River Ness Islands and Caledonian Canal Cycle Paths in Inverness (Cycling) Route Details

Route Description

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This is a great relaxing route for all abilities. It is really flat and 99% traffic-free.


Mainly well-maintained canal towpaths and tarmac paths.

Hazards and warnings

There are a couple of road crossings and a level rail crossing though this can be avoided by the using a footbridge.

Detailed description

Start at the Ice Rink car park and follow the river downstream. At the "Infirmary" footbridge cross the river then head upstream on the opposite bank. Turn right into the Ness Islands and find your own route through the islands and back across the river. Turn left and follow the road or footpath past the Whin Park and boating pond to the swing bridge over the canal. Turn left and follow the canal towpath to Dochgarroch. Return along the same route and cross the road at the swing bridge to the opposite side of the canal. Follow the canal past the marina to Clachnaharry. The sea lock is reached either by a pedestrian level crossing or the footbridge behind The Clachnaharry Inn (good food and beer). Return to the start along either side of the canal.


The Ness Islands are many Invernessians favourite place to relax. The forested network of little islands is connected by a series of footbridges. In summer some hardy locals jump from the bridges into the always chilly waters of the river. Whin Park is great for kids and anyone else who might enjoy a boating pond, miniature railway or an ice cream. Highland Rugby Club play their home games at the adjacent Canal Pitches. The Caledonian Canal is popular with leisure craft and there is a good chance to see some holidaymakers (and the odd commercial vessel) navigate the locks at Muirtown or Dochgarroch where the Canal, River and Loch Dochfour all meet.

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