The recent news from the Highlands of Scotland about extra visitors during the Coronavirus pandemic got me thinking about how we can enjoy Scotland’s Geoparks from a distance. Turning to the websites for the North West Highlands Geopark, Lochaber Geopark and Arran Geopark, I have been able to find lots of interesting information to keep you informed about these organisations, as well as filling a spare hour or two whilst we are all at home.
We set this quiz before Easter, and the answers are now given below; thanks to everyone who took part!
Q1 – What is the name of visitor centre in the North West Highlands Geopark?
The Rock Stop
Q2 – Approximately how many hut circles are recorded in the North West Highlands region?
Q3 – In what geological formation is the King’s Cave on the western side of Arran?
New Red Sandstone
Q4 – What is the approximate age of the granite intrusion that forms the northern part of Arran?
60 million years
Q5 – How many interpretation boards has the Lochaber Geopark installed in its area?
Q6 – What is the type of volcano found in Glen Coe and which is thought to be first ancient one recognised anywhere in the world?
Q7 – In what year did James Hutton visit Lochranza, in NW Arran to observe the geology?
Q8 – What is the name of famous dyke sequence found near Laxford Bridge, in the the North West Highlands Geopark?
Q9 – What is the approximate distance in km by which the Great Glen Fault is thought to have slid horizontally?
Q10 – What is name of the giant millipede that roamed Arran 300 million years ago?
Q11 – What is the name of famous lighthouse in the far west of the Lochaber Geopark?
Q12 – What was the approximate age at which the last glaciation ended in the NW Highlands?
11,500 years ago
Q13 – What is the name of the mountain range in which Ben Nevis lies, within the Lochaber Geopark?
Q14 – Where is the interpretation centre for Arran’s geology to be found?
Q15 – What is the approximate age of the Lewisian Gneiss rock found in the NWH Geopark?
3000 million years
Hopefully you found all the answers!
Honorary Secretary of Edinburgh Geological Society