Geo walk follows in Darwin’s footsteps

The Parallel Roads of Glen Roy

The Parallel Roads of Glen Roy (Doug Tulloch)

Lochaber Geopark is offering a chance to follow in the footsteps of Charles Darwin during a guided walk to the Parallel Roads in Glen Roy in June and July.

The strange ridges on the hillsides of Glen Roy are thought to be the old shorelines of lochs whose water level changed dramatically due to an ice dam which may have been formed by a falling comet.

Darwin, who was born 200 years ago, visited Glen Roy in 1838 and after spending 5 days exploring, described it as a, “most remarkable area”. Darwin came to the conclusion that the lines were once the edge of an ancient and long gone sea, he was apparently mortified to be later proved wrong.

The guided walks follow where Charles Darwin walked trying to discover exactly what had happened in this remote and beautiful glen.
The first walk, takes place during the European Geopark Festival on 3 June 2009. Minibus leaves Tourist Information Centre in Fort William at 10am and 2pm. Adults £5.00 and Children £2.50. Booking essential by calling 01397 705922.

If you fancy exploring Glen Roy and seeing the parallel roads on a self-guided expedition, the walk up the Corbett, Carn Dearg, provides a strenuous but rewarding outing. For a full description click here.

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