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About Invergordon

From the tiny port of Invergordon, the beautiful Scottish Highlands are yours to explore. Perhaps you'll visit the nearby city of Inverness or try to catch a glimpse of the elusive monster in Loch Ness?

 

Shore excursions in Invergordon

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Cruise Loch Ness

Activity medium

Duration: 4½ hours

Take a cruise around Loch Ness, the perfect way to absorb the spectacular scenery and look out for the Loch Ness Monster!

Setting off from Invergordon, you’ll drive south west and follow the banks of the beautiful Cromarty Firth towards Loch Ness, the United Kingdom’s largest volume of freshwater. Its murky depths conjure up tales and sightings of weird creatures, including its most famous legendary inhabitant - Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster.

Upon arrival at the loch, there will be an opportunity to view the lovely surroundings and perhaps pick up a souvenir, before stepping aboard your sightseeing boat. As you cruise out on to the famous Loch, allow the audio commentary to take you through the landscape. Discover the geology and history of the area and the tales of Nessie. During your cruise, be sure to keep an eye out for any monster sightings!

Afterwards, your return journey will take you through Inverness for a brief panoramic city drive, before heading back to Invergordon.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and by boat. The drive to Loch Ness is around 1-1½ hours each way. There is an 80 metre walk from the coach parking area to the sightseeing boat. This walk is fairly steep with approximately 24 steps to negotiate and there are some steps to negotiate on the boat. Flat, comfortable non-slip shoes are essential. The cruise lasts around 1 hour. Refreshments are available to purchase on board if required and local currency is required.

Georgian Cromarty and the Black Isle

Activity medium

Duration: 4½ hours

Enjoy a scenic exploration of the beautiful ‘Black Isle’, an area of rolling farmland and pretty villages.

Following the Cromarty Firth to the Black Isle, an area which is in fact, a peninsula and not an island, you’ll discover one of the most attractive gems on the east coast. The beautifully preserved 18th century town of Cromarty is full of historic interest, from the 17th century East Church with its extraordinary pews and the fascinating old Courthouse to old-world antique shops, taverns and cafés. After a short guided tour, there will be time to stroll at leisure through the town, perhaps visiting the thatched-roofed Hugh Miller’s Cottage, birthplace of the eminent local geologist and writer.

Continuing on the road above the fabled Fairy Glen, setting of many a local legend, through fertile farmland, dramatic countryside and stately woods, past the village of Rosemarkie, an important centre of Christianity in Pictish times. A stop will be made at Fortrose, a quietly elegant village to photograph the beautiful ruins of the early 13th century Fortrose Cathedral.

Further on, you’ll catch a glimpse of the colourful hanging rags as you pass by Clootie Well, a Celtic place of pilgrimage where the water is supposed to bring good luck & health.

Before returning to the ship, a stop will be made at North Kessock, one of the best spots in the UK to view Moray Firth dolphins. From here, you can also see over to Inverness and the impressive Kessock Bridge.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Approximately 1 hour is spent in Cromarty.

Glenmorangie Whisky and Royal Dornoch

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 3¾ hours

Visit a traditional distillery that produces one of Scotland’s best-loved malt whiskies and explore the historic town of Royal Dornoch.

A short drive north takes you to the ancient Royal Burgh of Tain, an attractive small town of grand whisky-coloured sandstone buildings and home to the Glenmorangie Distillery. ‘Glenmorangie’ in Gaelic means ‘glen of tranquillity’, a particularly appropriate description for its calm and scenic location. Enjoy a guided tour of the fascinating distillery that is famous for its highly rated malt whisky which is distributed around the world. During your leisurely visit, see demonstrations of traditional skills, before savouring a glass of this fine whisky.

Following the distillery visit, cross the Dornoch Firth via the low causeway bridge to the Royal Burgh of Dornoch. This historic 12th century town is a designated National Scenic Area in the Highlands of Scotland. Its tranquil location, scenery and climate have attracted visitors for decades. There will be time in this enchanting town to admire the many fine buildings which include the impressive medieval Cathedral, majestic 16th century Bishop’s Palace (now a hotel), courthouse and the Old Town Jail or you may prefer to wander down the peaceful streets lined with sandstone cottages and town houses or browse the series of enticing galleries and shops.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There are uneven surfaces, open gratings and approximately 55 steps spread throughout the distillery. There will be around 45 minutes spent in Royal Dornoch.

Grand Dunrobin Castle

Activity high

Duration: 4 hours

Combine a scenic drive to the northern Highland coast with a visit to the grand chateau style Dunrobin Castle.

A scenic drive north from Invergordon displays the wonderful countryside in this area of Scotland. Crossing the Dornoch Firth you will pass through the fishing village of Golspie, where the Duke of Sutherland’s monument can be seen high on the nearby hill. This tribute is a source of contention in the area, as he is regarded by many locals as responsible for evicting thousands of tenants during the Clearances.

The breathtaking Dunrobin Castle with its fairy tale turrets suddenly becomes visible at the end of a long, tree-lined drive. The impressive building, containing 189 rooms filled with fine furniture, paintings, tapestries and art, is magnificently set in a great park and formal gardens overlooking the sea. The collections make for an interesting visit, as you browse through the bedrooms, nurseries, studies and public rooms. Displays include antique household equipment, ceremonial robes, uniforms, arms and a complete working 19th century fire engine, all of which give a detailed insight into life for the earlier Earls and Dukes of Sutherland.

After a self guided tour of the Castle there will be around 1 hour of free time to further explore the Castle or to walk amongst the beautiful gardens in this wonderful setting.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is up to 2 hours of walking at the castle involving some steps, a spiral staircase and inclined and uneven terrain. Flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

Inverness and Cawdor Castle

Activity high

Duration: 7 hours

Discover the highland capital of Inverness and the enchanting medieval Cawdor Castle.

Travelling south from Invergordon, you’ll drive along the banks of the beautiful Cromarty Firth towards the historic city of Inverness. Upon arrival, enjoy a brief panoramic drive around the city taking in a few of the historic sites, before enjoying some free time at your own leisure. Explore and admire the city and perhaps purchase a snack or refreshments.

After your time in Inverness you’ll head a little further inland to Cawdor Castle, a traditional medieval castle and residence. Dating back to 1372, it is still in the hands of the Cawdor family after 6 centuries and remains a living home to this day. The castle also has a fascinating association with Shakespeare’s Macbeth. A visit to the castle will show you its romantic furnishings both inside and out, and you’ll also have time to admire the lovely grounds and gardens. Each of the gardens offer a variety of flowers and plant life all meticulously looked after.

Following your visit, you’ll take the drive back to Invergordon.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves walking over varying terrain, which includes some steep inclines, steps and narrow spiral staircases. Flat, non-slip shoes are essential. An introduction of the castle will be provided by your guide at the entrance. Once inside there will be no guided tour, however castle stewards will be on hand to offer information and answer any questions. Local currency is accepted for purchases.

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