Invergordon, Scotland

Introduction to Invergordon, Scotland

Invergordon - located at the head of a beautiful firth in the stunning Scottish Highlands - boasts stunning scenic beauty and epic landscapes to explore, and serves as a gateway to the mystical waters of Loch Ness - home of the legendary Loch Ness Monster.

Located at the head of a beautiful firth in the stunning Scottish Highlands, Invergordon boasts stunning scenic beauty and epic landscapes to explore and admire. The town is also the perfect place to explore interesting Scottish history amid the brooding splendour of 15th century Cawdor Castle (forever - but wrongly - linked with Shakespeare's Macbeth), or at imposing Dunrobin Castle which dates from the 13th century and houses a fine collection of paintings and family memorabilia of the Earls of Sutherland.

Close-by and within easy reach is arguably Scotland's most famous Loch - Loch Ness - which is said-to-be-home to the infamous Loch Ness Monster. Be sure to take a tour to the Loch and go in search of this elusive creature and to unearth a host of other myths, tales and legends.

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Foulis Castle, Invergordon

A SPECIAL INVITATION TO FOULIS CASTLE

  • Discover Foulis Castle, set in beautiful grounds among mature trees
  • Be welcomed by the hereditary Clan Chief as they show you around their beautiful home
  • Enjoy exclusive access to the fine reception rooms and admire fascinating clan memorabilia
Activity Tour
Price£60.00 - £75.00
DurationApproximately 2.45 hours
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

This exclusive tour takes you to Foulis Castle, seat of the Clan Munro and private family home of the Chief, dating back over 700 years.  During your visit you will be greeted by Hector Munro of Foulis - the 33rd hereditary Clan Chief.

From Invergordon, you travel the short distance along the picturesque Cromaty Firth and then inland into the Ross-shire countryside, reaching the gatehouse, the official entrance to Foulis Castle. The imposing building you will visit today dates from the 18th century, built by Sir Harry Munro. During your visit enjoy exclusive access to the castle and view a fine display of old Clan tartans. Take a step back in time as you look around an early Victorian kitchen, complete with its original fittings.

Next, tea and coffee will be served in the castle’s dining room, surrounded by portraits of the Clan ancestors. No doubt you'll hear how the Chief is a renowned barley producer, the essential ingredient of Scotland's famous malt whiskies, while his mother is a keen gardener. The castle is set in beautiful grounds and you will be free to explore the gardens, accompanied by the Clan Chief and his charming mother, as they recount tales and histories of this typical Scottish clan. After a wonderful and unforgettable tour, you will depart Foulis and return to the ship at Invergordon.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a strenuous amount of walking and between 60 and 70 steps up and down, covering three floors will be encountered. You are reminded that you are being invited into someone’s home, and we ask that this is highly respected. Please note that if Hector Munro of Foulis is not available to meet you, either a business partner or family member will meet you instead.

 

SYMBOLS: Strenuous walking, refreshments, steps & free time

 


Cawdor Castle, Invergordon

CAWDOR CASTLE & CULLODEN

  • Be captivated by Cawdor Castle – steeped in history and legend
  • Explore the Castle’s walled, flower and wild gardens
  • Visit the famous battlefield of Culloden
Activity Tour
Price£60.00-£70.00
DurationApproximately 5 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

Cawdor is one of Scotland’s most enchanting and romantic medieval Castles, and is home to fine portraits and interesting objects. Along with the beautiful gardens, your visit here will be a truly memorable experience.

Travelling south from Invergordon you follow the banks of the Cromarty Firth, until you reach the conservation village of Cawdor and the impressive Cawdor Castle. A truly beautiful residence, it is romantically furnished and surrounded by exceptionally pretty gardens. It is a traditional Castle in style and holds all the aura of Scotland’s medieval past. After seeing the Castle, there is time to walk through the beautiful gardens. Soft fruits, flowers, vegetables and orchards mingle closely together to form the North Garden. There is also the Paradise Garden, Knot Garden and Thistle Garden, as well as an orchard planted with old Scottish fruit trees. The wild garden on the bank of Cawdor Burn (stream) leads into Cawdor Forest.

