Whenever you stay in Inverness, a capital city of Highlands, you should not only think about walk around the city but also walk through the hills. There are some great mountains near Inverness worth to explore. Here is the list of 5 best hikes near Inverness Scotland, check it out!
The Great Glen Way
The Great Glen Way has 117 km length linking Fort William and Inverness. The route divides Scotland from coast to coast following the major natural fault lines of Great Glen. At first, you can try the lower levels route to get a good introduction to the Highlands. Furthermore, you should try the higher level of longer distance walking between Fort Augustus and Drumnadrochit that was introduced since 2014. Here, you can witness more dramatic views to pay your little more effort. Along the way, you will walk through the Loch Lochy, Loch Oich, and the forests above Lock Ness. There is also Caledonian Canal towpath, an engineering marvel was built by Thomas Telford. In the end of your journey, you can enjoy a natural continuation of the Highlands.
The South Loch Ness Trail
The South Loch Ness Trail has almost 50 km length that connecting the remote area of Loch Tarff to the outskirts of the Inverness. Here, you can explore the beautiful landscapes of the most famous loch in Scotland yet on the quitter side. Starting off to the first level, you will be welcomed by a small hill from Loch Tarff that offers astonishing scenery on the Strathnairn. The next section provide farmland landscapes and rivers alongside until the village of Foyers which popular with its dramatic waterfall. Continue the walk you will head through forests in the second stage to the hamlet of Inverfargaig. Then, you will follow a tiny road up to the hills before reaching Fair Haired Lad’s Pass. This is a highlight of the whole route due to its fantastic panorama over Loch Ness with the long descent to Dores. In the final stage, a low ridge towards Inverness will give you an excellent hillwaks with extensive views.
Other Short Walks Options
If you want to look for shorter yet impactful walk other than both above, these routes can be you other options for you.
First, you can go to Caledonian Canal and Dochgarroch Locks, Inverness. The route is started from the towpath of the Caledonian Canal continue to the locks of Dochgarroch. Here, you can enjoy a plenty of water activity on the far bank. The total length of the route is only 12 km takes about 3-4 hours walking.
Second, shorter than the route mentioned before, is River Ness and Caledonian Canal circuit that only takes 3.5-4.5 hours to finish 11 km route long. Not only enjoying the scenery that surrounding the River Ness, the shore and the amazing Caledonian Canal, you can have a nice walk during your time in the city. It’s the best way especially on a rainy day.
Third is the shortest walk in the Craig Phadrig. This is an ancient fort site where the wooded hill on the west side of Inverness. Through this short walk you can get a view over the Beauly Firth.
Which one is your choice from 5 best hikes near Inverness Scotland above?