5 Best Autumn Walks Around Inverness
Autumn is on it’s way once again – and we can’t wait! As trees are being highlighted with golds and reds we’re reminded of how amazingly beautiful the Highlands are. Put on cosy woolly jumpers, dust off your boots and explore, with our list of the 5 best autumn walks around Inverness.
Discover a new side to the Scottish Highlands with our guide to Inverness autumn walks
Just a short walk away from the Palace Hotel, Ness Islands are ideal for a short, easy Autumn Stroll. Marvel at the beautiful colours of the trees and bushes while listening to the soothing sounds of the River Ness. At night the islands are lit up by traditional street lamps, multicoloured string lights and spotlights creating mystical shadows. The walk is only 2 miles long and consists of concrete paths.
Falls of Foyers
The Falls of Foyers is a short but beautiful walk with spectacular views of the Great Glen Way. Explore multicoloured woodland leading to a magnificent waterfall cascading through a dramatic gorge. If you’re lucky you’ll also see some cheeky red squirrels scurrying around. Discover the quiet town of Foyers on the shore of Loch Ness before re-tracing your footsteps to the start of the walk. Refuel and enjoy a warming hot chocolate at the Waterfall Cafe admiring the views over the Great Glen Way. The route is steep and forest footpaths although good quality are often narrow.
Located only a 30 min drive away from Inverness, Rogie Falls is a must in autumn. A modern suspension bridge allows you to enjoy dramatic views over the gorge. The contrast between the green Scots Pine and the gorgeous golds make a great backdrop for the rushing falls. Despite having an artificial channel allowing Salmon to pass, you may spot some attempting to jump the falls if you’re lucky. Learn about the life cycle of a salmon and other wildlife with educational billboards. The walk is only a mile long and consists of marked forest footpaths which are boggy at times.
River Affric and Am Meallan, Glen Affric
Glen Affric is famed for its stunning views across dramatic hills and mountains, especially in Autumn! There are many fantastic walks in Glen Affric but this a personal favourite. The route is short, being only a mile long but is a perfect day out. There are several prime picnic spots, and toilets at the main car park. This route is comprised of two separate walks; the first part following the blue markers towards River Affric and the second following white markers for Am Meallan. The view from the memorial is breath taking; featuring the glen, Loch Affric and the peak of Sgurr na Lapaich.
Abriachan Trails is a longer walk of 5.5 miles, however there are shortcuts that can be taken for little legs! Experience fantastic woodland and moorland and admire sublime views along the way. Near the start there are toilets, a picnic area and lots of information on different trails. Not long into the walk you’ll find children’s play fort near a reconstructed bronze age hut. There is also a dragonfly pond close by! When you reach the top of Carn na Leitire you will greeted by absolutely stunning views.
For some more inspiration for walks in and around Inverness see Walk Highlands.
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