Re-joining your coach you will travel to the famous battlefield of Culloden. This is the site of the last battle to be fought on British soil. The desolate fields where the conflict took place have scarcely changed over the past 250 years.  The excellent new visitor centre has a fascinating exhibition and film and your guide will also walk you out onto the battlefields themselves for a true taste of the battle!

 

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Unfortunately, due to the many steps at the Castle and the paved gardens, this tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. A free flow system operates in the Castle – your guide will introduce the Castle before you walk around the rooms on your own. The guide will be on hand to answer questions you might have, and there is information in each room. The walking in the gardens is during free time, and is therefore at your own discretion. There is a gift shop at the Castle. Please note that refreshments are not included, but can be purchased.

 


Cawdor Castle, Invergordon, Scotland

CAWDOR CASTLE & GARDENS

  • Be captivated by Cawdor Castle – steeped in history and legend
  • Explore the Castle’s walled, flower and wild gardens
Price£35.00-£45.00
DurationApproximately 4 1/4 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included

Cawdor is one of Scotland’s most enchanting and romantic medieval Castles, and is home to fine portraits and interesting objects. Along with the beautiful gardens, your visit here will be a truly memorable experience.

First, you will have a short visit to the historic highland capital of Inverness. Travelling south from Invergordon you follow the banks of the Cromarty Firth, and then enter Inverness for a brief city tour that takes in some of the more historic sites, such as the Gothic style Town House and Tolbooth Steeple, as well as the pretty, tree-lined River Ness.

Re-join your coach and continue inland, never far from the Moray Firth known for its dolphins. You will reach the conservation village of Cawdor and the impressive Cawdor Castle. A truly beautiful residence, it is romantically furnished and surrounded by exceptionally pretty gardens. The approach is by a drawbridge and the Castle, dating back to 1372, is still in the hands of the Cawdor family after six centuries. It is a traditional Castle in style and holds all the aura of Scotland’s medieval past.

After seeing the Castle, there is time to walk through the beautiful gardens. Soft fruits, flowers, vegetables and orchards mingle closely together to form the North Garden. There is also the Paradise Garden, Knot Garden and Thistle Garden, as well as an orchard planted with old Scottish fruit trees. The wild garden on the bank of Cawdor Burn (stream) leads into Cawdor Forest. You will have free time in the gardens after the tour of the Castle.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2016 CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Unfortunately, due to the many steps at the Castle and the paved gardens, this tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. A free flow system operates in the Castle – your guide will introduce the Castle before you walk around the rooms on your own. The guide will be on hand to answer questions you might have, and there is information in each room. The walking in the gardens is during free time, and is therefore at your own discretion. There is a gift shop at the Castle. Please note that refreshments are not included, but can be purchased.

 


Glass of Whiskey

GLENMORANGIE DISTILLERY & LOVELY DORNOCH

  • Enjoy a unique visit to the Glenmorangie Distillery
  • A visit to Scotland would not be complete without a ‘wee dram’
  • Uncover the pretty town of Dornoch 
Price£60.00-£70.00
DurationApproximately 4 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

You leave your ship in Invergordon today and head for nearbyTain and the world renowned home of Glenmorangie malt whisky.

Glenmorangie means ‘The Glen of Tranquillity’.  The earliest documented reference to distillation on this site is to be found in 1703, although tradition knows whisky to have been produced here for centuries before that.  Many of the buildings at the Glen of Tranquillity date back to the time when the distillery was licensed in 1843.   At the same time the unique swan-neck copper stills were introduced and so the distinctive flavours of Glenmorangie that we know today were begun. In all that time, despite the occasional temptation to shed age-old customs in favour of fashionable or more cost-effective practices, the processes used to create Glenmorangie have hardly altered at all.

Crafting the singular taste of Glenmorangie is entrusted to the care of just sixteen people - the Sixteen Men of Tain. This skilled group of craftsmen continues to produce whisky in the time-honoured way.   Your tour today will begin with a short video introduction to whisky, followed by a visit to their small museum, and tour of the distillery, including the warehouses where the whisky rests in casks.  At the end of your tour you will of course have the opportunity to taste the finished product by way of a tutored tasting.

