A new walking group has been launched in Inverness, aimed at helping more young adults explore the Highlands together on foot.
Ramblers Scotland volunteer Eve Smillie will host Inverness Young Walkers’ first walk on Saturday 26 September; a seven-mile introductory circular walk around Inverness’ waterways. This will be followed by several more walks in the months ahead.
The new group is primarily aimed towards people aged from 18 up to about 40, but all adults are welcome. It will complement Ramblers Scotland’s other groups nearby, including Inverness Ramblers and Badenoch & Strathspey Ramblers.
Black Isle-based woman Eve, who has been instrumental in launching Inverness Young Walkers, said: “Coming out of lockdown, I believe everyone has an appreciation for socialising whilst enjoying outdoor life and activities. Whether you are new to walking or have an established passion for exploring, I’d encourage experienced and non-experienced alike to join us.
“Our inaugural walk will be a journey of discovery around Inverness’ waterways. It will be welcoming, low-level and an opportunity for our group to get to know each other. You will also be able to find out a little more about the Ramblers, the volunteering and training opportunities that members can enjoy and the programme of walking and social events that we hope to host.
“There is an appetite for a group like this in the area and I look forward to seeing it shape and grow whilst exploring the wonderful part of Scotland that we are lucky to call home.”
It is Ramblers Scotland’s sixth dedicated young walkers group across the country, with successful similar groups up and running in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Forth Valley, Glasgow and Tayside. They hold walks everywhere from beaches and in towns, to remote lochs and Munros.
Sam Knight, Ramblers Scotland’s youth development officer, said: “We’d been working with Eve to launch the group much earlier this year, but then sadly Covid-19 hit. It’s really exciting to finally get it up and running.
“To keep everyone safe at this challenging time, we’ll keep numbers low on our first walks and maintain physical distancing throughout.
“Our other young walkers groups across Scotland have grown to be very popular, and we hope that this new group can play an important role in helping Highland young people enjoy healthy days outdoors on foot.”
To join the Inverness Waterways Circular walk at 10am on 26 September, register your interest by Friday 25 September here.
The walk will follow the River Ness down to the Ness Islands before heading along the Caledonian Canal towards the Sea Lock at Clachnaharry.
The group will then pass through the Merkinch Nature Reserve and be rewarded with views out across the Firth and the famous Kessock Bridge.