A Walk in the Woods: The Best 24 Forest Walks Near Inverness

A Walk in the Woods: The Best 24 Forest Walks Near Inverness

The forests around Inverness in Scotland are some of the most beautiful in the world. You can be taken back in time at the hill fort at Craig Phadrig or the battlefield at Culloden Wood, see the stunning views at Ord Hill, or enjoy the natural wonder at Reelig Glen. With their tall trees, winding paths, and fresh air, they are a great place to enjoy a peaceful walk. If you're looking for an excuse to visit Inverness, then look no further – these twenty-four forest walks are sure to charm you!

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    24 fantastic forest walks to enjoy near Inverness

    In this blog post, we will be listing the many forest walks around Inverness.

    There's nothing better than a stroll in the forest walking the dog or taking in the scenery. Have a look below at the forest walks available on the interactive map and click on the buttons below the map for each walk, to be taken to the Forestry Commission pages for further information on the forest trails.

    Craig Phadrig

    Imagine a time when people lived in harmony with nature, not only for their survival but also to enjoy what this land had to offer. One such place can be found deep within Scotland's forests: Craig Phadrig hill fort.
    In 300 BC it was first built as an Iron Age fortress before being lost to history until being reoccupied by a powerful Pictish King who made it his headquarters. Today its mound stands strong atop the hilltop looking out over Inverness towards the Beauly Firth. Moderate-length trails through the forest can be found here as you take in a piece of history on your walk.

    Culloden Wood

    Culloden wood is a great place to walk, run or ride. It's also full of history after the famous battle at Culloden between the Jacobites and the British government troops: the trees cover part of the site where the battle took place and the Prisoner's stone found on the walk is a reminder of the infamous day!

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    Ord Hill

    It's hard to find a more dramatic spot than this outlook at Ord Hill just north of the city. The trails wander through open forests with wonderful views over the Moray and Beauly Firths. There is even an Iron Age hill fort waiting for those who explore its remains-the nearest neighbours would have been the inhabitants of the famous Craig Phadrig hill fort.

    Daviot Wood

    Daviot Wood is a beautiful place to explore that's only just outside Inverness. The paths are wide and flat so they're great for family cycling, mobility scooters or just walking alone with your thoughts! You can also find many different types of wildlife - from dragonflies to owls who hunt throughout the night. Plenty to spot whilst out with the kids!

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    Reelig Glen

    If you're looking for a spectacular natural wonder to explore, then look no further than Reelig Glen. The forested gorge is one of the most picturesque places I've ever been! As soon as we entered this forest heading deep into nature, and saw the tall Douglas Firs (the glen is famous for) above us smiling down appraisingly at our height, I knew that this forest was going to be one of my favourite spots.

    Munlochy Clootie Well

    Clootie Wells, a type of folk medicine found in Celtic places like Cornwall and Ireland that is linked to ancient healing traditions. The rag or cloot is dipped into the well and tied onto a tree with the hope it will help you get better if you're sick! A couple of short trails are available at the Clootie Well at Munlochy so perfect for walkers looking for a quick leg stretch.


    Steep banks and ridges were left behind by glaciers thousands of years ago, forming deep lochans that are now home to many roe deer. Wildflower displays can be seen throughout the springtime when warm weather finally arrives after months-long cold spells
    The small forest at Littlemill has dramatic features that tell a story about how nature has changed over time - the peaceful glens today transformed into rugged woodlands with scenic views typical of the Scottish Highlands.

    Monadh Mor

    Monadh Mor is a place in Scotland where you can see rare bog woodland, and it might just be one of the most beautiful spots that exist. Over 100 hectares have been restored with trees like birch and pine - which coexist beautifully alongside ponds swamps mosses on the original natural landscape!

    Clash Wood

    The serene Clash Wood just next to Muir of Ord is the perfect place for a quick walk with your pet, family, or friends. If you're feeling energetic there are plenty of trails (that aren't waymarked) that will take maximum advantage of this beautiful environment.


    Culbokie woods on the edge of Black Isle are a great place to explore for nature lovers. The forest here has an open and light feel with lots of flowers in spring as well as red squirrels and small birds that can be seen throughout your journey through these wonderful woodlands!

    Blackmuir Wood

    Blackmuir Wood is a photographers dream with its old curling pond and Touchstone Maze. Two well-surfaced trails allow you to take it more gently if desired, or run along the Cat's Back which has spectacular sunsets in summertime!