Those wishing to bring home a souvenir will enjoy the mouth-watering shop!

Following your visit, continue north to the lovely small town of Dornoch for some time at leisure to explore and browse the local shops.  In particular, we recommend you visit the charming little Cathedral. 

Finally, enjoy the relaxed drive back to Invergordon.

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Is this tour right for you?

 

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that there are steep steps in the distillery, and the floors have open gratings - no high-heeled shoes should be worn. Over two hours of walking or standing will be encountered on this tour. WE do not recommend this tour to guests in wheelchairs. All participants must be able to board and disembark the coach unaided. Please be advised that any alcohol purchased to take home will be handed in to security for safe keeping on return to the ship. 

 


Dunrobin Castle, Invergordon Scotland

GRAND DUNROBIN CASTLE

  • Visit the largest house in the Highlands –  the awe-inspiring Dunrobin Castle
  • Explore the castle’s walled gardens
  • Take a walk in the magnificent formal gardens, overlooking the sea
Activity Tour
Price£70.00-£80.00
DurationApproximately 4 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included

Take in the wonderful countryside of this part of Scotland as you travel to the dramatic Dunrobin Castle, and its wonderful gardens.

The breath taking Dunrobin Castle dramatically unveils itself to you at the end of a long, tree-lined drive. The castle was originally a square keep built around 1275 by Robert, Earl of Sutherland, but its present outward appearance results from extensive changes made from 1845 to 1850. The impressive house contains 189 rooms, with a rich collection of fine furniture, paintings, tapestries and objets d’art. The castle is magnificently set in a great park and you are free to walk in these beautiful formal gardens which overlook the sea. After time spent at the castle, you re-join your coach and head back to your awaiting ship in Invergordon. 

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves approximately one and a half hours of walking in the castle and grounds, and many steps and flights of stairs will be encountered. Owing to the small size of the rooms in the castle, guides cannot give a room-by-room commentary - a detailed introduction will be made and then you are free to explore. The guides will remain on hand to answer any questions you may have. Please note that large bags are not permitted inside the castle, and photography is prohibited. For reference, the journey will take approximately one hour each way.

 


Dunrobin Castle

GRAND DUNROBIN CASTLE & ROYAL DORNOCH

  • Explore the northern stretch of the east coast of Scotland
  • Visit the largest house in the Highlands –  the awe-inspiring Dunrobin Castle
  • Take a walk in magnificent formal gardens overlooking the sea
Activity Tour
Price£35.00 - £45.00
DurationApproximately 4 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included

A scenic drive north from Invergordon offers a taste of the wonderful countryside of this part of Scotland – on this tour you will travel to the dramatic Dunrobin Castle and see the town of Royal Dornoch.

Your journey to Dunrobin Castle passes through the pretty town of Tain, before crossing the Dornoch Firth and continuing through the fishing village of Golspie, where the Duke of Sutherland’s monument can be seen high on the nearby beinn – “mountain” in Gaelic.

The breathtaking Dunrobin Castle dramatically unveils itself to you at the end of a long, tree-lined drive. The castle was originally a square keep built around 1275 by Robert, Earl of Sutherland, but its present outward appearance results from extensive changes made from 1845 to 1850. The impressive house contains 189 rooms, with a rich collection of fine furniture, paintings, tapestries and objets d’art. The castle is magnificently set in a great park and you are free to walk in these beautiful formal gardens which overlook the sea. There should also be a falconry display in the grounds.

After time spent at the castle, you re-join your coach and head towards the enchanting 12th century town of Royal Dornoch for a brief photo stop. You will then return to your ship in Invergordon. 

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2016 AROUND UK CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves approximately one and three quarter hours of walking in the castle and grounds, and many steps and flights of stairs will be encountered. Owing to the small size of the rooms in the castle, guides cannot give a room-by-room commentary. A detailed introduction will be made and then you are free to explore – the guides will remain on hand to answer any questions. Please note that large bags are not permitted inside the castle, and photography is prohibited. The falconry display usually takes place daily, however we can not guarantee this. If the falconry display does take place there are a limited number of bench-style seats, however if it is popular you may have to stand to watch it. For reference, the journey will take approximately one hour each way and the tour buses may not have air conditioning or toilets onboard.


