Here at Ness Walk, we are focussed on providing the most environmentally friendly luxury holidays to our guests. We believe that by working in partnership with the environment, the community and businesses, we can ensure everyone can enjoy sustainable holidays with us.
We’ve highlighted some of the ways our luxury hotel is working to achieve a greener future. However there are many ways in which guests can take an active role in their own eco-holidays in Inverness.
Explore the Highlands by bike
By far one of the most environmentally friendly modes of transport is the bicycle. Inverness and the Highlands is well set up for cycling, with many paths that criss-cross the area. Country roads are quiet here too, allowing you the time to enjoy stunning views.
There are many companies who offer bike hire. We recommend booking in advance, especially if you are visiting in the summer where demand is high. If you want to ensure quieter roads, coming out of season in spring or winter may suit you better.
Some companies near Ness Walk include:
Additionally, if you are looking for a cycling tour or a bespoke package to take in specific Highlands highlights, then get in touch with 42 Cycling.
Electric cars & chargers
If time is limited and you have a full itinerary of sights to see around the Highlands, then a car is an excellent option. Electric or hybrid cars can make your journey more eco-friendly. Whether you bring your own or wish to hire one here, you will have access to Ness Walk’s on-site chargers.
We can offer guests 13 overnight chargers, each offering 7kW to 22kW. We also have 2 rapid chargers, offering 50kW, which offers charges of up to 172 miles in just 1 hour.
Nearby electric car rental firms include:
Inverness city offers a fully electric bus network with zero-emission Yutong E10. These operate across all city centre routes. The public transport in Inverness is clean and timely, used daily by people from all walks of life. It offers a convenient way to get around the city, and also a little further afield. It’s the perfect way to have sustainable holidays in Inverness whilst still getting to explore the city. You can plan your local bus journey here. By using a bus or coach with other travellers, you can cut down the emissions required to get you all there as opposed to everyone driving their own car.
Bus journeys are available to take you to Loch Ness and back for the day, and you can find details of those here.
It is also possible to book onto tours of the Highlands where a guide will point out interesting features and stories. There are many to chose from, but some of our favourites include:
Eating local, sustainable and in-season food are the pillars of our in-house restaurant, Torrish. Here you can taste some of the best ingredients Scotland has to offer, including fresh fish, high-quality cuts of meat and vegetables from the surrounding areas.
Inverness has many more delicious eateries to spend time, from breakfast to lunch to dinner. Some which offer quality meals using sustainable ingredients include:
River House Restaurant – stunning food on the banks of the River Ness serving locally sourced seafood.
Fig & Thistle Bistro – offers locally sourced food and drink.
Downright Gabbler in Beauly – committed to using local suppliers wherever possible.
Green boat cruises
If you are visiting Inverness and Loch Ness, then you are sure to want to take a trip onto the water, and perhaps even do some Nessie spotting! It’s more likely, however, that you will see some dolphins – and these magnificent creatures are more than worth the effort.
There are some boat ride companies which have green accreditation. They include:
Dolphin Spirit, which holds a bronze award from the Green Tourism Board and in 2022 were finalists in the ‘Excellence In Sustainable Development’ category at the Highland Business Women awards.
Jacobite by Loch Ness also holds the environment close to its heart, and makes for a fantastic trip out onto the loch. They use Visit Scotland’s accredited Green Tourism Business Scheme to monitor environmental performance and standards.
Having an eco-friendly holiday here in Inverness is a wonderful way to spend time. We are happy to help you further in discovering ways to do so when you are here. Sustainable holidays at Ness Walk can be achieved by anyone – and we’d love to help. Get in touch today and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.See Our Offers