As we made our way around the North of Scotland we stopped off at one of Scotland’s North West Highlands Geoparks – Knokan Crag Nator Creag a’Chnocain in Gaelic (which literally translates to Crag of the small hill). Rocks at the location give an insight in to 3,000 million years of history, alongside fascinating rock formations and vegetation which thrive in the base-rich soil.
The unique landscape is formed by the natural force of plates below ground called the ‘Moine Thrust’ and is part of an UNESCO endorsed accolade for an area of geological importance and special scientific interest (SSSI).
The trail to the top of the hill showcases an art installation which is a creative nod to the interesting facts about the rock that lies beneath the soil.
One of which, is the unique discovery that older rock lies on top of the new rock – a fact that has baffled academics. Surely, like a newspaper pile, the newest should be at the top?
Some of the latest research tries to solve the mystery, and suggests that due to unique platonic plate activity below ground the older layers force their layers to the top, pushing down younger rock downwards.
Further on lies the Allt Nan Umah valley (which means burn of the caves). A three mile walk takes you to historic caveswhere bones of reindeers, bears and wolves have been discovered. Excavations within the caves prove that wolves, arctic foxes, bears and lynxes once roamed the area. A 2,000 years old walrus ivory pin was also discovered there, which tells us that people were present in the area by the Iron Age (700BC to AD500).
These days, the land is now managed as a deer park which still thrives with interesting wildlife. Birds such as kestrel, wrens and eagles (in the summer) soar the skies, whilst other mammals such as short tailed voles, wood mice and foxes can be spotted on foot. If you’re exploring the park in warmer months, you may also see common lizards!
As a British brand, we are proud to show off the natural beauty that lies here in Great Britain. Landscapes which are rich in scientific facts, aesthetic appeal and educational value.
While we were in Scotland, we also stopped of at the Skye & Wester Ross Fishery Trust to learn about conservation issues in the area. Read the blog by clicking here or watch the video below.