There are several miles of pleasant gravel paths for running alongside the Caledonian Canal. The Canal runs through Inverness, parallel to the River Ness and connecting connecting Loch Ness, Loch Oich, and Loch Lochy. We’ve created two separate routes, which can be combined, starting from the pedestrian bridge at the Canal Lock.
North to Moray Firth (inlet): 3.3 mile loop. This is the more spectacular option, as the route heads north along the canal to where the mouth opens up into Moray Firth. Great water views. Run along the east side of the canal for 0.7 miles. Then turn RIGHT onto the the 0.5 mile spur path in the Merkinch Local Nature Reserve, to a point with great views. Retrace your steps, and then turn RIGHT again on the canal path to the end, at Caledonian Canal Sea Lock — another point with great views. Then return 1 mile to the start, using the west side canal path. NOTE: At the lock, there’s the very tempting Clachnaharry Rd., which continues west along the Moray Firth, featuring great views…but it’s a busy road with no shoulder/sidewalk.
South to Dochgarroch Locks: Up to 4.7 miles one-way. This path is a straight shot along the canal headed south for up to 4.7 miles. Start at on the east side, run for 1 mile to a bridge at Glenurquhart Rd., and cross to the west side. Continue south, enjoying the nice canal views, for another 3.5 miles to the Dochgarroch Locks.
- Add-Ons: River Ness paths. At Glenurquhart Rd., nice additional running options in several parks on either side of the river: Canal Park, Bught Park Pitches, & Torvean Park.