Saturday 25th May 2024

Inverness Castle to the Canal (1.6 miles).

Anne and I needed to do the tiny section of the Great Glen Way that starts at Inverness Castle to take us to near the Botanic Gardens where we came back to on the 26th of December. We have done this walk many times in different ways but today we did it ‘officially’ as part of the Great Glen Way. We walked a lot further covering 5.4 miles around Inverness.

We caught the number 25 bus from Alness and first went to Specsavers as Anne need her glasses adjusted as they were causing a lot of discomfort. We the walked to below the castle where there is a stone marking the start/end of the Great Glen Way.

The way is not well marked at this point. We walked down this path and had an interesting negotiation at the bottom.

That is the cathedral across the River Ness.

This is Ness Bank Church at the bottom of the hill.

The statues, Faith, Hope and Charity were once above the YMCA building in Inverness. They are now by the banks of the River Ness.

Ballifeary Nursing Home. My mum spent her last year here. What an exceptional home.

Then you cross onto the ‘Islands’.

The walk up through the ‘Islands’ is beautiful.

But true to the walks Anne and I do the path was blocked off and we had to make a wee detour.

Tomnahurich hill.

This is where we had to get to. So that is the start section of the Great Glen Way completed, and not before time.

I too a wee look at the canal. It goes through the Great Glen joining Loch Dochfour, Loch Ness, Loch Oich, and Loch Lochy. The Caledonian Canal connects the Scottish east coast at Inverness with the west coast at Corpach near Fort William. It was constructed in the early nineteenth century by Scottish engineer Thomas Telford.

So another small section of the Great Glen Way completed.

Anne and I returned to the centre by Glenurquhart Road. We had lunch at Ashers on Union Street and then went shopping. We returned by the 25X bus catching at 1.25 at Farraline Park..

So now we have done

1. Inverness Castle to Bught Parktoday
2. Bught Park to Craig DunainTuesday 26th December 2023
3. Craig Dunain to BlackfoldFriday 19th April 2024
4. Blackfold to AbriachanFriday 12th April 2024