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Active & Sustainable Travel Directions to our Inverness Office


We are committed to increasing physical activity through everyday walking and cycling. We support and promote active travel not just for its value as healthy modes of travel, but also for the environmental benefit from reduced emissions and congestion associated with less car journeys; and for the benefits of community cohesion and support for local economies that comes from more people walking and cycling for short journeys.

Great Glen House, Leachkin Road, Inverness IV3 8NW


Great Glen House is clearly sign-posted from Leachkin Road and is the Inverness Headquarters of Scottish Natural Heritage. It enjoys an elevated position on the outskirts of Inverness, west of the Caledonian Canal and just under 3 miles south-west of the city centre. We encourage all visitors to enjoy the grounds at Great Glen House and fit a walk into their day.

Visitor showering facilities are available. Please ask the member of staff you are visiting for access. Towels and toiletries are not provided.

Click here for Great Glen House location map.

Please note that there is a swing bridge over the Caledonian Canal on Tomnahurich Road. You will not be able to pass when the bridge is open.

On foot from Inverness town centre


Distance – approximately 2.7 miles (4.3 km).
Time – approximately 1hour at moderate pace.
Total ascent – 302 feet (92 metres).
Surface – sealed tarmac pavements.
Lighting – on entire on-road route; partly on off-road route.
Off-road path option – yes, on the Great Glen Way between River Ness and Great Glen House (see link below).
Features of interest –River Ness; Ness Islands; Caledonian Canal.

From the main entrance of the train station turn left into Academy Street, then right into Queensgate and continue into Fraser Street. At the end of Fraser Street turn right into Bank Street. Cross the river at the Greig Street Bridge, continuing into Greig Street. Cross over Kenneth Street and continue to the end of Fairfield Road. Cross the canal, turn left into Canal Road,after 100m veer off to the right at the Whinpark spur with Canal Rd (still on Canal Rd) and continue to the end. Turn left into General Booth Road. Take the first right into Leachkin Road. After approximately 1.5 km you will pass New Craigs Hospital, Great Glen House is then first left.

Route maps/directions
Google maps
Streetmap
Great Glen Way, Stage 6
Journeys. A Greener Way from A to B– free app (compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch).


By bicycle


From City Centre (rail station) on a direct road route
Distance – approximately 2.82 miles (4.5 km).
Total ascent – 314 feet (96 m).
Surface – sealed roads.
Lighting – on entire on-road route; partly on off-road route.
Off-road path option – yes, on the Great Glen Way between River Ness and Great Glen House (see link below).
Features of interest – River Ness; Ness Islands; Caledonian Canal.

From the main entrance of the train station turn right into Academy St, joining onto Chapel Street. At the roundabout turn left onto the A82. At the next roundabout turn right (4th exit) into Telford Street. Once over the canal take the second left into King Brude Road, then third right into Leachkin Road. After approximately 1.5 km you will pass New Craigs Hospital, Great Glen House is then first left.

Covered, secure bicycle parking is available. Please ask the member of staff you are visiting for access.

Route maps/directions
CycleStreets
National Cycle Network
Google Maps
Journeys. A Greener Way from A to B– free app (compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch).


By public transport


For a personalised journey plan by public transport go to Traveline Scotland, helpline 0871 200 2233, open 24 hours a day.

Train


The railway station is in Inverness town centre. For information on train fares and up-to-the-minute details of service changes go to Scotrail or National Rail Enquiry Service, 0845 748 4950, minicom 0845 605 0600).

Bus


The bus journey to Great Glen House takes approximately 20 minutes from Inverness city centre and buses leave every 20 minutes. Bus numbers 8A and 8C leave from Academy Street which is less than a 5 minute walk from the train and bus stations.

From the bus station, walk down Margaret Street, turn right and walk down Academy Street. From the train station, leave via the front exit to Academy Street, turn right and walk down Academy Street. The bus stop is outside Farmfoods on the opposite side of Academy Street.

The nearest stop for Great Glen House is on Leachkin Road at the entrance to Great Glen House.

View the current bus timetables here.

Taxis


A taxi from the town centre will take approximately 10 minutes to reach Great Glen House (longer if the swing bridge is open). There are several taxi ranks in the town centre at the bus station and train station. Alternatively, phone Inverness Highland Taxis on 01463 222222.


By car

Car Sharing


If travel by car is unavoidable and you travel regularly to our premises, please consider car sharing to save money and reduce the environmental impact of your travel to our office.Alternatively, for those attending one-off meetings, we will put you in touch with others travelling to Great Glen House at the same time, on request.

Park & Stride


Take the opportunity to park in the vicinity of the Leachkin Road/Leachkin Brae junction then walk the rest of the way to Great Glen House. This will give you a refreshing 15 minute walk on sealed pavements all the way.

