This outcrop of Lewisian gneiss is exposed in a road cutting on the A838 just north of Laxford Bridge. It is a well known exposure with an interpretative panel in the nearby lay-by; it is known as the “multi-coloured rock stop”. Three different types of metamorphosed rock are exposed in the road-cutting, which beautifully exposes their relative relationships. This outcrop lies in the NW Highlands GeoPark and is one of the Geological Societies - 100 Great Geosites.
Laxford Brae - exercise
The virtual outcrop model here takes you to a version with annotated photographs that form part of an online field exercise to sketch and deduce the relationships between the different units that crop-out. The detailed photographs were taken by Ian Alsop.
The Laxford Brae Exercise
can be found in the Virtual field
trips & exercises section (coming