Exploring Inverness

With our new store opening in Inverness just around the corner, we caught up with Inverness store manager Craig Mills to find out more about the local area. From Nessie spotting at Loch Ness to skiing, walking and mountain biking, read for some top tips on how to spend your time in and around this beautiful city…


Catch Craig at our Inverness store opening on the 11th November 2016.

What's the best summer and winter activity in Inverness?

Camping around the Glenmore forest area is a great thing to do in the summer. Either that, or mountain biking in the Cairngorms. In the winter, if you’re a skier or a snowboarder, skiing in Aviemore is a must. I’m not a skier though, so I like to spend the winter months climbing in Coire an t-Sneachda. There are lots of grades of climbing there for everyone. My personal favourite is Pygmy Ridge.

Finger Ridge, Coire an t-Sneachda

©Coire an t-Sneachda - Masa Sakano

What's the best activity on land and water in Inverness?

If you want to stick to the land, exploring the area on a bike is great fun. There are lots of cycle networks in the area, as well as a brilliant single track if you fancy it. The best activity on water has to be going hunting for Nessie on Loch Ness, or heading to Loch Morlich for some wild swimming.

What's the best local walk?

Ben Wyvis is one of the best local walks, and the nearest Munro. It’s a relatively easy ascent to the top, and on a clear day the views are breathtaking.

©Ben Wyvis - Nick Bramhall

What's your favourite local climbs?

My favourite climb is the Cave Route at Huntly’s Cave. It’s well sheltered so is good in most weather conditions.

Give us your top Inverness fact

This one’s more about Loch Ness but still close by: The Loch holds more fresh water than all the lochs and lakes in England and Wales combined!

©Loch Ness - Jaakko Hakulinen

What's the best place to take in some culture in the city?

The Eden Court Theatre is a fantastic venue which features a huge variety of performance for all tastes. You can catch current films and old classics, as well as talks, shows and workshops.

If you're in the city for just one day what's the one thing you should definitely do?

Loch Ness is a definite must-see. A walk along the river front is also great, it makes you forget you’re in a city.

©Loch Ness - E.D'Sacoli Photographies


Posted By Craig Mills

Inverness Store Manager


Craig Mills has been working for Cotswold Outdoor for 10 years. When he’s not working hard on the shop floor, you can find him climbing in the Cairngorms, mountain biking, or spending time with his family.

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