In the pursuit of Tartan

IN THE PURSUIT OF TARTAN

  • Learn about the national dress of Scotland – the kilt
  • Don a Kilt yourself
  • Enjoy the views of Inverness Castle
Price£150.00-£170.00
DurationApprox. 3.5 Hrs
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Shopping time includedShopping time included

You will depart Invergordon by minibus and head to Scotland’s only visitor attraction devoted to their famous national dress for a unique look into the making of the much-loved kilt.

You will enjoy a fascinating insight into the history, tradition and culture of the kilt. The Centre creates a colourful, authentic and memorable experience, brought to life by audio-visual, costume and tartan displays in all their brilliance. You will be led through the exhibition space by one of their very own expert guides and you’ll see kilts being made for export all over the world.

There will be free time to peruse the impressive shop which has a range of superior gifts, tartans, tweeds, clan items, jewellery, kilts and highland dress accessories as well as enjoying a refreshment of tea or coffee and some shortbread.

Once you have been suitably informed as to what tartan means to Scotland and its culture, you will then have the opportunity to don a kilt and all its trimmings (for the men) or a beautiful sash and brooch (for the ladies). Don’t forget to take your camera!!! You will be allowed to wear your Highland Dress outside where a photo opportunity awaits you with the beautiful and imposing Inverness Castle as the backdrop.

Then it is time to change back into your regular attire and return back to Invergordon where your ship awaits you.

 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? There is a moderate amount of walking involved with this tour and to reach the first floor of the Visitors Centre a flight of stairs will need to be negotiated. 

 


Inverness on your own

  • Discover the delights of Inverness
  • Spend time exploring the city
  • Enjoy approximately five hours of time at leisure in Inverness

 

Price£40.00-£50.00
DurationApproximately 7 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

If you have visited Invergordon before or simply prefer to do your own thing, this tour is ideal for you. An approximate hour from the quayside will take you to the heart of the city - Inverness.

You will have approximately five hours of time at leisure in Inverness to discover the sights, browse the shops or just relax in a local café and soak up the atmosphere.

 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour is a transfer only and will not be guided; therefore you are responsible for being at the designated pick-up point at the correct time. Please note there is no shuttle bus operating to Inverness from Invergordon. It is an approximate hour drive from Invergordon into Inverness.

 


Inverness, Scotland

INVERNESS ON YOUR OWN

  • Discover the delights of Inverness
  • Spend time exploring the city
  • Enjoy approximately five hours of time at leisure in Inverness
Activity Tour
Price£40.00-£50.00
DurationApproximately 7 Hours
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

If you have visited Invergordon before or simply prefer to do your own thing, this tour is perfect! An approximate hour from the quayside will take you to the heart of the city - Inverness.

You will have approximately five hours of time at leisure in Inverness to discover the sights, browse the shops or just relax in a local café and soak up the atmosphere!

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2017 CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour is a transfer only and will not be guided; therefore you are responsible for being at the designated pick-up point at the correct time. Please note there is no shuttle bus operating to Inverness from Invergordon. It is an approximate hour drive from Invergordon into Inverness.


Victorian Market, Invergordon

INVERNESS ON YOUR OWN

  • Discover the delights of Inverness
  • Spend time exploring the city
  • Enjoy approximately three hoursof time at leisure in Inverness
Activity Tour
Price£18.00 - £28.00
DurationApproximately 4.5 hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

If you have visited Invergordon before or simply prefer to do your own thing, this tour is perfect! An approximate 45-minute journey from the quayside will take you to the heart of the city.

You will have approximately three hours of time at leisure in Inverness to discover the sights, browse the shops or just relax in a local café and soak up the atmosphere!

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2016 UK CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour is a transfer only and will not be guided; therefore you are responsible for being at the designated pick-up point at the correct time. Please note there is no shuttle bus operating to Inverness from Invergordon. It is an approximate 45-minute drive from Invergordon into Inverness.

