This is a companion volume to A Geological Excursion Guide to the Moine Geology of the Northern Highlands of Scotland, published in 2010 by NMS Enterprises Limited - Publishing in conjunction with Edinburgh Geological Society. Although new roads and bridges have been constructed since the excursion guide to the Assynt district of Sutherland was published in 1979, the dramatic landscape of the North-West Highlands of Scotland remains remote. This guide describes the bedrock geology from Ullapool northwards, including many classic localities in the Moine Thrust zone and its foreland. The area largely corresponds to the North-West Highlands Geopark. In preparation for this edition, a large team was assembled to provide up-to-date interpretations of the structural relationships, sedimentology, and metamorphic history. the 16 escursions vary from roadside stops to full-day mountain walks over rough terrain, with weather liable to sudden change. Advice is given on access, and on local accommodation and transport.
Kathryn Goodenough and Maarten Krabbendam have been working on the geological survey of the North-West Highlands for a decade. They and their colleagues have produced new 1:50,000 scale geological maps for the area described in this guide, as well as writing a range of scientific papers and other publications about the geology of this region.
Contributors / Acknowledgements / Foreword / Editorial Introduction / Background Introduction / Geological Framework of the North-West Highlands Excursions: Loch Assynt and the Achmore duplex A transect through the Canisp Shear Zone, Achmelvich Stoer Group at Stoer peninsula Stoer Group at Enard Bay Ullapool River, Creag nam Broc and Glen Achall Knockan Crag and the Knocken clippen Trailigill and Bealach Traligill Conival and Ben More Assynt Glen Oykel and the Loch Ailsh Pluton Cam Loch and Ledmore and the Loch Bollalan Pluton Glencoul Scourie Mor Tarbet Durness, Balnakeil Bay and Faraid Head The Moine Thrust at loch Eriboll Roadside stops around the North-West Highlands References