Local Walks In Inveraray
There’s a lot to explore and discover around the traditional Argyll town of Inveraray. To make it easier for you, we’ve listed some of our favourite Inveraray walks that cater for all types of explorers.
Whether you are a regular dog walker, an adventure seeker or someone who enjoys an easy afternoon stroll, we can guarantee that one of these walks around Inveraray will make you reach for your walking boots.
Inveraray is home to forest trails and lochside walks that boast impressive views and exciting paths to discover. If you choose to explore Inveraray in Argyll, these walking trails will allow you to discover the town’s local history and enjoy a breath of fresh air.
Dun Na Cuaiche Woodland Inveraray Walk
The shorter of the two recommended walks is the Dun Na Cuaiche Woodland Walk; and although the distance is less, the terrain remains adventurous. Our Loch Fyne General Manager, Joanna and her four-legged friend Elsie love taking a stroll up Dun Na Cuaiche after work.
Dominating the skyline above Loch Fyne, Dun Na Cuaiche is an 18th century watchtower that enjoys some of the most spectacular views over Loch Fyne and beyond. The route begins in the grounds of Inveraray Castle, with blue arrows dotted along the path leading you to the beginning of the trail. You will begin the ascent to the monument through a woodland path which, in the springtime, is bordered by a stunning array of bluebells. Before reaching the hill’s peak, you can appreciate the surrounding Scottish landscape, including a collection of native conifer trees and a view of the River Aray.
It’s said that the Duke of Argyll used to request to eat his dinner from the monument on top of the Dun Na Cuaiche to enjoy the stunning views across the county. So, although there are many stopping points on the way up, we’d recommend saving your picnic or snacks until you reach the summit. Experience an outlook down towards Inveraray Castle nestled in the shores of the loch and across to the Arrochar Alps beyond Glen Shira.
Inveraray Forest Circuit Walk
If you are looking for a fun family adventure or a long dog walk in Inveraray, the Inveraray Forest Circuit is perfect for you.
This walking route allows you to discover the entire town of Inveraray around a single 10 kilometre circuit. Explore the exciting visitor attractions in the town centre, wander around the ancestral estate and gardens of Inveraray Castle, and finish by discovering the trails through the thick forests that lie above the town.
Begin your walk by the shore on Front Street, looking across the north of the loch to the Dun Na Cuaiche and wander left, along to Inveraray Castle. Explore acres of beautiful gardens and formal lawns that have been designed to flourish around the castle, regardless of the time of year.
Once you have crossed the Garden Bridge, you will begin to walk through the forest trail, where you can discover waterfalls and streams flowing downstream towards the River Aray and to the loch. This tranquil stretch of the circuit makes for a perfect picnic pitstop.
The trail has a slight incline that leads to the woodlands above and behind the town of Inveraray which boasts views of Loch Fyne and hills like the Dun Corr Bhile. Take in the fresh air and appreciate the scenery that surrounds you before descending through the valley of woodland towards the road parallel to the loch. This will lead you to the final stretch of the circuit and back to the centre of Inveraray. Enjoy a stroll through the traditional Scottish houses, before reaching the centre of the town, where you can explore the town’s cafes and speciality shops, and even discover the historic Inveraray Jail and Courthouse.
Walking Trips & Holidays In Inveraray
If you’re looking to explore the town of Inveraray in Argyll, these two walking trails are perfect for discovering the town and its surrounding landscape. However if you choose to stay a little longer, there are many more trails near Inveraray and around Argyll, or you could explore Inveraray Castle for the day.
Whether you would like to discover Inveraray or explore further afield, our Inveraray hotel, Loch Fyne Hotel & Spa makes a great base for a walking holiday with your family and even your four-legged friend.