Inverness to The Nessy Loop

Inverness – ‘The Nessy loop’

 

 

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A 3 mile cycle route along the banks of The River Ness to Ness Island and return. The route is completely flat and along a mixture of quiet tarmac roads and cycle paths. You can hire a cycle in Inverness from Monster Bikes, Canal Road, Inverness or from Highland Bikes, Telford Street, Inverness. Inverness is said to be the capital of ‘The Highlands’ and is a bustling city with plenty of shops, cafes, restaurants and tourists attractions. Along the route you pass many hotels and restaurants etc where you can get refreshments. This is a leisurely ride and you are able to cycle along either paths or roads along the route. Take your time and enjoy this beautiful river and the surrounding area.

Starting from Inverness Cathedral which situated on the river bank opposite Inverness Castle near the end of Ness Walk. Inverness Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral Church of Saint Andrew. It is the seat of the Bishop of Moray, Ross and Caithness and was built about 1869

As you look across the river from the cathedral you cycle to your right along Bishops Road away from the castle. After a short distance you pass Eden Court Theatre on your right. A top venue in the Highlands for performing arts and stars.

Continue to cycle along the path on the river bank and enjoy the scenery as you cycle
along. Sometimes you will see anglers wading in The River Ness fly fishing for Scottish salmon. About 500 yards past the theatre you come to a park area on your right hand side, continue to the end of the park area and you come to a small bridge which takes you across to Ness Island.

TURN LEFT over the bridge and follow the pathway around the small island and at the other end of the island you cross another small bridge which takes you over to the other side of the river bank. Ness Island is a natural beauty spot and a popular for walking/cycling with tourists and locals alike, as the islands are home to a number of imported species of trees and home to wildlife such as bats and otters and occasionally deer.

As you cross the bridge to the other bank bear left along the pathway in the direction of Inverness city centre. At this point the path you are cycling along runs alongside Island Bank Road and after a few hundred yards runs onto Ness Bank and takes you past a number of hotels along the riverbank. After about half a mile from the island the road runs on to castle Road and you cycle past Inverness Castle up on the hill to your right. Inverness Castle sits on the overlooking the River Ness. The red sand stone structure evident today was built in 1836. It is built on the site of an 11th century defensive structure. Today, it houses Inverness Sheriff Court. There has been a castle at this site for many centuries. The castle itself is not open to the public but the grounds are.

As you pass the castle you come to a set of traffic lights at the junction by the bridge.

Inverness Castle

Continue STRAIGHT OVR the lights along Bank St which takes you past some pubs and restaurants and after 300 yards you TURN LEFT over the pedestrian bridge to the other side of the river. On the other side of the river TURN LEFT along Huntly Street, which takes you along the river bank and after a few hundred yards you come to a set of traffic lights. At the traffic lights GO STRAIGHT AHEAD along Ness Walk and after 250 yards you come to Inverness Cathedral. The start/finish of your cycle ride.

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