The world of Scotland’s Geoparks – Easter Quiz

Students exploring the geology of the Moine Thrust Belt at Knockan Crag. Photo: Rob Butler

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?
Scourie Dykes

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!

Neil Mackenzie
Honorary Secretary of Edinburgh Geological Society