The Caledonian Canal isn’t just a fantastic feat of engineering, it’s also a great place for short walks in Scotland. The Dochgarroch Loop is one of the most popular circular routes. The walk starts and ends at Tomnahurich Bridge in Inverness, Scotland.
Suitable for all abilities, you can walk, run or cycle the 7.5 mile (12km) canal paths.
Your walk starts at the swing bridge leading towards Dochgarroch Lock. Begin your adventure on the towpath after taking advantage of free parking at the nearby rugby pitches. Look out for the original bridge keeper’s house, today used as a holiday home.
There’s plenty to see on this Caledonian Canal Walk, whatever you’re into. There’s always lots of activity happening on the water, as well as birds and other small wildlife to spot. As you stroll along the towpath, you’ll see the River Ness on your left and the canal on your right. It’s around four miles to Dochgarroch.
Walking in Scotland is a great activity for all ages, so pack a picnic and bring the kids with you on a sunny afternoon! Once you reach Dochgarroch, you can watch the boats at the locks, relax and have lunch in the picnic area. When it’s time to head back, just cross over the lock gates. The path on the other side is level and a great spot for cycling. You can rent bikes for both children and adults at a number of shops in the city centre.
While you’re near Dochgarroch, you might want to head the opposite way from Tomnahurich Bridge, towards Clachnaharry. This is a popular Caledonian Canal Walk taking you to Caley Marina, where you’ll spot boats of all sizes, including the ‘Lord of the Glens’, the largest boat to sail on the Caledonian Canal. You could even stop off at Merkinch Nature Reserve or head for Clachnaharry Lock for some breath-taking photo opportunities.
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