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Parallel Roads

John Cousins (March)

I took this shot of the classic 'Parallel Roads' in Glen Roy, North of Fort William on my way to pick up our team of winter mountain leaders as they finished their three day snowholing trip (don't worry there was plenty of snow up on the Creag Meagaidh plateau).

While they look at first glance like something the local farmer has built these natural landforms are internationally renowned and a really good example of the formation and catastrophic drainage of a series of ice dammed lakes at the end of the last ice age. It seems that the Parallel Roads in Glen Roy are exceptional in terms of the extent, clarity and degree of development of the glacial lake shorelines. These record in detail the processes of landscape development both during and following successive stages of glacial lake development and catastrophic drainage.

The Parallel Roads and associated landforms are protected as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Part of Glen Roy is also a National Nature Reserve.

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