 


Cruise on Loch Ness Cruise, Invergordon, Scotland

LOCH NESS CRUISE

  • Enjoy a cruise on scenic Loch Ness
  • Renowned throughout the world for its mythical monster - look out for 'Nessie!’
  • Head to Inverness for a tour of this highland capital city
Boat Tour
Price£40.00 - £55.00
DurationApproximately 4.5 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Free time includedFree time included

Experience a relaxing cruise along Loch Ness before taking in a brief city tour of Inverness.

Travelling south west from Invergordon you will follow the banks of the beautiful Cromarty Firth, then drive via Muir of Ord and Beauly (‘Beautiful Place’), with its atmospheric ruined abbey. The final descent takes you down a steep hill towards the stupendous Loch Ness. Britain’s largest volume of freshwater, its murky depths conjure up tales of sightings of weird creatures, including its most famous legendary inhabitant – ‘Nessie’, the Loch Ness Monster! 

Upon arrival at the loch, embark on a cruise on the famous waters and learn about its geology, history and, of course, the tales of the monster. You should have your camera at the ready to capture any monster sightings as well as the dramatic mountain scenery which surrounds the loch.

After your cruise, re-join your coach and proceed to Inverness - “Capital of the Highlands” - for a brief city tour. The town is full of historic sites, such as the Gothic-style Town House and Tolbooth Steeple, as well as lovely views of the tree-lined River Ness.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Your scenic drive to Loch Ness will take approximately one and a half hours. There is a walk of approximately 80 metres (262 feet) to the boat, which has steps to board; unfortunately this boat is not accessible to wheelchairs. Your cruise will last approximately one hour. For reference, the tour buses may not have air conditioning or toilets. The itinerary may operate in reverse order. Please note that the walk from the coach park to the cruise boat at Loch Ness includes approximately 25 Steps.


Loch ness, Urquhart Castle, Invergordon

LOCH NESS CRUISE & HISTORIC URQUHART CASTLE

  • Enjoy a cruise on scenic Loch Ness
  • Renowned throughout the world for its mythical monster - look out for 'Nessie!’
  • Admire the impressive ruins of Urquhart Castle 
Activity Tour Boat Tour
Price£60.00-£70.00
DurationApproximately 4.5 Hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

This tour will take you to Scotland’s most famous lake, Loch Ness, renowned throughout the world for its mythical monster, and to the picture-postcard Urquhart Castle.

Travelling south west from Invergordon you will follow the banks of the beautiful Cromarty Firth, before arriving at Loch Ness. Renowned as Britain’s largest volume of freshwater, its murky depths conjure up tales of sightings of weird creatures, including its most famous legendary inhabitant – ‘Nessie’, the Loch Ness Monster! 

Upon arrival at the loch, embark on a cruise on the famous waters and learn about its geology, history and, of course, tales of the monster. You should have your camera at the ready to capture any monster sightings as well as the dramatic mountain scenery which surrounds the loch. After your cruise you will head for the 14th century Urquhart Castle ruins, magnificently situated right on the edge of the loch and one of the most photographed scenes in Scotland. Enjoy a guided tour here as well as time at the state-of-the-art visitor centre.

Travelling back to the ship a stop will be made at nearby Beauly (meaning ‘beautiful place’). Here you will enjoy some free time to visit this charming Scottish town – it is an ideal place to purchase tweeds, knitwear and local crafts.

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2017 CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Your scenic drive to Loch Ness will take approximately one hour. There is a walk of approximately 80 metres (262 feet) and approximately 25 steps to reach the boat, which has steps to board; unfortunately the boat is not accessible to wheelchairs. Your cruise will last approximately one hour. At Urquhart Castle you can stay in the visitor centre and view the castle from there. The walk from the visitor centre to the castle is approximately 300 metres each way - please note that the terrain at Urquhart Castle includes tarmac, gravel and grass, with some inclines. In the castle tower there are approximately 75 steps in a narrow staircase, which can prove difficult for people to pass, when going in opposite directions. The itinerary may operate in reverse order.

