River Ness
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This wide peaceful river flowing through the city of Inverness is great for fishing salmon.
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  • Sharon W
    Nottingham, United Kingdom2,653 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Majestic river running through this beautiful city
    Really lovely river running through the heart of the city. I preferred the area around the river, lots of restaurants and bars. Pretty too as well as very majestic. We did the walk along and across the bridges and really enjoyed it.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 10, 2024
  • Braindamagedbaron
    Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom982 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    River Ness splendour
    Visited Inverness and fell in love with the city in a big way. The river wends it's way through the centre and beyond. Very relaxing, extremely beautiful and a lovely way to take your mind off the rigours of life. Find a quiet spot, watch the birds making their living off the water and feel life's stresses ebbing away. The riverside walks are simply lovely and you wont want to stop your wander.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written March 30, 2024
  • Ann H
    York, United Kingdom2,437 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    Inverness is a lovely city and one of its highlights has to be this picturesque river with its bridges crossing. We parked on the opposite side and wandered across the bridge and there are magnificent views both ways to be seen. There are walks alongside the river with plenty of seating to while away the day..
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 30, 2024
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Michael H
Mauritius428 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
The river ness means “mouth of the Ness”. It separates Inverness into two with a beautiful bridge in between.
The river view is simply breathtaking and relaxing! Will recommend for a selfie or with your loved one – especially on the other side of the town – where mostly residential houses are situated. On the lively part, you will get lots of commercial building and food corner.
Written May 25, 2020
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Becca
Middlesbrough, UK77 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Couples
River Ness and Ness Islands are beautiful day and night.

Whilst walking around the islands we found a little sculpture of a leaf man, which was really cute.

Then walking back over there was the town and castle in the background.

On the night time the river is lit up and castle is just stunning.

Very peaceful walk and I will definitely return.
Written December 1, 2021
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Scotland, UK34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
We absolutely loved our walks along the river ness whilst on holiday in Inverness. The air is so fresh here I honestly could not believe it and the scenery is so beautiful especially in the autumn time. Would highly recommend a walk here especially if you are a couple as it's very romantic.
Written November 3, 2020
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Steve G
Letchworth Garden City, UK43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
A lovely, picturesque walk along the river bank crossing bridges to the 'islands' to get to the Botanic Gardens and back along the other side of the river to visit the cathedral.
The botanic gardens, though fairly compact had an amazing collection of plants from all parts of the world.There is also a very pleasant cafe with both indoor and outdoor seating.
Written June 21, 2022
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TwinComanche
NYC126 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
The perfect experience. The castle is closed for renovations and there's an admissions charge to the cathedral, so it being a rare warm sunny day, we decided to walk up to the islands. An excellent choice, with quiet private benches on which to sit and just listen to the river and birds. Perfect for a picnic if you're so inclined (and with many nearby groceries from which to stock up). Tall evergreens and beech trees provide shade for much of the walk and there's no question that you will leave most of the tourist traffic behind.
Written July 29, 2022
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Hilary S
Padbury, UK113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
An extremely pleasant riverside walk, lovely views of the Castle. The water is crystal clear. Several bridges along the walk. Stopped off for an ice-cream at street vendor selling delicious Carte d'or Ice Cream (very reasonably priced). Very relaxing and enjoyable walk.
Written September 8, 2021
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Barton Seagrave, UK505 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
I knew Inverness was a beautiful city, but the River Ness and it's amazing walks just blew me away. I have had the pleasure of visiting many a city around the world that have rivers at their heart. But nothing prepared me for what Inverness had to offer let alone the amazing River Ness. Whether it be day or night, rain or shine, a walk along its Bonnie banks is a breath of fresh air like no other...and take a picnic and hang out on the Ness Islands :)
Written October 18, 2021
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scheherezadeVA
Rockville, VA63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
Visited Inverness for 2 nights in May 2023. The river runs through the city and is easily reached from anywhere in town. Well marked trails on both sides of the River with pedestrian bridges to both sides and the little islands in the middle of the river. Stop along the way to see St Andrews Cathedral, the Inverness Botanical garden, the statue of the 3 Graces and the distillery/brewery. Grab an ice cream or snack from one of the food trucks. Revel in the natural beauty of the trail/ riverwalk
Written June 7, 2023
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Craig D
Glasgow, UK1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Really nice hotel, surroundings and rooms and I have stayed previously. Arrived on Sunday afternoon 10th March to find out they had no running water. Really disappointed as I had been travelling for several hours only to be told that it would be the next day before it would be looked. Then I was surprised to hear that there was no refund or partial refund for this inconvenience. A few drinks would have gone a long way. Nice hotel all the same.
Written March 12, 2024
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Lori B
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
This is a beautiful setting and has paved pathways on both sides. There is a pretty suspension bridge for pedestrians that moves when you walk on it. There are numerous restaurants, pubs and hotels alongside the river and easy access to the city center.
Written July 14, 2022
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