The River Ness
The River Ness is about seven miles long flowing north-north-eastward from the northern end of Loch Dochfour at the top of Loch Ness to the Beauly and Moray Firths.
Only 7 miles long the river is the main natural feature of the city if Inverness, the capital of the highlands, and its banks are steeped in a wealth of history.
The origins of "Ness"
The origin of the name of the river Ness is not very clear. The Gaelic for Inverness is Inbhirnis, Inbhir or "Inver" means mouth (as in river mouth not the mouth on your face) so Inbhirnis ..... more
Loch Ness and Loch Dochfour
There are many websites, books, magazine articles, scientific journals and so on already written about Loch Ness, and deservedly so. This website is not about Loch Ness but ....... more
The upper river
From Dochgarroch Weir down as far as Holm Mills the river is surrounded by fields and woodland. The canal runs along the left bank, remaining level as the river falls away downstream. The river and canal are ..... more
The Ness Islands, although just inside the city are very much "outside" the city. There are two islands, both wooded, connected by footbridges, two of these are suspension bridges connecting to each bank ..... more
Waterloo bridge is known locally as the Black Bridge, due to the original bridge being built of a very dark coloured wood. The wooden bridge was constructed in 1808 to connect the village of ..... more
The railway bridge, about 80 yards downstream from the Waterloo bridge, is currently (2007) the newest bridge spanning the Ness. This was opened in April 1990. The original railway bridge was swept away ..... more
The first quay in Inverness, the Shore Street Quay was built in 1675, running 540 feet northwards along Shore street from where the Railway bridge is now. A tax on ale and beer was ..... more
Cromwell's citadel was constructed in an attempt to subdue the highlands. It could hold a garrison of up to one thousand men and was active for about seven years. The garrison was withdrawn after ..... more