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Merkinch Local Nature Reserve

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Inverness, IV3 8AJ

This local nature reserve is a hidden gem in the heart of Inverness.


near Inverarnie, Inverness-shire, IV2 6XH

The small forest at Littlemill hides dramatic features that tell of a landscape very different from today's peaceful glen. The ridges and lochans are leftovers from the Ice Age, formed when glaciers ground their way across the land.

Walk Route: Circular route from Littlemill car park

  • Access: Earth and grass paths, some steep slopes
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Miles: 2
Knocknagael Boar Stone

Highland Council Offices, Glenurquhart Road, Inverness, IV3 5NX

The Knocknagael Boar Stone is a roughly shaped slab containing Pictish art, dating to between the fifth and eighth centuries.

Boleskine Graveyard

Boleskine, South Loch Ness, IV2 6XT

Boleskine burial ground is one of the most famous landmarks on the South Side of Loch Ness - discover its fascinating history!

Farigaig Forest

South Loch Ness, IV2 6XR

Take to the trails at Farigaig to spot colourful wildflowers, butterflies and red squirrels, and for impressive views over Loch Ness.

Dog Falls

Glen Affric, near Cannich, IV4 7LN

Explore the rapids and still, dark pools of Dog Falls, picnic beneath the pine trees by Coire Loch, or climb to a fine view of Glen Affric.

Corrieyairack Pass

Laggan, PH20

The Corrieyairack Pass, part of General Wade's military road, is a 770m high pass from Laggan to Fort Augustus.

Walk Route: From Laggan to Fort Augustus

  • Access: Experienced walkers only
  • Duration: 10-12 hours
  • Miles: 25
Fort George

VisitScotland 4 Star Visitor AttractionGreen Tourism Gold Award

Ardersier, Inverness-shire, IV2 7TE

March into Britain’s mightiest artillery fortress for an unforgettable experience.

Daviot Wood

Picnic Area (A9), Daviot Wood, Inverness, IV2 5XL

Daviot Wood is a great place to relax that's just on the doorstep of Inverness. The paths here are wide and level, so they're ideal for family cycling or mobility scooters.

Walk Route: Circular walk from Visitor Information Centre car park.

  • Access: Firm, wide track, some steep sections.
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Miles: 3
Dores Beach

Dores, Dores, South Loch Ness, IV2 6TR

Visit the village of Dores for great views down Loch Ness and enjoy a circular walk around Torr Point.

Walk Route: Circular walk from Dores Inn

  • Access: Woodland paths and pebble beach
  • Duration: 1-2 hours
  • Miles: 4
Whin Park

The Bught, Inverness, IV3 5SS

Whin Park in Inverness offers adventure play areas for all ages, outdoor exercise equipment for adults, a boating pond and narrow gauge railway - a great day out for all the family!

Ness Islands

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Inverness, IV3 5SS

The Ness Islands are a group of small islands in the middle of the river Ness, connected by Victorian foot bridges.

Walk Route: Circular walk from Inverness

  • Access: Level paths for all abilities
  • Duration: 1-2 hours
  • Miles: 3
Loch Ruthven

Croachy, Inverness-shire, IV2 6UB

This beautiful, tranquil Loch is the best place to see the rare Slavonian Grebe.

Reelig Glen

Moniack, near Beauly, IV5 7PR

Reelig Glen is a narrow, steep-sided gorge, cut by the rushing waters of the Moniack.


Abriachan Forest, Abriachan, Inverness, IV3 8LB

An excellent woodland and moorland walk using trails laid out by the Abriachan Forest Community Trust. Good views and a great many things to see.

Walk Route: Circular walk from Abriachan

  • Access: Good quality paths throughout.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Miles: 6
Caledonian Canal

Scottish Canals, Muirtown Basin, Inverness, IV3 5LE

A variety of level walks for all abilities along the Caledonian Canal from Inverness.

Walk Route: Circular walks from Inverness

  • Access: Level
Glen Affric

Glen Affric National Nature Reserve, Glen Affric, IV4 7LY

Circular walk around Loch Affric in the magnificent Glen Affric National Nature Reserve.

Walk Route: Circular Walk around Loch Affric

  • Access: Good tracks and paths, stream crossing
  • Duration: 4.5 - 6.5 hours
  • Miles: 11
Invermoriston Bridge

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Invermoriston, Invermoriston, Inverness-shire, IV63

Invermoriston's Thomas Telford bridge crosses the spectacular River Moriston falls. A great spot to see salmon leaping.


Ardersier, near Inverness, IV2 7QU

From the historic coastal village of Ardersier follow the shore path to Fort George, where you can visit the Fort and Highlanders' Museum.

Walk Route: Shore path from Ardersier to Fort George

  • Access: Level path
  • Duration: 30 mins - 1 hour
  • Miles: 2
Beauly Priory

Beauly, Inverness-shire, IV4 7BX

The ruined church of a Valliscaulian priory, one of three founded in 1230.

Meall Fuar-mhonaidh

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Drumnadrochit, Inverness, IV63 6XH

Meall Fuar-mhonaidh is the most prominent summit around Loch Ness. Enjoy spectacular views from the top!

Walk Route: Follow signposts from Bunloit car park

  • Access: Clear path, steep and can be boggy
  • Duration: 3-5 hours
  • Miles: 6
Divach Falls

near Drumnadrochit, Inverness-shire, IV63 6XW

Take a short, fairly easy stroll through atmospheric oakwoods to a viewing platform overlooking the dramatic cascade.

St Ninian's

Glen Urquhart, by Inverness, IV63 6TN

In a beautiful setting on the shore of Loch Meiklie, St. Ninian’s, built in 1853, has an Early Christian cross slab and Celtic design carpets.

Clava Viaduct

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Culloden Moor, Inverness-shire, IV2 5EJ

The Clava Viaduct spans the River Nairn near Clava, about 6 miles from Inverness. It is the longest masonry railway viaduct in Scotland.