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Scottish visitors urged to check out geopark

Posted 30 June 2010
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Scottish visitors urged to check out geopark
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Scotland's first geopark has urged visitors to head to the far north to check out its stunning scenery and long geological history.

The North West Highlands Geopark covers 2,000 sq km of land and includes rocks made of Lewisian Gneiss dating back 3,000 million years, its owners stated.

According to the park, it "offers a different type of trip for adventurous families, ramblers and outdoor lovers", being notable for "unimaginable age, incredible complexity, world class scenery and the important scientific discoveries."

Those thinking of visiting the region may wish to go to their nearest Go Outdoors store to pick up some Ordnance Survey maps to aid navigation and planning.

Among the walking and climbing available in the north-west highlands are four Munros - Conival, Ben More Assynt, Ben Klibreck and the northernmost Munro Ben Hope.

Smaller peaks include Suilven - which is lower at 2,399 ft but famous for its striking appearance and very steep sides - and another small but very steep peak, Stac Pollaidh (2,009 ft).