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Fascinating Facts

Welcome to Lochaber Geopark

Filte gu pirc-gedha Loch Abair


The Lochaber area is renowned for Ben Nevis and for its spectacular scenery. The aim of Lochaber Geopark is to raise awareness of the extraordinary story behind the formation of the local landscape. Find out here about some of the amazing geological events which have shaped this part of the Highlands, watch a fascinating video on how Ben Nevis was formed or join us on our popular Rock Safaris.


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Deepest Pothole

Uamh Nan Claig-Ionn (Cave of the Skulls) is one of many sporting caves formed in bands of metamorphic limestone which run in a north-easterly direction across Lochaber from Appin to Glen Spean. At 48m deep it is Scotland's deepest pothole.

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Mountain Building

Many of the rocks that make up Lochaber were originally laid down some 800 million years ago as sediments at the bottom of a great sea. Around 460 million years ago these same sediments were squeezed and folded to create the mighty Caledonian mountain chain.

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