With our new store opening in Inverness just around the corner, we caught up with Inverness store manager Craig Mills to find out more about the local area. From Nessie spotting at Loch Ness to skiing, walking and mountain biking, read for some top tips on how to spend your time in and around this beautiful city…
Catch Craig at our Inverness store opening on the 11th November.
What’s the best summer activity and the best winter activity in Inverness?
Camping around the Glenmore forest area is a great thing to do in the summer. Either that, or mountain biking in the Cairngorms. In the winter, if you’re a skier or a snowboarder, skiing in Aviemore is a must. I’m not a skier though, so I like to spend the winter months climbing in Coire an t-Sneachda. There are lots of grades of climbing there for everyone. My personal favourite is Pygmy Ridge.
What’s the best activity on land and the best activity on water to try in Inverness?
If you want to stick to the land, exploring the area on a bike is great fun. There are lots of cycle networks in the area, as well as a brilliant single track if you fancy it. The best activity on water has to be going hunting for Nessie on Loch Ness, or heading to Loch Morlich for some wild swimming.
What’s the best local walk?
Ben Wyvis is one of the best local walks, and the nearest Munro. It’s a relatively easy ascent to the top, and on a clear day the views are breathtaking.
What’s your favourite local climbing spot?
My favourite climb is the Cave Route at Huntly’s Cave. It’s well sheltered so is good in most weather conditions.
Give us your best Inverness fact:
This one’s more about Loch Ness but still close by: The Loch holds more fresh water than all the lochs and lakes in England and Wales combined!
Where should we head to take in some culture in the city?
The Eden Court Theatre is a fantastic venue which features a huge variety of performance for all tastes. You can catch current films and old classics, as well as talks, shows and workshops.
If you’re just in the area for one day, what’s one thing you can’t miss?
Loch Ness is a definite must-see. A walk along the river front is also great, it makes you forget you’re in a city.
Craig Mills, Inverness Store Manager
Craig Mills has been working for Cotswold Outdoor for 10 years. When he’s not working hard on the shop floor, you can find him climbing in the Cairngorms, mountain biking, or spending time with his family.