What you told us about your Midsummer’s Day

Here are some of the messages we got – thank you to all those who got in touch!

“I cycled to and from work – I cycle every day, regardless of the weather. It is a great way to start and finish the day. No stress of being stuck in traffic or having to find a parking space. Sets me up for the day, healthier option with feel good vibes .”

“Me and the little adventurer will be our on our bikes commuting to swim lessons, and playing in the park afterwards, using the quieter 20mph streets in town to travel with toddler.”

“At my work, 7 people cycled to work, 4 visitors cycled/walked and used public transport to get to us and 6 of us went on a lunchtime walk.”

“On the evening of the 21st of June the family are going to walk around the Fasgadh Community Woodland project at Leachkin, Inverness. We’ll take the wee dog for a walk and we’ll be speaking Gaelic most of the time. We’ll probably end up singing a few songs too. A great way to celebrate the summer solstice.”

“I was out of town all day. I’ve just had a brisk 25 minute walk” [from a taxi driver]

“Great walk, cycle & blether this evening with a fun bunch of people. Looking forward to the next one.”

“As we were unable to attend the events today we tried to get out ourselves. My wife and two youngest kids went for a 4 mile bike ride to Whin Park via the canal and I and my eldest went running for an hour at the UHI campus.”

“Cycle to work this morning for #ownyourstreetinverness… great view from the cycle path over River Ness. More routes like this through the city would be great!”

“Still able to #ownyourstreetinverness when in the Longman Estate… Ben Wyvis sneaking in there.”

“A motorist blasted his horn at the Drummond lights… If there had been 30 cars instead of bikes in front of him, he’d have been waiting a lot longer!”

Midsummer Inverness 2018

Smiling kids in bike trailer

Here’s the challenge: can you use the streets, parks, pavements, paths and outdoor spaces of Inverness and surrounds on foot, by bike, on a scooter, on a skateboard, or however else you choose, for at least twenty minutes, on Thursday June 21st?

We want Inverness to lead the way in making our streets and outdoors spaces safe, friendly, and lovely for walkers and cyclists of all ages, all incomes and all abilities, whatever their motivation.

So get your thinking caps on and show us what you come up with!

You can do it alone, or as a group, you can take your dog, or your deckchair, you can just walk round the block, join a led walk or cycle, you can get to work by bus, or walk to see your nan, pack your tent and head off for the hills, or organise a teaparty. Or maybe just sit in your garden and watch the sky, the birds or the flowers.

It doesn’t matter what you do, as long as it is using the streets or outdoor spaces, in or around Inverness. If you say or nod hello to one other person along the way, job done! And if you have to drive that day, you can show your support for making our streets a better place by sticking to 20mph.

We believe that it is as showing, as a community, how we use our common space or how we would like to use it, that we can best help shape Inverness into a fine city for the future!

We want to hear about what you did and why you did it, what motivated you and what you got out of it.

And if you are in a group, club or neighbourhood that can put on an event, let us know and we will share it.

How you can help us

Tell us what you are doing or plan to do that day

Share your experience and photos

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Let us help you

Need to know if what you are planning is ok to do?

Want to let people know about your plans?

Need a bike but can’t afford one?

How to contact us


Examples of things you could do

“I cycled to school – that is what i do everyday”

“we paid for a parking space and set up deckchairs and had a tea party – i’d heard of other places doing that and it looked fun”

“A few of us parents at the school have organised to go cycling with the kids after school – wewant the streets to be safer for kids to cycle on, and so the more people get out on their bikes the better!”

“I cycled to work – i normally do”

“I walked round the block – I want to get fitter”

“a few of us at work signed up to this and plan to go to work on foot or by bike or public transport on the 21st – we all want to do something for the environment”

“I walked along the new Westlink distributor road path –  i wanted to see the new bridge”

“I went on a nature walk – i want to meet new people and find out stuff”

“my friends and I went to the skate park – it’s what we do anyway”

“my neighbours and i had a street party – there are new neighbours down the road we hadn’t meet yet”

“i kayaked to work down the Ness – i like a challenge!”

“Me and my mates are going for a midnight mountain bike – wooooohooooo!”

Our challenge is to get at least 6,123 people (that is 10% of the city) doing something, however small, and if possible  telling us what they’ve done, and why. Can you help us?