Loch Ness and Inverness have got many well-known beauty spots. Like the classic view of Loch Ness from the shores of Dores. Or the beautiful, picturesque sights overlooking the River Ness. But here are three of our favourite “Hidden Highlands” haunts that you may not have heard of yet and that are well worth a visit!
Hidden Highlands: 3 Favourite Haunts in Inverness and Loch Ness
Reelig Glen: Hidden Highlands at its Best
When it comes to things to do near Inverness, beautiful Reelig Glen near Beauly is the perfect spot to explore for nature lovers! Here you can find some of Britain’s tallest trees, some well over 100 years old. A well signposted circular walk takes you through this hidden glen – keep an eye out for wildlife as you go! While you’re there, don’t miss a visit to the village of Beauly for a browse around the little independent shops and a coffee stop…
RSPB Corrimony: Highland Walks with A Difference
The Corrimony Nature Reserve is a hidden gem between the Great Glen and Glen Affric and is managed by the RSPB. You will find many species of birds here all year round, some of them are found nowhere else in Britain! A walk here is perfectly peaceful through moorland scenery and Caledonian forest. Don’t forget to explore nearby Corrimony Cairn, an ancient stone circle and chambered cairn, which is thought to be around 4,000 years old. It’s incredibly well preserved and you can walk through the passage into the inner chamber … but not quite go back in time!
Ness Islands: Hidden Highlands in the Heart of Inverness
If you have always wanted to visit Loch Ness, then you have to visit the little Ness Islands. Set in the middle of the River Ness, this little group of islands are within easy walking distance to the city centre. So how can they be “hidden”? Amazing as it may seem, many people visit the Highland Capital without venturing away from the High Street and Inverness’ well-known tourist attractions. Which means they end up missing one of our favourite Inverness beauty spots! The Ness Islandsare a natural park linked by Victorian suspension bridges, and even in the height of summer, you will find some peace and tranquillity here. Simply bring a picnic and sit down on one of the carved benches watching the waters of the River Ness flow by….