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.< Go Back to Things to Do
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.
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.
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.