The North West Highlands UNESCO Global Geopark is pleased to announce a new Geotour for 2020 – The Highlands Controversy. The tour follows the pioneering geologists of the 19th century in their attempts to unravel the geological history of the northwest highlands. You will discover the role played by such figures as Roderick Murchison, Archibald Geikie, Matthew Heddle, James Nicol, Charles Lapworth, Ben Peach and John Horne at a time when the amateur geologists challenged the established views of the official Geological Survey.
This tour complements existing, very popular, tours that the Geopark have been running for a number of years with expert tuition by Geopark staff. As home of the oldest rocks in Europe, the first identified thrust fault, the oldest and biggest meteorite impact ejecta and with evidence of the earliest life; the North West Highlands Geopark really is the “Cradle of Geology”.