April A-Z: N is for Ness Islands

The Ness Islands are a group of little islands in the middle of the River Ness within the city of Inverness itself. They are connected via Victorian footbridges spanning either side of the river bank and then from island to island, and are laid out with easily accessible and well-kept pathways for enjoying a leisurely stroll, or having a seat on a wooden bench, or in better times (and better weather) maybe stopping off for a picnic along the way. As well as for visiting tourists, the islands are a popular destination for local families, dog-walkers, joggers, and cyclists.

In the winter as the water level rises there are less islands and more river to view, but in the summer with the river level lower, the islands are more usually seen at their best. For now though, you’ll have to just take my word for it! These images were all taken last month before the stay at home thing kicked in, so although I really enjoyed my walk it was a rather grey, dull day – but in spite of the weather the old tree-trunk Nessie still had a smile on her face 🙂

For this year’s A-Z I’m going to take you on a photographic tour of My Inverness, Past and Present. I grew up in the local area, I went to school here and brought up my three children here, but I moved away to London for 18 years before returning home for good at the end of last summer.

P.S. My initial plan for my A-Z posts has necessarily been curtailed somewhat due to the current coronavirus pandemic, but we’ll get through the alphabet one way or another, however creative my use of subjects may have to be – so thank you for visiting Inverness with me, and I hope you enjoy our trip!

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