Beaches, Mountains and Islands

We are offering groups of three Geotours on consecutive days, at reduced daily rates for the tour-guide but with transport provided.  The details and activities of the individual tours will be the same as the regular one-day tours.

Start: for all the days we will pick you up in Fort William at our Visitor Centre, 9.30am.

Day 1: Ardnamurchan

The remote peninsula of Ardnamurchan includes the most westerly point in mainland Britain, and its most westerly village, Kilchoan. It has a rocky coastline with superb beaches and breath-taking views of the Small Isles of Eigg and Rum in the Sea of the Hebrides. Ardnamurchan is one of the most famous ring volcanoes in the world. Stops include:

  • Strontian, the place after which the element Strontium was named
  • Ardnamurchan Lighthouse and Visitor Centre
  • Ben Hiant, with views of Mull and the flanks of the volcano
  • Kilchoan Ferry Pier, with volcanic cone-sheets
  • The white sand dunes of Sanna Bay and the mighty gabbro ring
  • Ardnamurchan natural history museum
  • Achnaha with the ancient village of Glendrian

Involves some steep grassy slopes, sand dunes and boggy areas. Please be prepared for Scottish west coast weather. See our clothing and equipment page for more information.

Walking Grade Easy/Moderate

Day 2: Road to the Isles

The tour follows the A 830 road West from Fort William, through a deep cleft in the mountains, to the Sea of Hebrides and the ferry and fishing port of Mallaig. Stops include:

  • Neptune’s Staircase of locks on the Caledonian Canal with views of Ben Nevis and the Great Glen
  • The ‘Harry Potter’ viaduct and the memorial to the Jacobite uprising at Glenfinnan, with views down Loch Shiel
  • Spectacularly folded rocks west of Glenfinnan
  • Loch Morar, the deepest lake in the British Isles
  • Wonderful white beaches and the ‘machair’ the grass-covered dunes unique to NW Scotland, near Morar
  • Discover how to tell if solid rocks are upside-down
  • Unforgettable views of the volcanic islands of Eigg, Rum and Skye, volcanoes that grew as the North Atlantic began to open

Involves one short ascent on steep grass, a short walk on a rocky coastline and easy walking on beaches.

Walking Grade Easy

Day 3: Glen Coe

Ancient volcanoes and powerful glaciers have led to the world-famous rugged scenery of this sculpted valley (known in Scotland as a Glen). Travelling South through Ballachulish into Glen Coe, via the A 82, you will be stunned by your surroundings. Stops include:

  • Ballachulish slate quarry. Opened in 1692, this quarry supplied most of Scotland with roof tiles. If you look closely you may see some golden crystals. But don’t be fooled, they are pyrite!
  • Standing on the edge of an ancient volcano (caldera)
  • Banana rock!
  • Waterfalls by Queen’s cairn with flow-banded rhyolite, welded ash from the volcano nearby
  • The three sisters of Glen Coe
  • NW – SE trending fault lines showing movement of the volcanic rocks
  • A flinty rock which forms part of a fault intrusion
  • The scenery from blockbuster movies such as SkyFall

Walking Level Moderate

Overall Geotour

Cost: £250 per person

Tour-goers: A ‘grouping’ Geotour with different individuals booking

Minimum number of people: 4

Maximum number of people: 8

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