 


Loch Ness cruise & historic Urquhart Cruise

  • Enjoy a cruise on scenic Loch Ness
  • Renowned throughout the world for its mythical monster - look out for 'Nessie’
  • Admire the impressive ruins of Urquhart Castle 

 

Price£55.00-£65.00
DurationApproximately 4 1/2 hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

This tour will take you to Scotland’s most famous lake, Loch Ness, renowned throughout the world for its mythical monster, and to the picture-postcard Urquhart Castle.

Travelling south-west from Invergordon you will follow the banks of the beautiful Cromarty Firth, before arriving at Loch Ness. Renowned as Britain’s largest volume of freshwater, its murky depths conjure up tales of sightings of weird creatures, including its most famous legendary inhabitant – ‘Nessie’, the Loch Ness Monster! 

Upon arrival at the loch, embark on a cruise on the famous waters and learn about its geology, history and, of course, tales of the monster. You should have your camera at the ready to capture any monster sightings as well as the dramatic mountain scenery which surrounds the loch. After your cruise you will head for the 14th century Urquhart Castle ruins, magnificently situated right on the edge of the loch and one of the most photographed scenes in Scotland. Enjoy a guided tour here as well as time at the state-of-the-art visitor centre.

Travelling back to the ship a stop will be made at nearby Beauly (meaning ‘beautiful place’). Here you will enjoy some free time to visit this charming Scottish town – it is an ideal place to purchase tweeds, knitwear and local crafts. 

 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Your scenic drive to Loch Ness will take approximately one hour. There is a walk of approximately 80 metres (262 feet) and approximately 25 steps to reach the boat, which has steps to board; unfortunately the boat is not accessible to wheelchairs. Your cruise will last approximately one hour. At Urquhart Castle you can stay in the visitor centre and view the castle from there. The walk from the visitor centre to the castle is approximately 300 metres each way - please note the terrain at Urquhart Castle includes tarmac, gravel and grass, with some inclines. In the castle tower there are approximately 75 steps in a narrow staircase, which can prove difficult for people to pass, when going in opposite directions. The itinerary may operate in reverse order.

 


Loch Ness, Scotland

PANORAMIC LOCH NESS

  • Admire Loch Ness from the comfort of your coach
  • Look out for ‘Nessie’ - have your camera ready, just in case!
Activity Tour Panoramic Coach Tour
Price£30.00-£40.00
DurationApproximately 4 Hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

This scenic panoramic tour takes you through the beautiful Scottish countryside to the mysterious Loch Ness - one of the most iconic locations in Scotland.

Head from Invergordon, along the banks of the Cromarty Firth, to Drumnadrochit where you will see Loch Ness from the high road above, offering amazing vistas of this dramatic destination. Loch Ness is world famous as the home of ‘Nessie’ and you will have a short stop here, so make sure you have your camera to hand in case you get a glimpse of the elusive monster! Continuing your drive, you will follow the road which runs along the length of the loch. At the water’s edge you will stop at the Loch Ness Clansman Hotel, for more stunning views and photo opportunities.

The return drive to Invergordon will take you along the western shore of the loch and also pass through Inverness – the capital of the Highlands.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This scenic driving tour is suitable for most guests, as it has little walking required at the photo stops. At the Clansman Hotel there is a walk of approximately 80 metres (262 feet) as well as a few steps. All participants must be able to board the coach unaided. The itinerary may operate in reverse order.

 


Loch Ness

PANORAMIC LOCH NESS

  • Enjoy Loch Ness from the comfort of your coach
  • Admire one of the most picturesque parts of the loch
  • Keep your eyes peeled for ‘Nessie’ - have your camera at the ready just in case!
Panoramic Coach Tour
Price£25.00 - £35.00
DurationApproximately 4 hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

This relaxing panoramic tour takes you into the beautiful and mysterious area of Loch Ness, one of the most popular locations in Scotland.

