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 the area offers in abundance. Twisting trails and paths place you on nature’s doorstep, with Instagram worthy views in every direction. Focusing on walks in or near Inverness that can be experienced in a safe and socially distanced manner, we have used our local knowledge to put together some favourites.

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

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

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
View from Craig Phadraig

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
Walk bridge to Ness Islands

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

Culloden Battlefield

Last, but by no means least, 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

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?