Walk: Fine firth views from Craig Phadrig

[View over the Beauly Firth]

The wooded slopes of Craig Phadrig rise steeply above the western suburbs of Inverness. You'd expect a summit so close to the city centre to have decent views over the town, but in fact this side of the panorama is obscured by trees. Instead, there's a glorious vista to the northwest over the Beauly Firth with the dark mass of Ben Wyvis on the horizon. The top of Craig Phadrig also includes an Iron Age Hill fort, later becoming the seat of a Pictish king. You can just about make out the vitrified walls surrounding a grassy void which used to be the middle of the fort, though this is less captivating than the views. Reaching the top involves a steep but very short walk from a car park on the south side of the hill. There are several path options - the details below describe the most direct route.

[Short but steep - the ascent to Craig Phadrig]

📌 Walk: Fine firth views from Craig Phadrig ★★★☆☆
Length: 1 km / <1 mile
Ascent: 60 metres
Main summits: Craig Phadrig (172 metres)
Start / finish: Car park off Leachkin Brae, 2 miles west of Inverness city centre, G.R.: NH 639449 ///lights.knee.images

Route: Car park - Craig Phadrig summit & fort - return by outward route or similar. Area map here (no. 1).
Terrain: Good paths or tracks, steep if the direct route is taken, with steps in places.
Wildlife today: Woodland birds, lots of dogs.
Weather today: Dry, Decent sunny intervals.

[Summit of the fort]

Route credit: Scotland off the beaten track

[Foxglove]

[Woodland paths on the north side of the hill]

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