Lovely Dog Walks
The Ness Islands, Inverness - take a short walk starting from the city centre following the riverbank along Castle Road and on to Ness Bank, passing the War Memorial and also the fountain, until you reach the first of the islands. This is a beautiful natural park where paths cross several bridges linking each island to the next. There are picnic tables and bench seating on the islands.
Brahan Estate, Dingwall, Ross-shire. IV7 8EE
Freephone: 0800 298 7388
There’s no better way to explore Brahan than on foot! Whether your fancy is for gentle walks or something more adventurous, we have something to suit all levels of taste, fitness and mobility. With over six maintained paths to explore, the estate is open to both visitors and locals. We are also very dog-friendly. Brahan allows walkers to experience 4,000 acres of unspoilt Ross-shire countryside, just 30 minutes north of the city of Inverness. There is an abundance of wildlife on the estate such as roe deer, pine martin, red kite, wood pecker, owls, red squirrel and many more, so get your camera ready! http://brahan.com/estate-map/
Culloden Forest, IV2 7PW is near Smithton, Inverness and can also be reached by bus from the city.
Right on the edge of Inverness, this popular forest is a great place to walk with your dog.
It's also full of history: the trees cover part of the site of the battle of Culloden, and the Prisoners' Stone is a grim reminder of that fateful day.
St Mary's Well has a Christian name, but it's a reminder of pagan traditions. It's still used as a place to make a wish and leave a scrap of cloth as a healing charm.
There are two marked trails; easy 0.5 miles and moderate 2.2 miles.
Daviot Wood, Inverness IV2 5XL - You get to the main car park from the northbound lane of the A9, about 1½ miles (2.4 km) north of Daviot village. Turn off the A9 following signs for the Tourist Information Centre. The car parking area has a number of picnic tables. The paths are wide and level which are suitable for cyclists and those on mobility scooters too.
Ord Hill, IV1 3ZG Coming from Inverness, cross the Kessock Bridge northbound on the A9 and take the second exit, signposted for Kilmuir and Drumsmittal, at the roundabout take the underpass onto a single track road. Turn right at the signpost for Kilmuir. The car park entrance is signposted to the right off this road.
- Some reckon this is the best viewpoint in Inverness. Trails wander through open, mixed forest, with wonderful views over the Moray and Beauly Firths.
Reelig Glen, Moniak IV5 7PR Buses to Moniack pass within ½ mile (800 metres) of Reelig Glen. From Inverness, take the A862 west towards Beauly. After about 6½ miles (10.5 km), turn left onto a minor road signposted to Moniack and Clunes.
Take a left fork after a long straight stretch of road and continue for another ½ mile (800 metres) mile to reach the small car park.- Reelig Glen is a narrow, steep-sided gorge, cut by the rushing waters of the Moniack. The woodland is a mixture of old conifer and broadleaved trees, but its real glory is a stand of Douglas Fir trees that are well over 100 years old. They soar above you to a height of about 170 feet (50 metres).
Culbin Forest IV36 2TG - Leave the A96 Inverness to Aberdeen road at Brodie, following the signs to Culbin. The main car park is at Wellhill where their is toilets and picnic tables- there is a charge for the car park. There's a fascinating network of tracks to explore and the level ground makes it easy. Hill 99 is the only waymarked trail, but you can use the Culbin map and numbered posts at path junctions to explore this unique, diverse and ever-changing coastal forest. Don't miss the panoramic views from the top of the amazing Hill 99 tower.
Roseisle IV36 2UB - From Forres, turn off the A96 onto the B9011 to Kinloss, then the B9089 to Burghead. Look out for the car park on the left after 6 miles (10km). There is a charge for the car park. If you're looking for a great beach and forest experience that's easy to reach for all the family you will enjoy it here. You can walk or cycle the trails or just relax on the sandy beach, and there’s a play area, barbecue equipment, toilets and a wildlife hide too.
Blackmuir Wood IV14 9BT From Inverness follow the A9 north to the Tore roundabout. Take the second exit onto the A835 (for Ullapool and Dingwall). Stay on this road for 10 miles (16 km) turning right onto a minor road for Kinnahaird and then right onto the A834 for Strathpeffer. Just as you enter the village there's a large white building on the right and a tourist information sign on the left. Turn right after the building and follow signs to the car park.
There's plenty in Blackmuir Wood to bring you back again and again, from the old curling pond by the car park to a fabulous maze of ancient Scottish rocks. You can run along the Cat's Back to the Iron Age hill fort of Knock Farril, or take it more gently on two well-surfaced trails. Either way, you'll enjoy great mountain views, and spectacular sunsets in summer.
Fairy Glen, Rosemarkie - from Inverness travel through Rosemarkie on the A832, pass the Plough Inn on the right and just beyond this is the car park on your right. Here there is an information board re. the walk and wildlife. This is a lovely walk with the pretty waterfall and pool at the end. The walk is around an hours duration. On your return walk you can continue on the footpath to reach the beach a short distance ahead.
Nairn Dunes and Culbin Forest Varied walk, taking in the beach and dunes to the east of Nairn, then a section of the Culbin forest before returning. Drive through Lochloy caravan park in Nairn and at the far right corner of the beach car park there is the path which leads behind the beach. You will pass The Ministers Pool on your left and soon you can enter the forest or continue down to walk along the beach. The choice is yours.