Glen Roy

We explore the beautiful but little-visited valley of Glen Roy to discover how ice ages have shaped the Highlands.

Highlights of the trip include:

  • Visit the famous ‘Parallel Roads of Glen Roy’.
  • See the evidence for a deep ice-dammed lake during the last ice age.
  • Learn how the landscape was shaped by ice and water
  • Understand how ice and water created the deep gorge of the River Spean
  • Learn about the origin and frequency of ice ages.
  • Visit the last Clan battlefield and learn about the lawless west.
  • Discover a secret meeting place of Catholics during times of persecution.

Start and end location at Darwin’s Rest Café and Geopark Visitor Centre in Roy Bridge. From Fort William follow the A82 North towards Inverness. After 10km, at Spean Bridge, turn right onto the A86. After 4km you will see Darwin’s Rest cafe on the left before the bridge over the River Roy.

Start time We recommend arriving at Darwin’s Rest at around 12.00 for lunch, and use of the facilities, before departing at 12.30 pm.

End time approximately 16.30.

Distance travelled from Darwin’s Rest 20km

Involves several short walks, the longest being approximately 1 hour along an unmade-up road with a small climb at the end. There is also an optional 100 m climb up a steep grass slope to one of the Parallel Roads. Please be prepared for Scottish west coast weather. See our clothing and equipment page for more information.

Walking Grade Easy/Moderate

Cost and booking: £50 per person and kids go free, just book adults in and let us know that children are coming. To book more than one person just increase the quantity of bookings in your online basket.

Other parties may be taking part in the same tour. Up to a total of 8 people per Geotour.

Discounts are on individuals party booking size and not the final group.

If you want to be the only person on a Geotour please visit book a Bespoke Geotour.

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