Lochaber Geopark is delighted to welcome Fred Olsen Cruises visiting Fort William in 2017. We are looking forward to welcoming the passengers & crew from the Boudicca, Braemar and Black Watch.
Customised geological tours can be arranged during your stay, visiting various sites of interest, with an expert guide. Contact us on 01397 705 314 or firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange. These can be short half day visits or a longer duration, to specific areas that interest you.
While you’re here…
Come to our Visitor Centre on the High St, (beside Fat Face), spend some time, learn about the Geopark and browse in our shop. Inside you will find a variety of exhibits and interactive displays as well as a wealth of geological books and maps, wildlife books & pamphlets for the discerning geologist and outdoor lover. For the chocolate lover, enjoy our handmade scale replica Ben Nevis Chocolates. We have a selection of beautiful locally produced, quality handmade crafts.
Our exhibits and displays can be viewed in any order and include back-lit interpretation panels, geological model, timeline displays, presentation video screen and a kids’ area. Illuminated Panels that tell the story of the key geological processes that have shaped Lochaber. First learn some key geology terms, move on to the processes that built the high Caledonian mountains, next see our two periods of volcanic activity, and last the final shaping of the landscape by ice. Lochaber’s Timeline – Large, colourful panels explaining the history of Lochaber’s rocks. Start at the bottom and work your way up to the present day through 4.5 billion years of geology.
Mineral Cabinet Display showing beautifully lit minerals and fossils from Lochaber, Scotland and around the world. We have a meteorite from the Barringer Crater in Arizona, USA, which was used to obtain the first estimate of the age of the solar system, using the radioactive decay of uranium to lead.
Ben Nevis model – We have an impressive 3D model which shows the geology of Ben Nevis and the surrounding mountains.
Lochaber Geopark Map showing the whole of the Geopark including the location of our outdoor geology panels and the start point for wildlife and geology trails. Pick up our free Rock-Routes pamphlet which describes 8 driving routes throughout Lochaber, involving 6 stopping places and short walks, linking outstanding viewpoints that have geology information panels.
Video screen – showing films about Lochaber’s geology, history culture and wildlife, including our 3D Geological Fly-Through – this exclusive video takes you on a journey with a bird’s eye view from Ben Nevis to the Small Isles and Ardnamurchan in the west.
Other Geopark facilities to visit, where a warm welcome awaits you is Darwin’s Rest Café, Exhibition & Craft Shop in Roybridge. Ideally located near to Glen Roy, where the first of our Lochaber Geopark Info Points resides. There we tell you the story of the famous Parallel Roads of Glen Roy and the famous geologists of the time whom were involved in explaining them. Learn about the controversial idea of Charles Darwin, who visited the site in 1838.