5 Stunning Walks In & 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 & paths place you on natures doorstep, with Instagram worthy views in every direction. 

Focusing on walks in or around Inverness that can be experienced in a safe and socially distanced manner, we have used our local knowledge to put together our favourite five. 

Caledonian Canal & Dochgarroch

The Caledonian Canal & Dochgarroch kick off our top 5. 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. 

caledonian canal walk near Inverness
Caledonian Canal | Image Courtesy of @fotozabek

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.

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 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. There is SO MUCH to see and do on this route. 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.

River Ness on sunny day
River Ness towards 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! 

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.

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?