Inverness Canal and Forest Walk
This varied walk from the city first takes you along the Caledonian Canal before heading to the nearby Craig Phadrig Forest.
The route uses a section of the Great Glen Way and other footpaths to explore this beautiful area.
The walk starts on the canal at the Muirtown Locks and follows the towpath south to the Tomnahurich Bridge. You then follow the Great Glen Way west to Dunain Hill and a small reservoir. You then turn north past Leachkin to visit Craig Phadrig Forest. Here you'll find some peaceful woodland trails and an Iron Age Hill Fort which dates to around 300 BC. There's great views from here to the Beauly Firth and the highlands across it.
The area is great for wildlife with lots of woodland birds to see. There's also an on site car park.
After exploring the forest the route returns to the city on the same paths.
Inverness Canal and Forest Walk Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Inverness Canal and Forest Walk Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Inverness Canal and Forest Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Inverness Canal and Forest Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The woods are particularly popular with dog walkers so you should meet other owners on this part of the walk.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
To continue your woodland walking around Inverness head east to visit Culloden Wood near to the historic Culloden Battlefield.
The Caledonia Way also runs along the canal. This epic cycle route runs for 234 miles from Campbeltown to Inverness. It's a great way of continuing your cycling or walking in the area.