UPDATE: Please note Knockan Crag will be closed for 2 weeks from Monday 25 January to Monday 8 February due to works on site.
- Maintain hand hygiene
- Follow physical distancing guidelines
While you are out and about, please take extra care to follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.
Thank you for your patience and support; we look forward to welcoming you back safely.
Where continents collide
Amazing stories stored in the rocks come to life at Knockan Crag National Nature Reserve (NNR) – a visitor attraction in the North West Highlands Geopark – where we guarantee you an earth-moving experience. It’s hard not to get excited about rocks and geology at Knockan Crag. It holds the key to an amazing story of colliding continents and scientific intrigue.
The low cliff of Knockan exposes rocks that set the scientific world ablaze in the 19th century. The Moine Thrust, as it is known, was created by the force of two continents crashing together many millions of years ago.
Whenever you choose to visit Knockan Crag you’ll find something new to inspire you. There is stunning sculpture and the evocative poetry of Norman MacCaig carved into the rock. And there is always breathtaking scenery and a sense of Scotland’s ancient history.
Find out more about visiting Knockan Crag NNR.
- Be amazed by the awe-inspiring scale of Scotland’s geological history.
- Wander sculpture and poetry trails, with breathtaking mountain views.
- Learn to read the landscape for signs of the distant past.
Find out more about the reserve and its natural history.
Visit our Events page to see what upcoming events you can get involved in at this reserve.
Reserve manager: Sue Agnew
17 Pulteney Street
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Knockan Crag is a key site in the North West Highlands Geopark.
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