Walk in Inverness

The River Ness flows from Loch Ness to the sea, a distance of only about six miles, and passes through the centre of Inverness (the name means “mouth of the Ness”) just before the harbour.

view of the riverside Inverness

Following the river upstream from the town centre, makes a delightful walk and you will often see fishermen casting for salmon. On the castle side of the river, walk up Ness Bank and then, past the war memorial, along Ladies Walk. Follow the road, alongside the river until you come to an opening leading down to the bank and a footbridge on to the first of the Ness Islands. The Ness Islands, several small islands in the middle of the river, are linked by narrow footbridges and the area is wooded and very pretty. If you are lucky you may see a dipper in the fast water. If you prefer contact with warmer water, there is a nearby Aquadome with swimming pools and water features or spend an hour in the Floral Hall with its collection of cacti and exotic plants.


Inverness castle by River NessGo back downstream along the west bank with a lovely view of the castle on the way back into town. This way you pass Eden Court, the theatre, and the red sandstone St Andrews Cathedral. If you feel adventurous you can cross back to the other bank by the Infirmary footbridge, one of a very bouncy pair of suspension bridges spanning the Ness. You may well see fishermen casting for salmon in the river here, where it is quite shallow but very fast-flowing.


Muirtown basin at ClachnaharryFor a longer walk, leave your car near the flight of locks on the canal at Clachnaharry and walk along the tow path on the left side. After about a mile you reach the swing bridge where the canal passes under the A82 to Fort William and a little further on you may either continue along the towpath or turn off to join the River Ness walk at the Ness Islands and make your way back through the town for a bite to eat.


sunset from the main River Ness bridgeSometimes you may see a spectacular sunset from the main bridge spanning the Ness but, if not, then why not enjoy something to eat? Inverness has a great variety of places to eat from classy restaurants with a wide choice of wines to the ubiquitous burger bars for a quick snack. You can eat Italian, Mexican, French, Indian, Chinese or Thai food but, hopefully, you will try some local Scottish fare. From haggis to venison, from smoked haddock to wild salmon, you will find delicious fresh, local produce on offer. At one of the many bars and pubs in town you may sample a rare Highland malt whisky - the “uisge-beatha” or water of life. Try a different one every day and you will need to stay a long while to get through the choice! BACK

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