Not all walks around Inverness and Loch Ness necessarily involve hiking boots and rucksacks…there are several shorter and gentle walks perfect for an evening stroll or an afternoon walk with the family. A real treasure only a short walk from Inverness city centre are the Ness Islands, a beautiful natural park. This group of islands in the middle of the River Ness are connected by suspension bridges, built in Victorian times.
The paths around the Islands are level and suitable for all abilities.
The walk will take about one hour (distance approximately 3 miles), but you can cut across one of the bridges and shorten the walk if you wish. Of course you can always take a bit longer and have a seat on one of the many benches and picnic places and watch the world go by or read a book in perfectly peaceful surroundings!
If you are feeling energetic, the loop around the Ness Islands is perfect for a leisurely 5k morning run – so perfect in fact that almost all running events in Inverness take in the Islands one way or another with the Race for Life and several 5k fun runs all choosing the Ness Islands loop as their running route! Watch out for the bouncy suspension bridges though – they can become very bouncy indeed with groups of runners all crossing at the same time!
The Ness Islands walk takes you past a number of other Inverness attractions and places of interest, such as Whin Park for the young ones, Inverness Ice Centre, Inverness Botanic Gardens (just past Whin Park) and Inverness Cathedral – you can enjoy a whole day out and about without using the car once!
Walk Route: Circular walk from Inverness
Access: Level paths for all abilities
Duration: 1-2 hours