Improvement work on Ness Islands to resume

The final phase of improvement works on the Ness Islands in Inverness will resume next week. 

The Ness Islands are not only a through route for crossing the River Ness but they are a much-loved and very popular destination in their own right.  

Members of The Highland Council’s City of Inverness Area Committee approved £73,183 of Inverness Common Good funding for improvement works on bridges, tree maintenance, pathways and bank erosion works. This work has been taking place in stages over the last 12 months.  

This final phase, due to start on Monday 25 February, is to restructure and repair the paths leading up to some of the bridges where the path has broken away or the incline is too steep. Once completed people will be able to enjoy improved smoother access for wheelchairs and prams. 

In order to complete the work it will be necessary to close the Wells Bridge for around a week. The works have been planned to take place before spring and every attempt will be made to complete the project in the shortest possible time and to keep any disruption to a minimum. Specific closure dates for the bridge will be made public as soon as possible. Other routes around the islands will still be accessible. 

Signs are being erected advising walkers and cyclists of the planned works and anyone enjoying the Islands is asked to follow the restrictions. 

To ensure safety during the final phase of works, The Highland Council is advising people to:

  • Please follow any diverted routes as indicated.
  • Dog walkers, keep dogs on a lead while works are in progress.
  • Cyclists should travel at slow pace.
  • Children should be kept under visual contact at all times.


18 Feb 2019
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