Starting out from Invergordon, drive along the banks of the Cromarty Firth and pass through Beauly on your way to Drumnadrochit, where you approach Loch Ness from high above, offering a fantastic viewpoint of this famous destination. Loch Ness is the largest volume of freshwater in the country and famous all over the world as being home to a water creature by the name of ‘Nessie’, so the legend tells.... Have your binoculars at the ready to catch a possible glimpse of the elusive monster!

Continue through this stunning scenery, driving along the main road running the length of the loch, and make a stop at the Clansman Hotel, located at the loch’s edge. This brings you as close to the water and ‘Nessie’ as is possible on dry land.  Enjoy a photo stop here, at one of the most picturesque parts of the loch. As you return to Invergordon, you will skirt the western shore of the loch and pass through Inverness.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2016 AROUND UK CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU?  This tour is suitable for most guests, as it involves a scenic drive with photo stops and little walking. At the Clansman Hotel there is a walk of approximately 80 metres (262 feet) to the Loch, which has steps. All participants must be able to board the coach unaided. For reference, the tour buses may not have air conditioning or toilets. The itinerary may operate in reverse order.


Panoramic Loch Ness & a Festive Scottish Feast

  • Go in search of the elusive ‘Nessie’
  • Be sure to capture the stunning scenery on your camera
  • Enjoy a delicious Scottish Christmas lunch

 

Price£80.00-£90.00
DurationApproximately 5 1/2 hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Snack includedSnack included

This relaxing panoramic tour takes you into the beautiful and mysterious area of Loch Ness, one of the most popular locations in Scotland and allows you to enjoy a delicious Scottish Christmas lunch.

Head from Invergordon, along the banks of the Cromarty Firth, to Drumnadrochit where you will see Loch Ness from the high road above, offering amazing vistas of this dramatic destination. Loch Ness is world famous as the home of ‘Nessie’ and you will have a short stop here, so make sure you have your camera to hand in case you get a glimpse of the elusive monster. Continuing your drive, you will follow the road which runs along the length of the loch. At the water’s edge you will stop at the Loch Ness Clansman Hotel, for more stunning views and photo opportunities.

As you return to Invergordon, you will skirt the western shore of the loch and pass through Inverness. Here we will stop at a local hotel to enjoy a delicious Christmas lunch and a Scottish dram before returning to your awaiting ship.

 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This scenic driving tour is suitable for most guests, as it has little walking required at the photo stops. At the Clansman Hotel there is a walk of approximately 80 metres (262 feet) as well as a few steps. All participants must be able to board the coach unaided. The itinerary may operate in reverse order. Lunch will include a three course meal with tea/coffee and choice of a glass of whiskey / ginger ale cocktail / small beer / glass of wine or a mineral water.

 


Rogie Falls, Invergordon

ROGIE FALLS & SILVERBRIDGE FOREST WALK

  • Embark on a beautiful and typically Scottish riverside walk
  • Enjoy wonderful views of cascading waterfalls and historic bridges
  • Keep your eyes peeled for local flora and fauna
Activity Tour
Price£35.00 - £45.00
DurationApproximately 4.5 hours|
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking

Embark on a guided walk through the enchanting countryside and discover the spectacular Rogie Falls and Silverbridge Forest.

From Invergordon you will travel along the picturesque banks of the Cromarty Firth and northwards to the Rogie Falls Waterfall. ‘Rogie’ is Norse for ‘splashing’, which aptly describes the tumult of the falls, of which you can gain a commanding view from the sturdy suspension bridge that spans the Blackwater River.

Next, you’ll drive a short distance to the location of your second walk. In the Silverbridge Forest you will follow the dark waters of the river downstream, watching them tumble over giant boulders and through a series of rapids. Some truly beautiful woodland walks surround the river and you will walk around the area in search of flora and fauna. Keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife including red squirrels, deer and the leaping salmon for which this area is famous. A traditional stone arched bridge spans the river at Little Garve, offering you magnificent views of the river and its frothing falls. At this halfway point, you cross the river via the bridge and walk upstream back to the starting point.

Leaving Silverbridge, you will travel on to the pretty former spa town of Strathpeffer, where you can enjoy some time to explore at leisure before heading back to your awaiting ship in Invergordon.

