Knockan Crag National Nature Reserve


Path diversion UPDATE 21/06/24

Following recent heavy rain we have had to close part of the Thrust trail due to damage to the path surface. More information is available on our Visiting the reserve page.

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.

If you are looking to explore the local area, why not follow the Rock Route through the North-west Highlands? Or stop at the Rock Stop – the North West Highlands Geopark visitor centre?

Find out more about visiting Knockan Crag NNR.

Top attractions

  • 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.

What’s on?

Visit our Events page to see what upcoming events you can get involved in at this reserve.


17 Pulteney Street
IV26 2UP

Telephone: 01463 701600
Email: [email protected]

Further information

Follow our NNR Facebook page for up-to-date information on reserves across Scotland.

Follow NatureScot’s Scotland’s Nature blog and find interesting articles on Scotland’s natural heritage.

Knockan Crag is a key site in the North West Highlands Geopark.

Knockan Crag NNR is a member of VisitScotland, the GTBS (Green Tourism Business Scheme) and Welcome Ullapool.

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