Some routes in Dunain Woods

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The only flat stroll for families with buggies is on a new well made path around the duck pond plus a short path to the old 19th century cemetery for patients from the old hospital. A tree sculpture, by Iain Chalmers, chain saw artist is near the duck Pond. On the pond you may see mallard ducks and moorhens.The estimated time for this walk is 15/20 minutes, any footwear


The Great Glen Way enters Dunain Woodland at its north east corner and from there you can walk to the water reservoir on its well made path, visiting the ruined chambered cairn on the way.
 Estimated walk time 30 minutes. A moderate to steep walk on a wellmade path plus short grassy path to cairn. sensible shoes recommended


The Forest of the Future loop path is entered from the Great Glen Way after about 100metres from its east entrance. It is a cleared path with benches and picnic tables supplied by Muirtown Primary school..
Estimated time for an easy walk around the loop is 20 minutes. Moderate to steep in parts, sensible shoes recommended.


The unmarked route from the Duck Pond to the Reservoir leads straight up from the pond through a steep slope of thick spruce trees (to be cleared in the future). alf way up the slope, where the forest narrows you may choose one of 3 routes

  • A) the south fork at a marker stake  half way up the plantation forest leads to a wide pylon track on the neighbouring land which zig zags up the hill to rejoin the Great Glen Way near to its west entrance to Dunain Woods. 
    Estimated time 45mins sensible footwear recommended
  • B) the north fork half way up the plantation forest leads to an open grassy viewpoint (the old 8th tee of the hospital golf course) overlooking Inverness, continue northwards over rolling grassland, keeping near the trees and re-enter the woods from the track above the fire pond where the ground is wet, to climb a moderately steep hill to McGruers pond and the Reservoir.
    Estimated time 40minutes  Waterproof footwear is recommended.
  • Alternatively at the 8th tee viewpoint continue north across the open grassland to join the Great Glen Way at the 'larches bend'  and follow it back downhill to its entrance to Dunain Woods then south on the road past Westercraigs houses to the Duck Pond. There are various old unused roads that will all take you back to the roundabout at the rear of the hospital
    Estimated time 40minutes sensible or waterproof footwear recommended.


Walkers entering Dunain Woods on the Glen Way from the south will see a panoramic view of Inverness from beside the Reservoir. A short grassy track will take in the ruined chambered cairn on the way downhill. From the top of the Great Glen Way to the exit from Dunain Woods will take about 20/30mins.

There are other routes to explore which are used by dog walkers, runners and mountain bikers. One of these is the old drover’s road on the west side of the reservoir. This ancient track once led down to Clachnaharry where the cattle would rest before crossing to Inverness to market. You can still walk to Craig Phadraig on this route and continue down to the canal at Muirtown.


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