Lives in Inverness, United Kingdom
Since Dec 2009
50-64 year old female
The thing I love most about travel is the people I meet, and there is no better way to do this than to travel by bike. I love the outdoors and currently live near Inverness, a great base for exploring the wonderful Scottish HIghlands.
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Walk or cycle from Inverness to Dochgarroch along the Caledonian Canal, a pleasant nine-mile round trip. Take a picnic to enjoy by the locks as you watch the boats coming and going, or have lunch in the restaurant there before you start the return journey.
A stroll across the small Ness Islands (just half a mile from the city centre), is a great way to get a sense of the outdoors if time is short. From Bridge street, simply follow the signs for the Great Glen Way, which will take you along the river and across the islands, which are linked by a series of footbridges. Return on the opposite bank for spectacular views of Inverness.
This narrow peninsula is the best place to spot bottle nose dolphins — and if you are lucky enough to see them, they will be within just a few metres! Take a picnic and simply stand on the shore, or opt for a boat trip and head out on the water.
Rosemarkie beach is a wonderful, small beach on the Black Isle. Combine a trip here with dolphin spotting at Chanonry Point (less than 2 miles away) for a memorable day out.
You will need a car to get here, but the trip is well worth a chance to visit this wonderful Glen, home to some of the best scenery Scotland has to offer. Take a walk or cycle around the Loch on the easy-to-follow path. Be aware however, that even though you are on a well worn path, you will be in quite a remote area, so go prepared with plenty of water, food, and clothing suitable for all weather.
Scotland being the birthplace of golf, a game here is a great way to combine exercise, beautiful scenery, and meeting some locals.
You can't visit Inverness without seeing its famous Loch, so why not do it properly? Hire a bike and ride around the entire 66-mile circumference! (Don't worry, there are plenty of great places to stop and eat along the way.)
Scotland has several long distance footpaths, and one of them — the Great Glen Way — handily starts in Inverness. This means it's easy to start your walk directly from the city centre, and continue for as long as you feel like it, or get a bus to a certain point and walk back. Good maps are available and the trail is well marked.