Stunning Walks in and near Inverness

Our Favourite Walks near Inverness

What better way to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Inverness than by exploring the walks Inverness offers in abundance? Twisting trails and paths place you on nature’s doorstep, with Instagram-worthy views in every direction. Here, we have used our local knowledge to put together some of our favourite walks near Inverness. Perfect to enjoy during your stay with us at the Kingsmills Hotel.

Protecting The Environment and Historic Sites

Please remember, when enjoying our beautiful part of the world, to take your litter home with you. And please don’t light fires or leave disposable BBQs. Our landscapes are so beautiful, we want to leave them perfect for everyone to enjoy. Furthermore, please don’t remove precious stones or damage historic artefacts in any way. We are very lucky to have access to touch and enter many special sites and we want to keep these sites open access to all.

Caledonian Canal and Dochgarroch Locks

The Caledonian Canal and Dochgarroch Locks kicks off our list of top walks. And does so in a spectacular manner. The gateway to Loch Ness and the famous monster that lurks within, this walk can be broken into different distances. And offers a flat terrain perfect for a leisurely stroll for all abilities. A stunning walk from start to finish with the Great Glen in the background. And a treat for all boat admirers when you reach the locks at Dochgarroch. 

Sunny day at Dochgarroch Locks
Dochgarroch Lock is a beautiful spot along the iconic Caledonian Canal.

Glen Affric 

Often referred to as ‘the most beautiful glen in Scotland’ this is an absolute must for anyone who loves refreshing walks and spectacular views. There are a range of Glen Affric walks for different distances and difficulties. Most take the short walk from the foot of the estate up to the lodge to take in the breath-taking scenery. However, for the more experienced walker, there is a 10-mile circuit that takes you deep into the Caledonian forest and around the snow-capped mountains.

View of Glen Affric mountains and loch
Glen Affric lives up to its name as ‘the most beautiful glen in Scotland’.

Craig Phadraig

The first of two walks with historic roots, the short ascent to the top of Craig Phadraig provides sweeping views across the Beauly Firth and Ben Wyvis beyond. The fort once found at the top was most impressive. Dating back to the Iron age and later occupied by a powerful Pictish king. Today the walls are easily seen as an oval-shaped mound. This route can be completed in around an hour – depending on how long you stay at the top to admire the views.

View over the Moray Firth from Craig Phadraig
The awe-inspiring view from Craig Phadraig, ancient Iron Age hill fort.

Ness Islands

This walk is a true gem and offers an experience that very few cities in the world can. Just minutes from the city centre, this Ness Islands walk, with its collection of small islands in the middle of the iconic River Ness, makes you forget that you are in the city centre and produces a sense of escapism. A short walk up-river hidden amongst the trees, off the river bank. The Ness Islands are wooded islands connected by foot bridges that were made in the mid-19th century. There is SO MUCH to see and do on this route.

A nature and wildlife haven, filled with deer, otters, salmon, seals and bats. With park benches for you to stop and have a picnic, this makes for the perfect family walk. From Inverness Cathedral and the Floral Hall to Whin Park and the chance to watch people fishing for salmon. And like the Caledonian Canal, can be broken up into different distances.

Walk bridge to Ness Islands on the River Ness
The Ness Islands are connected to the riverbank by a series of Victorian footbridges.

Ord Hill

Like Craig Phadraig, Ord Hill offers unspoiled views from the Beauly Firth, over Inverness and towards Fort George – but this time from the Black Isle. Short in distance but offering an occasional steep incline this walk is sure to get those calves burning. But the reward for reaching the summit is a fitting reward! 

View of the Kessock Bridge, North Kessock
Kessock Bridge, near Ord Hill, spans the Beauly Firth, between North Kessock and Inverness.

Culloden Battlefield

This route provides a walk down history lane to the tragic end of the Jacobite Rebellion in 1746. Led by the charismatic Bonny Prince Charlie, the Battle of Culloden is one of the most harrowing in British history. We highly recommend you take the time to explore the visitor centre and learn the powerfully emotive story of the Jacobites.

Path through Culloden Battlefield near Inverness
Culloden Battlefield was the site of a tragic 18th century battle in the Scottish Highlands.

Loch Ness 360° Trail

The Loch Ness 360° Trail is an epic walking adventure, looping the whole of Loch Ness. The route follows the Great Glen Way down the north side of Loch Ness and then continues back up along the South Loch Ness Trail on the south side. If you’re up for a challenge, you can complete the entire circuit over six days. But you can also just do one or two sections. Some sections are more challenging than others, so you can plan the perfect walk to suit you. The trail starts here in Inverness and passes through Loch Ness towns and villages such as Drumnadrochit, Invermoriston, Fort Augustus, Foyers and Dores. This is a spectacular way to experience Loch Ness in all its glory!

Hiker on the Great Glen Way
The Great Glen Way is part of the Loch Ness 360° Trail, a circuit route around the whole of Loch Ness.

These are just some of the walks that the area in and near Inverness offers. You really are spoilt for choice! So why not escape to Inverness and enjoy these picturesque walks alongside some famous Highland hospitality at the Kingsmills Hotel? Take a look at our latest special offers and book your break today!