A Short Winter Walk To A Very Historic Site

Visit the ancient fort of Craig Phadrig and enjoy stunning views over the Beauly Firth

Here in the Highlands, days are a little shorter in winter than summer. To point out, daylight hours in deep winter are 8 am to 4 pm! But that is no excuse to stay indoors. There are plenty of short walks around the area that you will be able to fit in. And one of those lovely winter walks is the short walk from Inverness to historic Craig Phadrig.

Where to start

The start of the walk is at the Forestry Commission car park on Leachkin Brae. This is in the Kinmylies area of Inverness. Furthermore, parking is free so no need to bring small change!

From the car park, take the well-signposted path up the hill. This path is a well-maintained forest track and as it winds uphill through the trees. Here you will get the first glimpses of the Beauly Firth. At the end of the track, you will find a steeper path going up to the ancient vitrified fort of Craig Phadrig. The site of the ancient fort is a grassy clearing, but you can still make out very clearly where the fort once stood.

The fort’s history

The fort is thought to have been built around 500BC and according to legend. And it was the home of the Pictish King Brude. Furthermore, it is said that King Brude met St Columba at Craig Phadrig and was converted to Christianity.

St Columba must have been pretty busy on his visit to Inverness and Loch Ness.  In fact, he is also believed to be the first visitor to have seen the “water beast” of Loch Ness!

You will certainly get a sense of history as you stand on the ancient ramparts enjoying great views over the Beauly Firth and beyond. The whole walk is only 2 km (1.25 miles). Important to point out is it is uphill. So allow at least 1 hour to complete the walk so you can take some time to enjoy the views and wander around the site of the ancient fort.

Take a walk through history

So talk a walk through history no matter what time of year it is! You can find out more about this fascination walk here.