Inverness, Scotland

River Ness & Ness Islands Loop

Creative Commons: Dave Conner

This is a lovely run along paths on both sides of the River Ness, including a loop around the Ness Islands. It’s right in the center of Inverness and is a great anchor for exploring the city, while also providing access to other good running spots. There are waterfront paths & sidewalks on both sides of the river between Waterloo Bridge and the Ness Islands, making for a nice 4 mile loop with water views the whole way.

Flickr: Dave Conner

We start at the centrally located Ness Bridge, on the east side of the river. Head north toward the bay (Beauly/Moray Firth), crossing the Waterloo Bridge and running back on the west side, for a 1.2 mile loop. Then, continue south on the Ness Walk on the west side of the river for 1 mile, passing the Inverness Cathedral, and Bught Park Pitches (park), crossing onto the Ness Islands. Run to the end of the island, then return north for 1/2 mile, crossing to the east side of the River Ness and returning to the start.

Add-Ons: From west side of the river at the Ness Islands, can continue onto paths at Whin Park/Canal Park, and then more waterfront running along the Caledonian Canal (see our route there).

Essentials
  • 4 mile (6.5 km) loop
  • Flat
  • Ness Bridge, or other spot along the river
  • Numerous bridges/access points

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Essentials
  • 4 mile (6.5 km) loop
  • Flat
  • Ness Bridge, or other spot along the river
  • Numerous bridges/access points