Inverness sits in the westernmost part of the Moray coastal plain, an area of rich farmland characterised by the low, rolling landscape and older buildings made out of the local red and yellow sandstone.
Inverness also sits astride the Great Glen, a massive rift valley stretching from Fort William to Inverness. This natural boundary separates the West Highlands and the Central Highlands. Two mountainous landscapes of differing character. The junction between the Old Red Sandstone of the coastal plain and the Mica Schist of the uplands is evidenced by the hills surrounding Inverness.
Within Inverness there are riverside walks, woodlands and a Local Nature Reserve all within a 15 minutes walk of the city centre. Seals can be seen swimming in the tidal areas of the River Ness at all times of the year, many birds can be seen along the river - Goldeneye duck in the winter and in the summer all manner of aerobatic insect feeders; Swallows, House Martins and the speedy Swifts. There are even Peregrine Falcons to be seen atop the steeple of the Free North Church. For those keen of eye and early to rise (or late to bed) you may spot a Pine Marten on the Ness Islands less than a mile from the city centre.
For those wanting to travel further afield within 30 minutes of Inverness there are Bottlenosed Dolphins, Red Kites, basking seals and Scottish Crossbills. An hour’s travel will get you into Golden Eagle and Red Deer country.