Through the development of a North West Highlands Geopark business plan, community consultation and a workshop focused on developing an interpretation strategy for Coigach and Assynt, we found that although interpretation and information on walking routes and landscape is a key part of the visitor experience, digitisation into an app would create a central hub and improve access to this data. We are also developing a Sense of Place Toolkit, for use by local businesses and organisations to capture and communicate what makes our area so special. And finally a guidebook of walks in Coigach & Assynt has been published that highlights our rich natural and cultural heritage. The beautifully illustrated book, Walker’s Guide to Coigach & Assynt, by Dougie Cunningham, is available by mail order at https://www.leadinglines.net/shop-1/coigach-assynt-guide, as well at a number of local bookshops.

The aims of the project are to:

  • Produce an app providing interpretation of the landscape from walking and driving routes passing through the project area.
  • Highlight the geology that underpins the landscape of the local area and link it to the features of the landscape that people are passing through.
  • Offer information on local service providers that can be easily updated and added to at low cost.
  • Include several sites where virtual tours can be taken.

Work on the app, and Sense of Place Toolkit is almost complete, with publication due in the next few weeks.

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