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River Ness and Ness Islands, Inverness Walk

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Inverness is known as the capital of The Highlands – but before you head off for the hills, take a moment to explore the city. This is a great circular walk from the main train station that takes you along the banks of the River Ness and onto the Ness Islands.

Stepping out of the station we’re crossing over the road and heading down Union Street, left onto Church Street, right onto Bank Lane and then left at the end of the road towards Ness Bridge where we cross the river, and turn left along the river bank.

This walk takes in some of the key sights in the city – and first up is Inverness Cathedral, dedicated to St Andrew. It’s the most northerly Anglican cathedral in the UK. Designed by the renowned architect, Alexander Ross, it’s worth pausing for a moment to admire the intricate craftsmanship and carvings alongside the beautiful stained glass windows.

From here we continue our walk with the river to our left, along Ness Walk. It’s a lovely tree lined walk that makes you forget you’re in a city! We’re continuing along the walk, past the footbridge and on towards Ness Islands – a collection of natural islands in the middle of the river.

They’re all connected through a series of suspension foot bridges. Here you may see fishermen hoping to catch salmon or even glimpse a seal or any of the birds that live here. Following the foot bridges we find ourselves on the opposite side of the river and make our way back towards the city centre along the Great Glen Way.

You’ll pass by the War Memorial in Cavell Gardens – remembering the fallen in past conflicts. Heading onwards, back towards the Ness Bridge, you’ll see Inverness Castle towering above you and behind that is the Museum and Art Gallery which are worth a visit if you have time. At the bridge we’re turning right onto High Street and then taking a left onto Inglis Street where we see the station ahead of us.

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