Geotours

An outstanding area of scenery, geology and geoheritage, Lochaber has a lot to offer.

On our Geotours, local geology experts will lead you around Lochaber to the sites that are a ‘must’ see. From our mountains to our glens and our western beaches and islands, there is something for everyone. You will explore Lochaber’s deep history, visiting areas that boast some of the world’s best geology and scenery.

We provide full-day, half-day, multi-day and bespoke tours.

Each Geotour will have walking involved, this may be an hour or up to 7. The tours are walking graded, and their grading explained further down this page.

Most Geotours are self-drive, for a few we provide transport and some involve only walking.

Self-Drive Geotours: Glen Coe, Glen Nevis, Glen RoyLoch Leven and Road to the Isles.

Transport provided Geotours: ‘Beaches, Mountains and Islands‘, ‘Lochaber’s Glens‘ and ‘The Making of the Mountains

Walking only: Cow Hill, The North Face, Vitrified Fort and the Isle of Eigg (start from Mallaig)

To see what Geotours we have on offer follow the link: scheduled Geotours.

 

Please book your Geotour as soon as you can and at the latest by 12noon the day before the start date. No bookings will be accepted after this time. This is to ensure we can provide the best service to our clients.

 

Walking Grade

Easy: low-level and low gradient walks for anyone who does not have mobility difficulty or a health problem that would

affect easy walking.  These walks include unsurfaced rural paths. Walking for up to two hours.

Easy/Moderate: Walking on a mix of off-road terrain: very small sections off a path, maintained rocky paths and well-maintained paths for up to 3 hours.

Moderate: Walks for those with experience of off-path walking (cross-country) and who are reasonably fit. Walking for 3 – 6 hours.

Strenuous: Steep terrain with sections with no path. Walking for up to 8 hours.

 

Weather

The weather on the West Coast of Scotland is changeable: rain, sun, wind, hail, snow and blue skies all in one day! Please be prepared for all weather conditions on your Geotour by reading our clothing and equipment section.

 

 

 

Clothing and Equipment

For every Geotour you should be prepared for localities in remote areas and be ready for varying weather. You will need to bring food and water, clothing and take personal equipment.

Clothing

Essential

  1. Thermal underlayers (top and bottom)
  2. Warm top overlayer (fleece)
  3. Walking trousers
  4. Waterproof and windproof jacket
  5. Warm gloves and hat
  6. Spare dry, warm, top layer*

Recommended

  1. Spare dry, warm, top layer.
  2. Sunhat

Equipment

Essential

  1. Footwear that has good grip and ankle support (walking boots)
  2. Rucksack
  3. Lunch and spare food
  4. Minimum of 1 litre of water
  5. Sunglasses and sun-cream
  6. Mobile phone with a waterproof case
  7. Whistle*

Recommended

  1. Camera
  2. A small amount of cash money for use in local shops, cafes etc and toilets
  3. Walking poles

*ONLY necessary for the ‘Making of the Mountains’ Geotour

 

Transport

Most Geotours are self-drive, for a few we provide transport and some involve only walking.

For our self-drive tours you must be aware of the following:

  • Please have enough fuel for the distance of the trip that will be driven
  • You will be following your tour guide in convoy
  • Some roads driven are single track with marked passing places
  • ‘Passing places should be used to allow vehicles from behind to pass’
  • It is against the law to park in passing places
  • Do not block any access for other vehicles/road users
  • Please read https://www.gov.uk/browse/driving/highway-code-road-safety for information on driving in the UK

Accommodation

We do not provide accommodation for our Geotours. However, we are happy to help you in any way we can. This could be help with booking or providing some local knowledge, of the most suitable places to stay.

Our recommendations based on location, in alphabetical order:

Ben Nevis Guest House

Located at the entrance to Glen Nevis this guesthouse is 15 mins walk from Fort William town centre.

www.bennevisguesthouse.co.uk

“Perfect walkable base for climbing Ben Nevis, cyclists welcome with lockable storage, great for families with multiple bedded rooms, or a cosy room for a romantic highland getaway. We offer a self drying room service with lockable storage for bikes and equipment, free WI-FI in rooms and have ample free parking.”

Four Seasons, Inchree

15 mins drive South out of Fort William, close to the Corran Ferry terminal. 3 chalets and rooms available. Restaurant and pub are onsite.

http://www.inchree.co.uk/

Glencoe Highland Holidays

Self-catering cottages in Ballachulish, 20 mins drive SW from Fort William.

http://www.glencoehighlandholidays.com/

Glen Nevis Youth Hostel

Based in the nearest Glen to Fort William it has undergone renovation in 2018

https://www.hostellingscotland.org.uk/hostels/glen-nevis/

For Ardnamurchan:

Ardgour Inn

“The Inn at Ardgour, Fort William, a hotel near Fort William in the Scottish Highlands, close to Ben Nevis and Glencoe. The Inn at Ardgour is a friendly, family-run hotel near Fort William in the Scottish Highlands, situated near Ben Nevis.”

https://www.ardgour.biz/

Ariundle Centre

“Located in the north west of Argyll, away from the beaten track and set amongst a backdrop of stunning highland tranquility, lies the Ariundle Centre. Our clean and comfortable lodge accommodation sleeps up to 26 people – families, groups, couples and individuals welcome.”

http://ariundlecentre.co.uk/

Terms and Conditions

Hereafter ‘client’ refers to the party who have booked a Geotour. This may be a group booking or an individual booking.

Booking

Please book your Geotour by 12 noon the day before the start date. No bookings will be accepted after this time. This is to ensure we can provide the best service to our clients.

The on-line booking form must be completed with all clients in a group being represented by the on-line booker.

Age restrictions for Geotours

We cannot provide a Geotours for under 18’s without the accompaniment of a parent/guardian/responsible adult.

Weather

All tours are weather dependent. Lochaber Geopark will try its best to work around the weather conditions.

Pets

Well-behaved dogs on a leash at all times, are allowed on Geotours. The pets are the sole responsibility of the owner.

Law

All clients must, at all times, comply with all laws applicable in Scotland. This covers abusive behaviour and driving laws.

Cancellation and Returns Policy

All money paid is non-transferable for another date.

Should the client cancel less than a calendar month (30 days) in advance, 50% of cost of Geotour will be refunded.

If the client cancels one week (7 days) or less before the Geotour start date there is no refund.

If Lochaber Geopark cancels a Geotour, which may be due to unforeseeable circumstances such as severe weather or illness of the guide, the client will receive a full refund.

The client has the right to cancel within 14 days after purchase online and receive a full refund, in accordance with the Consumer Protection Act.

Insurance

Lochaber Geopark has public liability insurance for Geotours. This does not include personal accident or belongings insurance. Participants should arrange their own cancellation insurance.

Waiver

All clients, on arrival for the Geotour, must sign a waiver produced by Lochaber Geopark for liability of Geotours, on the start day of the Geotour

Data Protection

The information will be used by Lochaber Geopark Association and Trading under GDPR regulations, updated in 2018. The information will be used by those working for Lochaber Geopark, who are involved in the planning and delivering of the tour, and never passed onto anyone else. More info on our privacy policy can be found on our Privacy & Cookies page.

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