GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Inverness Canal and Forest Walk

5 miles (8.7 km)

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 OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Inverness Canal and Forest Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Dog Walking

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. On the south eastern side of the battlefield there's also the Clava Cairns and the Culloden Viaduct. The ancient Bronze Age site includes prehistoric burial monuments and the remains of a medieval chapel. It's also a short walk from the eye catching Culloden Viaduct which carries the Highland Main Line over theRiver Nairn.
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.
A few miles to the west there's the popular village of Beauly. It's a lovely place to visit with a number of independent shops, cherry blossom trees, a pretty square and the ruins of the 13th century priory to see. The Beauly River Walk will take you along the River Beauly with fine views across the Beauly Firth.
To the north east there's more interesting local history at Cawdor Castle and Woods. The 15th century castle is surrounded by beautiful grounds and gardens with more trails through the adjacent Cawdor Woods.


Inverness, Muirtown Locks - - 3076718

Muirtown Locks

Tomnahurich Bridge - - 1092509

Tomnahurich Bridge. This is a swing bridge which carries the A82 across the Caledonian Canal. The landing stage on the left is one of those used by the Loch Ness cruise boats which depart from here to avoid the need to open the bridge for them.

Caledonian Canal at A82 (2) - - 198617

Caledonian Canal at A82

Woodland stream, Craig Phadrig, Inverness - - 1247052

Woodland stream, Craig Phadrig, Inverness

Woodland walk around the hill - - 1438158

Woodland walk around the hill. My dog Josie enjoys a stroll through the woodland around Craig Phadraig

Radio masts on Dunain Hill - - 198626

Radio masts on Dunain Hill

Woodland, Craig Phadrig, Inverness - - 1247043

Woodland, Craig Phadrig, Inverness

The Great Glen Way - - 584438

The Great Glen Way


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