Sitemap | Low Graphics Version
North West Highlands Geopark

The North West Highlands Geopark (NWHG) was established in 2004 as Scotland’s first Geopark and is a member of the European Geopark Network. Since 2004 the NWHG has been managed by the Sutherland Partnership but from December 2012 the enterprise has been taken on by the local communities within the Geopark as a social enterprise.

GeoRanger and Geodiversity Audit

This project ran from 2009 to 2012 and outcomes included the employment of a GeoRanger, the production of a Geodiversity Audit and Local Geodiversity Action Plan, the production of soil boxes to teach young people about their geological heritage and the delivery of a series of walks, talks and educational presentations to promote and preserve our outstanding geological heritage.

The project was funded by Highland LEADER, Scottish Natural Heritage and the Sutherland Partnership.

GeoCentre Feasibility Study

This project saw the production of a Feasibility Study examining the establishment of a world class visitor attraction to promote and preserve our geological heritage. The project also involved consultation with the communities within the park and the community councils have collaborated and agreed on a preferred site and negotiations have begun.

The project was funded by Highland LEADER, Scottish Natural Heritage and the Sutherland Partnership.

Useful links

North West Highlands Geopark

Lochaber Geopark

Shetland Geopark

European Geopark Network

Press and Promotion

European Geopark Network revalidation April 2010

Lonely Planet: The perfect trip to the Scottish Highlands October 2012

Arkle from Loch Stack
Photographer: Iain Sarjeant
Part of the Sutherland Partnership Biodiversity Collection
Arkle from Loch Stack
Photographer: Iain Sarjeant
Part of the Sutherland Partnership Biodiversity Collection