Inverness and Loch Ness Walking Routes

From peaceful city walks in Inverness, to scenic trails around Loch Ness, our region of Scotland offers a wide variety of walking routes. We have long and short walks, accessible family-friendly tracks, challenging hikes and mountain climbs. There’s something for all levels and abilities. And all with the stunning backdrop of the Scottish Highlands. The ideal location for a walking holiday in Scotland.

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River Ness and Ness Islands

Planning a visit to Loch Ness? With a brooding atmosphere and mythical past, it’s a…...

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Cairngorms National Park

The spectacular Cairngorms National Park is easy to reach from Inverness. You can travel to…...

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Caledonian Canal

Cutting clean through Scotland’s Great Glen and connecting Inverness to Fort William, the Caledonian Canal…...

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Loch Ness 360° Trail

This stunning walking and cycling trail combines the South Loch Ness Trail with the Great…...

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South Loch Ness Trail

Meet the wild, unspoilt and uninterrupted side of Loch Ness. This trail forms part of…...

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Great Glen Way

The long distance walking trail, the Great Glen Way, is a challenging route through some…...

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The Preacher’s Footsteps at Glenmoriston

Near Inverness, there's a pair of footprints that have been in the ground for over…...

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The Affric Kintail Way

The Affric Kintail Way stretches from Drumnadrochit on Loch Ness to Morvich on Loch Duich.…...

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Glen Affric & Strathglass

Glen Affric is a magnificent glen and national nature reserve, located within the Strathglass valley…...

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Trail of the Seven Lochs

The Trail of the Seven Lochs (or TZL) is a circuit route spanning 50 miles…...

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Cairngorm Mountain

Based in the heart of the magnificent Cairngorms National Park, Cairngorm Mountain is an activity…...

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Reelig Glen

Reelig Glen is an ancient forest, known locally as Fairy Glen. This old woodland by…...

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Dochgarroch Loop and Clachnaharry Route

The Dochgarroch Loop is one of the most popular circular routes. The walk starts and…...

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Meall Fuar-Mhonaidh

Meall Fuar-Mhonaidh is Gaelic for “Hill of the cold slopes” and for the hillwalkers, among you,…...

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Caledonia Way

The Caledonia Way is a cycle route that runs from Campbeltown to Inverness, along 235…...

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Inverness City Walks

Inverness is a picturesque and compact city, which lies on the River Ness. With a mix of historic and contemporary architecture and plenty of museums, attractions, shops, bars and restaurants. It also has several great places to walk, such as the Ness Islands, Caledonian Canal and Dochgarroch Lochs. Most of Inverness’ city walks are relatively easy with well-defined paths.

Loch Ness Short Walks

There are many walks near Inverness and Loch Ness, which you can complete in under two hours. Some of our favourites include Urquhart Bay Woods, the Falls of Foyers and Aldourie Castle Circuit. For slightly longer and more challenging hiking routes, there are several hill walks with impressive summit views. Such as Carn na Saobhaidhe, Sron na Muic and Meall Fuar-mhonaidh.

Long-Distance Walking Trails

The Great Glen Way stretches from Inverness to Fort Augustus and on to Fort William, along the north side of Loch Ness. The South Loch Ness Trail runs back from Fort Augustus to Inverness, on the loch’s south side. Both routes combine to form the Loch Ness 360°, a loop around the whole of the loch. The full circuit route is around 80 miles long and takes around 6 days to complete on foot, but you can walk smaller sections and choose your own length of walk.

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