From the North [A9] - avoiding city centre


β€’    From north, cross Kessock Bridge and then…
β€’    At Longman Roundabout (the first roundabout after the Kessock Bridge) take the 3rd exit onto Longman Road - B9168
β€’    Follow signs for A82 – You will see Tiso, Wickes and B & Q on your right
β€’    At Harbour Road Roundabout carry straight on (2nd exit) on Longman Road - A82 (signposted Fort William, Town Centre)
β€’    At Rose Street Roundabout carry straight on (2nd exit) on Longman Road - A82 (signposted Dingwall, Ullapool)
β€’    At Shore Street Roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A82 (signposted Beauly, Dingwall, Fort William)
β€’    Cross Friars Bridge
β€’    At Telford Street Roundabout take the 4th exit onto Telford Street - A862 (signposted Beauly, Dingwall) - you will see Lidl and Currys on your left
β€’    At the next roundabout go straight on (2nd exit) onto Clachnaharry Road - A862 (signposted Beauly, Dingwall)
β€’    Turn left onto King Brude Road (signposted Fort William A82, Kinmylies, Leachkin) – up steep hill
β€’    At traffic signals turn right onto Leachkin Road (signposted Leachkin) up steep hill, go straight on at roundabout
β€’    Continue past New Craigs Hospital (on left) and turn left into Great Glen House

From the East (A96) - avoiding city centre


β€’    From A96, onto Raigmore roundabout and then…
β€’    At Raigmore roundabout take the 3rd exit, then merge onto the A9 (signposted Fort William, Ullapool, Wick) entering Inverness
β€’    At Longman Roundabout (just before the Kessock Bridge) take the 1st exit, turning left onto Longman Road - B9168 – slip road
β€’    Follow signs for A82 – You will see Tiso, Wickes and B & Q on your right
β€’    At Harbour Road Roundabout carry straight on (2nd exit) on Longman Road - A82 (signposted Fort William, Town Centre)
β€’    At Rose Street Roundabout carry straight on (2nd exit) on Longman Road - A82 (signposted Dingwall, Ullapool)
β€’    At Shore Street Roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A82 (signposted Beauly, Dingwall, Fort William)
β€’    Cross Friars Bridge
β€’    At Telford Street Roundabout take the 4th exit onto Telford Street - A862 (signposted Beauly, Dingwall) - you will see Lidl and Currys on your left
β€’    At the next roundabout go straight on (2nd exit) onto Clachnaharry Road - A862 (signposted Beauly, Dingwall)
β€’    Turn left onto King Brude Road (signposted Fort William A82, Kinmylies, Leachkin) – up steep hill
β€’    At traffic signals turn right onto Leachkin Road (signposted Leachkin) up steep hill, go straight on at roundabout
β€’    Continue past New Craigs Hospital (on left), turn left into Great Glen House

From the South (A9) - avoiding city centre


β€’    From A9 northbound, go past main roundabouts signposted for Inverness, continue to roundabout just before Kessock Bridge (Do not go over bridge!) and turn left onto slip road
β€’    Follow signs for A82 – You will see Tiso, Wickes and B & Q on your right
β€’    At Harbour Road Roundabout carry straight on (2nd exit) on Longman Road - A82 (signposted Fort William, Town Centre)
β€’    At Rose Street Roundabout carry straight on (2nd exit) on Longman Road - A82 (signposted Dingwall, Ullapool)
β€’    At Shore Street Roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A82 (signposted Beauly, Dingwall, Fort William)
β€’    Cross Friars Bridge
β€’    At Telford Street Roundabout take the 4th exit onto Telford Street - A862 (signposted Beauly, Dingwall) - you will see Lidl and Currys on your left
β€’    At the next roundabout go straight on (2nd exit) onto Clachnaharry Road - A862 (signposted Beauly, Dingwall)
β€’    Turn left onto King Brude Road (signposted Fort William A82, Kinmylies, Leachkin) – up steep hill
β€’    At traffic signals turn right onto Leachkin Road (signposted Leachkin) up steep hill, go straight on at roundabout
β€’    Continue past New Craigs Hospital (on left), turn left into Great Glen House

From the South (A82)


β€’    From A82 northbound, then…
β€’    Turn left onto unclassified road signposted Kilvean Cemetery and Crematorium
β€’    Take left hand fork and go up hill past hospital buildings and new housing estate (Balmacaan)
β€’    Go straight over roundabout to Leachkin Road
β€’    Continue along Leachkin Road for a short distance and turn right into Great Glen House

Please drive as efficiently as possible. There is ample parking which is first left after entering and also disabled parking to the right just in front of the Great Glen House. For a personalised journey plan by road go to the AA.

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