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Walks Around Inverness


Stunning Surrounding Scenery

If you are visiting Inverness and the surrounding area and are looking for walks around Inverness then read on. Here we are based in one of the most beautiful areas in the world. And as such we have an array of wonderful walks that you can explore when in the area. A variety of tracks and trails offer some wonderful walking experiences where you can take in the stunning surrounding scenery and sites.

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Ness Island to Caledonian Canal

Ness Islands

When visiting the city of Inverness itself it is well worth visiting the Ness Islands. Here an array of quaint and magical islands interconnect via a series of victorian bridges. And whatever time of year you visit they always have something special to offer. Cocooned by mature trees you can wind your way around, exploring various bays and clearings. And if you fancy an evening stroll it is lit up at night adding some extra magic!

Caledonian Canal walks

Our Highland Lassie boat is berthed right on the Caledonian Canal so this is on your doorstep if you stay with us. Here you can wander the towpath and explore all it has to offer. An abundance of wildlife inhabits many of the various habitats along the way. As you wander along you can take in an array of gorgeous scenery including Loch Ness and the surrounding mountains. Being part of the Great Glen there are many spectacular views to behold. And from here you can explore the South Loch Ness Trail too.

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South Loch Ness Trail

Forming part of the circular Loch Ness 360 loop the South Loch Ness Trail follows the south side of Loch Ness. A mixture of forest tracks, minor roads and a purpose-built trail form this walkway. Starting in Torbeck this wonderful trail takes in a variety of interesting sites. Suidhe Viewpoint and the Caledonian Canal are just a couple. Additionally, you will not only take in beautiful scenery but historical sites to such as Aldourie Castle, Dun Dearduil and Fort Augustus Abbey.

Craig Phadrig Fort

This lovely walk offers wonderful scenery at any time of a year and has some fascinating history too. Craig Phadrig Fort, built around 300BC in the Iron Age can still be seen today. Although all that is left an oval shape mound on top of the hill you can still lose yourself in the history it has seen over the years. Furthermore, as you meander through the trees you will catch glimpses of the Beauly Firth. Starting in the Forestry car park in Leachkin Brae you follow a well-signposted path up the hill. From here you follow its tracks until you get to the grassy clearing where this fort once stood.

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Meall Fuar Mhonaidh

This wonderfully named hill is not necessarily one you will know of but you will have seen it as it is in most photos of Loch Ness. Here you can walk up Meall Fuar Mhonaidh’s slopes following a well-marked path that leads you to the summit. It can be fairly steep in parts but it is well worth the exertion as the views from the top are spectacular.

Reelig Glen

Reelig Glen, a gorge formed by the flowing waters of the Moniack River, offers a wonderful walk through magnificent woodland. Important to note the ground can be uneven and it is advised to wear proper walking gear. Taking around an hour to complete this circular walk boasts some of Britain’s tallest trees.

Walks near Inverness

So if you are looking for Inverness walks, hopefully, you have found something here to whet your appetite. If you are looking for somewhere to stay and fancy something quirky why not book a stay with us on the Highland Lassie. A gorgeous boat with cabins available for booking you can enjoy a peaceful and quaint stay on the Caledonian Canal. Call us on 0789 595 6291 or contact us here for more information.

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