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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.

The Highest Mountain

Highest Mountain

Ben Nevis attracts large numbers of visitors mainly because, at 1,344m (4406ft), it is the highest mountain in the British Isles. What is not so well known is that the mountain is an eroded caldera. The summit rocks were once 600m (2000ft) higher!

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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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