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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.

View up Great Glen from Gairlochy

Longest Glen

The Great Glen is the longest glen in Scotland. It cuts right across the Highlands from Fort William to Inverness - a distance of 104km (65 miles). It marks the line of a huge tear fault which was most active around 400 million years ago.

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Vitrified Fort, Glen Nevis

Early People

Soon after the last glacial episode ended some 11,000 years ago, early people started to moved north - mainly by means of primitive boats along the west coast. The first signs of human habitation in Lochaber are found at Kinloch on the island of Rum.

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