Exploring Our Rich Heritage

Inverness, the capital of the Scottish Highlands, is a city steeped in history and culture. From its stunning natural landscapes to its rich cultural heritage, Inverness is a city that is truly worth exploring. The city is home to many historic buildings and landmarks that are of cultural significance. One such landmark is the Ness Walk Hotel. 

View of the Greig Street Bridge in Inverness, Scotland

Our historic building

The building that now houses the luxurious Ness Walk Hotel had humble beginnings. Twelve Ness Walk was built in the mid-19th century in a then-sleepy town. The Victorian-style single-story building was originally the home of Dr. William Simpson, a provost of the Royal Burgh of Inverness. After trading for a number of years as a small guest house, the building was listed in 1981. This identifies the building as one of cultural significance in Inverness under a Category-B listing. 

Exterior of Ness Walk in Inverness

Becoming Ness Walk Hotel

In 2019, after undergoing a large refurbishment, Ness Walk was born. It seamlessly blends the newly restored Victorian building with a contemporary building housing 47 new and luxurious rooms and suites. The restoration was a complex and sensitive project that ensured the exquisite period features of the property were not only preserved but showcased.

From the restoration of the open fire in the Torrish Restaurant to the intricate cornicing in the lounge, each design detail has been thoughtfully curated. The newly created courtyard offers a tranquil space to enjoy views of the River Ness. And, it is now home to a herb garden, offering fresh flavours for the menus. 

Lounge Seating area in bright decadent setting

Preserving and highlighting the history of the area is important, and the Ness Walk Hotel is doing just that. The building has been an important part of Inverness’s history, and preserving it means that visitors can experience the charm and character of the city’s past while enjoying modern amenities. The restoration of the Ness Walk highlights the importance of preserving historic buildings and landmarks, not just in Inverness but in all cities. 

The history around us

One of the delights of visiting Inverness is the chance to walk along the River Ness from the city centre to the Ness Islands. This collection of small islands sits in the middle of the river, preserved as a public nature reserve. The islands are linked to both banks of the River Ness by picturesque Victorian footbridges.  

The Ness Islands were purchased by the Inverness Town Council in the early 19th century. And, the first bridge linking Ness Islands to the mainland was built in 1828. The original bridges were swept away by floods in 1849 and the existing suspension bridges were fitted in 1853, designed by James Dredge (1794–1863). 

spring morning with traditional bridge over river

Ness Walk is a shining example of how historic buildings and landmarks can be preserved and highlighted while providing modern amenities to visitors. The hotel’s restoration showcases the importance of preserving cultural heritage, and its prime location allows visitors to explore Inverness’s rich history and cultural heritage. Ness Walk is more than just a place to stay; it is an important part of Inverness’s cultural heritage and a must-visit destination for anyone interested in Scottish history and culture. 

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