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Education and Enjoyment – Encouraging Slow Tourism in the Northwest Highlands Geopark

In summer 2021, the North West Highlands Geopark Ltd delivered the Education and Enjoyment – Encouraging slow tourism in the North West Highlands Geopark project funded by NatureScot through the BetterPlaces, Green Recovery program.

This important project was designed to conserve key geoheritage sites within the North West Highlands Geopark that have become visitor hotspots and engage with visitors to promote the understanding and enjoyment of the region in a sustainable way.

As part of this work, a touring leaflet was developed, interactive visitor information maps created, and bike racks installed at Smoo Cave.

Headline achievements:

  • Creation of a Touring Leaflet for the North West Highlands Geopark
  • Creation of new interactive visitor information maps for hotspots in the Geopark
  • Racks for ten bikes installed at Smoo Cave
  • Monitoring and recording of data at six visitor hotspots in the Durness Community Council area
  • Formal engagement with 342 visitors
  • Repair of drystone wall at Ceannabeinne township trail, preventing vehicles accessing the site to camp.
  • Cutting back gorse bushes above Ceannabeinne beach carpark, removing privacy to prevent toileting
  • A set of eight recommendation which can be found in the full project report.