Tuesday 7th June 2022

Another walk round Inverness (8.3 miles).

Anne and I caught the 9.26 number 25 bus to Inverness. It was running a bit late so it was maybe the 9.36 bus. We had something to eat at Ashers at the bus station in Faraline Park. Then we headed to Muirtown and Scorguie via Merkinch. We came to the canal at Muirtown and followed it South-West for a 1/4 of a mile or so before heading up to King Brude Road which as you join it becomes General Booth Road! We soon went left onto Scorguie Road and then a bit further on went left again onto Overton Road which we followed to the end. Here a wee lane takes you to the start of the walk up Craig Phadrig. 

It was lovely and sunny but the wind was cool. I really only took photos of this part of the walk as the other parts we have done several times before. This is a glimpse through the trees to the Beauly firth.

There are still bluebells around. It has been a great year for them.

We followed several different paths and after a steep climb got to the top. Looking to the end of the Beauly Firth.

Looking towards Ben Wyvis.

On the top is the remains of the rampart of an ancient fort. We walked right round the perimeter.

Then we dropped down towards Leachkin (pronounced Larkin) near where brother Billy and Donella lived when they got married.

This is the view over Inverness at Leachkin Brae.

We went right onto Leachkin Road and then took a left turn down a path towards Kinmylies. Before the bottom you come to a path going right. That leads you onto the ‘Great Glen Way’. 

We followed the Great Glen Way down to the canal at Torvean.

We had our lunch picnic by the canal. We then walked into the town via the Islands. We stopped at the Botanic gardens to use the loo.

We went into the town and did a bit of shopping. Mairi had been at a work event for Blythswood at a hotel by the river. She joined Anne and I sitting on a seat by the river. I went off for an ice-cream and tracked one down at the COOP on Church Street. I bought a box of four and gave the extra one to a beggar outside the shop with a little cash. He gave me a lovely smile and thank you. We sat for a while and then went to the Rose Street Car Park via Douglas Row which Mairi wanted to show us. It is a lovely row of houses by the river. Mairi then drove us back to Alness where we picked up my car.

Inverness is quite a city once you get to know it. It is lovely.