The Merkinch Local Nature Reserve is one of the undiscovered treasures that Inverness has to offer.
At the terminus of Kessock Road, there is a turning circle that also serves as a parking area.
From this point, there is an excellent walk that is suited for people of all abilities and it leads to the towpath of the Caledonian Canal. Along this path, you'll have the opportunity to explore the nature reserve's network of smaller trails and boardwalks.
Depending on how far you go exploring, the circular trek might be anywhere from 1.25 to 2 miles long. You can either make this a stop along the way of a longer hike or bicycle ride, or you can make it a brief excursion if you're pressed for time.
The natural reserve provides a safe haven for various species of flora and fauna since it features tidal pools, marshes, reed beds, and scrubland. In addition, there is a good possibility that you will come across roe deer, owls, weasels, herons, cormorants, and a variety of wading birds. In addition, there are numerous benches dispersed throughout the location, which can be utilised after a long and active day. Therefore, make sure to give yourself some downtime to relax and watch the birds!
Keep an eye out for the marker that is located between Muirtown basin and Clachnaharry on the right-hand side of the Caledonian Canal towpath if you are planning on making a detour to the nature reserve as part of a walk or a bike ride along the towpath.
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