    Learnie Red Rocks

    Mix together challenging forest tracks and dedicated mountain biking trails for an awesome day of riding at Learnie Red Rocks. These purpose-built areas are great fun, especially if you're looking to get some exercise while being full of adrenaline! You can enjoy both novice and intermediate levels without feeling too overwhelmed by difficult terrain on this ride; it's perfect no matter what your skill level may be.


    Whether you're looking for a short, easy trek through the forest or an exhausting uphill challenge with spectacular views of Strathconon far below - Contin has something that will suit your every request. The trail is home not only to deer and other wildlife but also people who come here in search of their own adventures!

    Loch achilty

    Loch Achilty

    Loch Achilty is a beautiful and serene loch, perfect for relaxing in nature's beauty. The water here reflects the colours of autumn leaves as they fall from their trees upon this small body on earth; it also has an abundance of wildflowers that dot its shores during warmer months - a true temptress to stop by anytime!

    Change House

    The scenic picnic spot at Change House is one of the best places to take in all that Loch Ness and the Great Glen have to offer. Whether you're looking for an awe-inspiring view, or just need some time out from your day's adventures - this location will not disappoint!

    Rogie Falls

    The suspension bridge across the Black Water River at Rogie Falls takes you close to some impressive waterfalls. If it has been raining or snowing, then come visit when all of these natural wonders will be at their finest! Leaping salmon are usually present during August-September so take the kids and try and spot this natural wonder in action as they take on one of the most arduous tasks from the animal kingdom.


    The trails at Craigmonie lead you amongst a whole variety of trees, from colourful birchwoods to conifers. The most popular is undoubtedly the spectacular view over Urquhart Bay that can be seen when climbing up towards "The Crag" named after the Viking Prince.

    Divach Falls

    The walk at Divach Falls through atmospheric oakwoods to a viewing platform overlooking the dramatic cascade is an easy, scenic journey that provides visitors with peace and relaxation. The water tumbles 100 feet before flowing out into Urquhart Bay on Loch Ness; it's a tranquil spot perfect for picnicking or just relaxing in nature’s beauty!


    If you're looking for some of the most spectacular nature in all of Scotland, head to Farigaig. Join the red squirrels on their search for delicious nuts as you climb through broadleaf woods to lofty heights. Spot colourful wildflowers, butterflies, and even dragonflies in this beautiful natural landscape!

    Little Garve

    The Black Water River is a picturesque landmark of the natural beauty that thrives in this area. The soothing sounds it produces are complemented only by birdsong and river music, which provide an exquisite backdrop for visitors to wander through the gentle woodlands at Little Garve. The stone bridges on either side make great spots perfect for taking photos while enjoying your own company!



    If you're looking for something different to do this weekend, look no further than the coastal forest at Culbin. You'll be able to explore its vast and ever-changing track on foot or bike while enjoying nature at your own pace with family members in tow!

    Ben Wyvis

    This isolated Munro of Ben Wyvis is a must-see for those who enjoy the challenge of climbing high. Its brooding slopes and whaleback ridge are magnets to hillwalkers, while its lower reaches offer pristine forests where aspen grows alongside birch trees with tumbling burns that flow down from their source.

    Dog Falls

    The deep, dark woods are a haven for those who seek privacy and adventure. You can explore the rapids or still pools of Dog Falls; and picnic beneath pine trees covered in shade-giving lichens while looking out at lush green hills across an expansive valley full of wild animals amongst gorgeous scenery.


    If you're looking for some peace and quiet amidst the trees, then come to Balnain. The trail here offers an excellent opportunity long spell of tranquillity in nature's embrace!

    Please note...

    All outdoor activities including forest walks involve a degree of risk. The walks are recommended due to the well known features of each forest but this may change over time and further research is required before undertaking any activity. The weather can also impact the surface and general conditions of each path so please keep yourself updated with the weather forecast before setting off to enjoy your walk!


    If you're looking for an excuse to visit Inverness, then look no further – these walks will show you why this city is so special. So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and head to Inverness! To find out more about things to do in the area, click on the links below:


    Inverness Blogs


    Free Things to do in Inverness


    Cycling Routes near Inverness


    Local Delicacies and Souvenirs from Inverness

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