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Merkinch Local Nature Reserve
Merkinch Local Nature Reserve

Merkinch Local Nature Reserve

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4 Grant Street, Inverness, Scotland, IV3 8BL

The basics

Within Inverness’ city boundaries, Merkinch Local Nature Reserve is a peaceful retreat from the city. A 2-mile (3.2-kilometer) path at the reserve leads along the sea wall to the Caledonian Canal, circling back along a wooden walkway over tidal pools. Bring binoculars and a camera to record sightings of a variety of feathered species, including ducks, herons, bullfinches, and ospreys. Or, simply stroll and enjoy the scenic views of Beauly Firth, the cable-stayed Kessock Bridge, and the green hills of Strathconon Glen.

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Inverness Bike Tour a 2 hours guided bike tour around the Waterways of Inverness
Inverness Bike Tour a 2 hours guided bike tour around the Waterways of Inverness
$35.66 per adult
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Excellent experience!
Allison was an amazing tour guide through the city! One of our favorite experiences on a two week holiday in Scotland. Highly recommend!
Stacy_B, Jun 2022

Things to know before you go

  • Merkinch Local Nature Reserve is a must for birders, with brightly plumaged and elusive species—including kingfishers—sometimes spotted here.
  • Find wheelchair-accessible trails and free parking at the reserve.
  • There are no restroom facilities at the reserve.
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How to get there

The reserve stretches from Kessock Road in the north to the Caledonian Canal to the south. The Stagecoach Highlands bus route 6 runs between Union Street in Inverness city center and South Kessock, which is just a short stroll from the reserve. Alternatively, it’s about a 30-minute stroll from the center of town.

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When to get there

Visit during the summer months when Inverness’ weather is warmest and the days are long. For the best chance of spotting roe deer, go around dawn or dusk.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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