to ask the coffee shop staff for advice about walks and things to do in the area.
Open Thursday – Monday
10am – 4pm
There are many high quality traditional highland crafts made throughout Lochaber, and we now stock a wide range of the best of these. We also stock local produce such as smoked venison and tablet, ideal if you’re looking for an authentic Highland gift, or just want to treat yourself!
Located in the village of Roy Bridge on the A86, it’s the first stop if you’re arriving in to the Park from Dalwhinnie or Newtownmore off the A9. Alternatively if you’re coming from Fort William it’s a 20 minute drive via Spean Bridge.
The Parallel Roads
Darwin’s Rest is very close to one of our most outstanding geosites, the ‘Parallel Roads of Glen Roy’, listed as one of the ‘100 Great Geosites of the UK and Ireland’ by the Geological Society. This is also in the Glen Roy National Nature Reserve. The three horizontal ‘roads’ are the natural shorelines of a lake that was damned by a glacier. They were the subject of a dispute between Charles Darwin (who visited Glen Roy in 1838 and concluded that they were the shorelines of an ancient sea) and the Swiss geologist Louis Agassiz who in 1840 correctly suggested their glacial origin. Check out our Darwin page for the full story.
There is a small display dedicated to the Parallel Roads and Darwin in the Coffee Shop with guided trips to the geosite in the high season. Keep an eye on the website and Facebook for more details.