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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.


pothole

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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Desert sand dune

Past Environments

When 'Scotland' was first assembled together from different sections of crust it lay south of the equator. As it 'drifted' northwards the sediments subsequently laid down record a great range of different environments - from tropical forests to hot sandy deserts.

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