Things to do Merkinch Local Nature Reserve

Merkinch Local Nature Reserve

This hidden gem in Inverness is a haven for wildlife.

Merkinch Local Nature Reserve

Merkinch Local Nature Reserve is one of Inverness’ hidden gems.

Parking is available at the turning circle at the end of Kessock Road. 

From here there is a good path suitable for all abilities leading to the Caledonian Canal towpath. This route allows you to explore smaller paths and boardwalks leading into the nature reserve.
The circular walk is between 1.25 and 2 miles depending on how far you explore. So you can either experience this as part of a longer walk or cycle or a quick excursion if you’re short of time.

The nature reserve consists of tidal pools, marshes, reed beds and scrubland and is a haven for wildlife. And you have a good chance to see roe deer, owls, weasels, herons, cormorants and various wading birds. Moreover, after a busy day, there are lots of benches dotted around the site. So take some time to have a seat and watch the birds!

If you are planning a detour to the nature reserve as part of a walk or cycle along the Caledonian Canal towpath, look out for the signpost between Muirtown basin and Clachnaharry on your right-hand side.


Accessible Friendly

Free Parking



Craigton Avenue