Take a Tranquil Walk Across the Ness Islands in Inverness

Known as the capital of the Scottish Highlands, Inverness is a hub of bustling culture and history and yet, is still a great place to experience nature. A walk through Ness islands in the city centre of Inverness is a great way to explore the city while enjoying the natural beauty of the highlands, a must-do activity to add to your stack for any visitors to Inverness.

Where can I walk in Inverness?

Take a lovely walk across the stunning Ness Islands in the heart of Inverness.

Ness Islands are a collection of islands in the heart of the River Ness, connected by lovely Victorian bridges. Starting from the centre of Inverness, you’ll pass by the cities most famous landmark Inverness castle and the Inverness war memorial, surrounded by the spectacular floral gardens. As you travel upstream, you’ll stroll through traqunill parks full of wildlife and a wide variety of flora and trees – you’ll spot seals, seabirds, and if you’re lucky the dolphins of the Moray Firth. You can cap off your journey by visiting the charming Floral Hall, a horticultural paradise which even has some small waterfalls and fish to observe, as well as a tearoom inside to relax with a hot drink (the highlands are notoriously cold, after all!). A walk through the Ness Islands has something to offer for everyone, the keen nature watchers, walkers, or any newcomers to the highlands.

  • A complete walk of the islands takes around 2-3 hours, at around 7.5 miles.
  • The café is open from 10am to 4pm.

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