Walking in Glen Affric

Walking in Inverness and Loch Ness

South Loch Ness Trail

Walking in Scotland is one the great ways to explore this beautiful country and its natural landscapes and wildlife. From hiking up mountains, to strolling along the shores of shimmering vast lochs, you won’t be disappointed with the magnificent views. Whether you’re taking guided walks through the Scottish Highlands, or you’re planning hill walking in Scotland with friends and family, there’s walk for all abilities.

As with anywhere in Scotland, the weather is changeable throughout the year. So, put on your hiking boots, layer up, pack some waterproofs, and get ready for a ramble around some of Scotland’s most beautiful landscapes. And, don’t forget your camera!

Caledonian Canal and Canal Walks

The Caledonian Canal is 62 miles long, and runs from Inverness to Corpach near Fort William. This picturesque route can be broken down into separate segments depending on how far you want to walk. Start from Inverness city centre, and take one of the walks along the Caledonian Canal. Here, you can choose to go towards Muirtown basin or Loch Ness. As well as walking along the canal, you can cycle or cruise along in a barge. Or, you can begin at Whin Park next to the River Ness at the western end of Inverness and follow the towpaths along the Caledonian Canal to the locks of Dochgarroch. This walk is 7.5 miles long, and suitable for all fitness levels, and you can enjoy the countryside and architecture of Inverness.

Great Glen Way, from Inverness to Fort William

One of the best walking trails in Scotland is the route of the Great Glen Way from Fort William in the south west to Inverness in the north east. Here, the Caledonian Canal runs along an ancient fault line in the Scottish Highlands. So, you’ll be treated to magnificent mountain views and as you stroll along the 73-mile-long path. As far as hiking in Scotland goes, it’s a suitable trail for walkers of all levels, and it can be completed in five to six days.

Cascading Plodda Falls

Located near Tomich, the beautiful Plodda Falls cascade 46 metres down into a river in the Glen Affric National Nature Reserve. First, choose between two waymarked trails: the Plodda Falls Trail and Tweedmouth Trail. Starting at the car park, you’ll walk through woodland along the Abhainn Deabhag river. Then, you’ll reach the majestic falls that are surrounded by a Douglas fir forest. Here, you’ll find a fantastic viewing platform that juts out above the falls, giving you a birds-eye view of the flowing water. And if you want to explore the area further, the Glen Affric walk is one of the best walks in scotland. Here, you’ll be taken along the River Affric to the glistening waters of Loch Affric. If you’re lucky, you might catch sightings of red deer, golden eagles, and mountain hares along the way.
So, why not get close to nature and explore the Scottish Highlands by foot?


Whilst walking in Scotland, you’ll be treated to dramatic vistas all year round, as well as an abundance of wildlife. Whether your choose to hike the wonderful Seven Lochs Trail, or trek cross country across Affric Kintail Way, the never-ending landscapes will amaze you.

Great Glen Way

South Loch Ness Trail

Affric Kintail Way

7 Lochs Trail

Short Walks near Inverness

Caledonian Canal