Knockan Crag

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The visitor center at Knockan Crag
The Globe

Knockan Crag is the name of a visitor area in the Northwest Highlands Geopark, which was opened in 2005 and represents an outcrop within a thrust zone. Several explained points in the area can be reached via a nature trail. The uninhabited location is on the A835 in the southern part of the Assynt region , a district in the west of Sutherland and about 20 kilometers north of Ullapool in Scotland . The Geopark, which has existed since 2004, is 2000 km² in size.

The area between the west coast and the Moine Thrust thrust zone is a geological feature. It was discovered in 1907. It forms the outer edge of the Caledonian mountain belt in north-west Scotland. In the country, the up to 10 km wide zone runs 190 km from the Scottish north coast to Sleat on the Isle of Skye . A small open-air visitor center explains the background of the geological situation at this location.

In the Geopark there are a total of seven stone sculptures by various artists embedded in the landscape. The most famous work of art is The Globe by Joe Smith , a ball composed of flat stones on a steep slope.

The other sculptures are:

  • Monoliths by Joe Smith
  • Pipe worm by Susheila Jamieson
  • Fossils by Susheila Jamieson
  • Earthwork by Jim Buchanan
  • Thrust : designed by Frances Pelly, built by Joe Smith and Max Nowell
  • Knockan Wall : Designed by Valerie Pragnell, built by Bruce Shelley


Web links

Commons : Knockan Crag  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Coordinates: 58 ° 2 ′ 1.6 ″  N , 5 ° 4 ′ 14.6 ″  W.

Individual evidence

  1. Scottish Natural Heritage: Rock art - Scotland's National Nature Reserves. Retrieved May 15, 2017 .