Global Network of National Geoparks

Darwin's Lochaber Lesson

Source : Published :August 12, 2009

The Parallel Roads of Glen Roy are enigmatic features that have generated great controversy, during the 19th century Charles Darwin judged them to be shorelines excavated by the sea during a high-level marine incursion. The matter was resolved by Louis Agassiz who drew analogies with features he had observed in the Alps to propose their association with massive glaciers nourished in the Nevis and other mountain ranges to the west. These gradually encroached into the lower Spean, blocking the natural drainage to the sea, to create the lakes and associated Roads.

Recently, scientists from Royal Holloway, University of London, have undertaken extensive research into the history of the glaciation associated with the 'Roads' and are now keen to come to Fort William to expain what their research has come up with.

If you would like to learn more about this fascinating story on your own doorstep, an illustrated evening lecture will be given on the evening of Friday 18th September in Lochaber College at 7:30pm, and a guided full-day excursion into Glen Roy and vicinity will take place on Saturday 19th September meeting at the view point at 10:30am.