Inverness West — Ward Profile

Albyn Housing at Brude’s HillThe Inverness West ward covers 5.5 square miles (14 sq km) and lies on the western side of the City of Inverness. It comprises the residential areas of Scorguie, Kinmylies, Muirtown, Clachnaharry village, the Bught/Springfield/Ballifeary area, and rural areas in Dunain and on the Leachkin. It is represented on Highland Council by three councillors.


  • It is mainly a suburban residential ward, with a large proportion of owner-occupied houses (74%).
  • Craig Dunain and Craig Phadrig, The Leachkin, New Craigs Hospital, Kilvean Cemetery and Crematorium, Scottish Natural Heritage HQ at Great Glen House, the Caledonian Canal, Torvean Golf Course, Inverness Leisure Centre, Whin Park, the future Highland Archive, the Bught Park, Tomnahurich Cemetery and the scenic Ness Islands all contribute to the ward’s place of importance within Inverness.
  • Major employers located within the ward are New Craigs Hospital, Scottish Natural Heritage, Inverness Leisure Centre and Caley Cruisers.
  • Approximately 2,500 people within the ward are in employment, 67% of them in public administration, education & health. Shops and hotels are the other main employment sources.
  • The west of the city witnessed a major expansion in the 1970s and 1980s when the housing areas of Scorguie and Kinmylies were built. After a long pause major house building is again under way by Robertson Homes at Westercraigs on the former Craig Dunain Hospital site.
  • The swing bridges over the Caledonian Canal and the need for a permanent road link have made transport the key issue in this part of Inverness.
  • The A82 Fort William and A862 Beauly roads both go through Inverness West, resulting in all road access from Inverness to the west passing through the ward. It is the western gateway of Inverness.
  • There is one secondary school (Charleston Academy) and two primary schools (Kinmylies and Muirtown) within the ward. A considerable number of pupils, mainly from the Bught/Springfield part of the ward, also attend Inverness High School and Dalneigh and Central Primary Schools.
  • The unemployment rate of 1.1% is well below the Highland and Scottish averages. 46% of 16–74 year olds are employed full-time.
  • The total population is 8,122, with 3,575 households.
  • The electorate at October 2008 was 6,688.