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Wild About Inverness

Pick up a free map/guide from our shop on Market Brae Steps, or download our free trail guide (see link below).

Journey through the historic heart of Inverness and discover wild, mythical and domestic creatures hiding in plain sight on buildings and monuments. The Wild About Inverness City Centre Outdoor Trail covers less than a kilometre, but allow yourself at least 45-60 minutes to enjoy the experience. It begins on the Millennium Circle at the foot of Market Brae Steps and finishes on Castle Hill with spectacular views over the River Ness. The trail is free and accessible 24/7. It is suitable for those on foot, pushchairs, wheelchairs and mobility scooters. Please be aware that the incline from the Town House to Castle Hill is relatively steep but there is a new, pedestrian-only path leading from Castle Wynd to Inverness Castle. 

* November 2022 - Due to work being carried out at Inverness Castle, this final part of the trail is not currently accessible to members of the public. Castle Hill has been surrounded by a wooden fence preventing access to Flora Macdonald's statue. Unfortunately, it appears this barrier will be in place for a considerable time.

 *December 2023 - It looks like the wooden eagle owl statue which sat above the doorway of a quaint old building on Inglis Street, formerly a souvenir shop, has been permanently removed. We are particularly sad as the owl features in our trail and was a lovely addition to all the other statues and carvings around the city centre. The trail will eventually be amended but in the meantime, as you walk round it, do glance up at the spot where the owl used to perch. 


Wild About Inverness City Centre Outdoor Trail Sticker Activity Book is still available at £6.99. The activities and stickers are based on the trail, with a four-page colour pull-out containing map and key to locations. The absence of the owl on the real-life trail does not impact the activities as the book was designed to work without physically completing the trail.

If you have any queries, please email

Download our free guide (approx. size 8.4MB) by clicking on link below:

Wild About Inverness Map and Guide