A Short Winter Walk To A Very Historic Site

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

Highland days are a little shorter in winter than summer (daylight hours in deep winter are 8am to 4pm), but that’s no excuse to stay indoors! There are plenty of short walks around the area that you will be able to fit in. One of those lovely winter walks is the short walk from Inverness to historic Craig Phadrig.

The start of the walk is at the Forestry Commission car park on Leachkin Brae in the Kinmylies area of Inverness. Parking is free here, 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 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 is thought to have been built around 500BC and according to legend, it was the home of the Pictish King Brude. 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, as 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), but it is uphill, so allow at least 1 hour to complete the walk and also take some time to enjoy the views and wander around the site of the ancient fort.

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