Inverness Loch Ness Woodland Walks
Inverness Loch Ness is a great destination for those looking to connect with nature, as we enjoy amazing access to the great outdoors.
As well as our legendary loch and some seriously majestic mountains, the Inverness Loch Ness area is also blessed with a selection of fantastic forests – perfect for those enjoying walking holidays near Loch Ness, people interested in mountain biking in the Highlands or history buffs looking to discover a piece of our hidden past...
Situated 10 miles outside of Inverness near the enchanting Victorian spa town of Strathpeffer is Blackmuir Wood – a forest area with something for everyone! Check out the ancient rock maze on arrival, walk to the Iron Age for at Knock Farril or simply enjoy a stroll on well maintained paths. The area is surrounded by mountain scenery and photographers will enjoy the opportunity to snap some superb sunsets here in the summer months.
This impressive Iron Age hill fort within a forest is only a short hop from Inverness city centre and was once the stronghold of the Pictish King Brude. Dating from around 300BC, the site is now a great place for a walk near Inverness http://www.visitinvernesslochness.com/blog/craig-phadrig-walk.aspxand offers amazing view across Inverness and the Beauly Firth.
Situated just outside the city of Inverness Culloden woods offer an interesting day out for all the family. Streatching across a corner of the infamous battlefield, the woods are home to the prisoners stone, which marks the spot where 17 were shot following the bloody battle. Visitors can also enjoy St Mary’s well where the ancient tradition of taking the water, making a wish and leaving a token tied in the trees endures – creating a haunting backdrop to your woodland wanderings. If all of that is a bit too serious, children will enjoy the dedicated Gruffalo Walk in these woods.
A pine and larch forest that is home to owls and deer, easily accessible from the A9 south of Inverness. Paths are wide and narrow so a good spot for family cycling or those with mobility aids. Waymarkers along the trails help you work out just how far you’ve walked!
Now a wonderful woodland to walk in, Littlemill Forest has grown onto an landscape carved by the glacial movements of the Ice Age, making it a landscape all of it’s own – which is even more astounding when viewed in spring with the wildflowers in bloom. South of Loch Ness and accessed from the B851, the woods provide a habitat for roe deer, so keep your eyes open!
This rare bog woodland between Inverness and Dingwall is well worth an explore – but be sure to bring your wellies! The 100+ hectare site is made up of pine and birch – keep an eye out for tiny trees - they are actually ancient examples whose growth has been inhibited by the soggy environment!
Another mystical spot for woodland walkers to explore is this “Clootie Well” on the Black Isle outside Inverness. Believed to be a place of spiritual significance, the well, or spring, has long attracted supplicants who touch the water and make a wish, tying a token of their visit in the surrounding trees as a talisman for the object of their wish and thank you to the powers at work here in the woods.
Billed as “The best viewpoint in Inverness” and just a couple of miles out of the city Ord Hill is a mixed forest full of trails to allow visitors to explore. The area is also the home of an ancient hill fort the ruins of which can still be discovered by intrepid explorers
Home to “Big Douglas” the one-time holder of the title of Britain’s Tallest Tree, Reelig Glen is an awe inspiring spot for woodland walkers. Set within a steep-sided gorge, cut by the waters of the Moniack, the woodland offers a 1 mile circular route from the car park – perfect for an afternoon's outdoor entertainment.
- These are just of few of the great forests and woodlands near Loch Ness and Inverness – check out our places of interest page for more info and inspiration to explore the great outdoors!