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2016 UK CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THISTOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves approximately one hour and 45 minutes of walking over uneven terrain, therefore it is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. It is essential to come wearing appropriate walking footwear. We cannot guarantee what flora and fauna will be seen. The itinerary may operate in reverse order to that described.

 

SYMBOLS: Strenuous walking, steps at Rogie Falls and on the Silverbridge walk, toilets

 


Seafari, Invergordon, Scotland

SAFARI ADVENTURE

  • Experience an exhilarating trip on a high speed RIB!
  • Capture the highlights of the Cromarty and Moray Firths on camera
  • Go in search of local wildlife
Boat Tour
Price£65.00 - £75.00
DurationApproximately 2.5 hours
Limitationvery limited spaces – per booking essential
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

Keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife as you embark on this RIB adventure.

After a short introduction, you depart Invergordon Harbour and whizz eastwards. Along the way, look for harbour porpoise which frequent the area year-round. Passing the small historic village of Cromarty, on the Cromarty Firth, and then onwards to the Moray Firth, you will pass bird colonies, cliff coastline, WWI and WWII gun emplacements and other points of scenic and historic interest. You may encounter dolphins and, if you are lucky, you may even spot a minke whale. After an exhilarating trip you will return to the harbour and your awaiting ship.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2016 AROUND UK CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour is not suitable for guests with back problems, pregnant ladies as it is an adventure tour and involves waves. There will be a walk of approximately 15 minutes from the ship to reach the RIB, which will be accompanied by the skipper. There will be a height difference from the pier down into the RIB, therefore all participants must be agile enough to board the RIB unaided. The minimum age of participation is 12 years – all children must be accompanied by an adult. Floatation suits and life jackets are provided (please contact us before booking if you may require an extra large suit. Come dressed in warm, practical clothing. An insurance waiver must be signed before participation. As with all animals in their natural environment, we can not guarantee the sighting of any wildlife. This tour may be cancelled at short notice due to weather conditions.


Loch Ness

THE MYSTERIES OF LOCH NESS

  • Enjoy a comprehensive tour to Loch Ness
  • Explore the adventures and myths of legendary monster ‘Nessie’
  • Travel along the Great Glen to the ‘Capital of the Highlands’
Activity Tour
Price£35.00 - £45.00
DurationApproximately 4.5 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Free time includedFree time included

Have your binoculars at the ready to catch a possible glimpse of the elusive Loch Ness Monster!

Starting out from Invergordon, drive along the banks of the Cromarty Firth and pass through Beauly on your way to Drumnadrochit, where you approach Loch Ness from high above it, offering a fantastic viewpoint of this famous destination. Visit the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition Experience, where you can view a fascinating exhibition presentation, passing through the seven themed areas of a journey from the dawn of time to the third millennium. Some sceptics claim the photos are simply pictures of logs or otters, but the lake is so deep and there are still so many unexplored caves and channels, connected to the sea, that nobody can really dismiss it for definite as a myth!

From here you travel a short distance to a Loch Ness viewpoint for a photo opportunity. Continuing along the Great Glen you arrive at Inverness, ‘Capital of the Highlands’, and can enjoy a city tour that takes in some of the more historic sites by the River Ness.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2016 AROUND UK CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Scenic driving will take up the majority of this tour. There is optional walking at the viewpoint and steps to negotiate. The walking at the Loch Ness Visitor Centre is considered easy – the centre is wheelchair accessible. All participants must be able to board the coach unaided. The audio-visual presentation starts at intervals, so you may have a short wait, and the room is dark, so care must be taken. For reference, the tour buses may not have air conditioning or toilets. The itinerary may operate in reverse order. 


Glen Afrric, Invergordon

WALKING IN GLEN AFFRIC & PANORAMIC LOCH NESS

  • Go in search of local wildlife
  • Embark on a beautiful and typically Scottish forest walk
  • Keep your eyes peeled for local flora and fauna
Activity Tour
Price£55.00-£65.00
DurationApproximately 5.45 Hours
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking

Embark on a guided walk through an area of outstanding beauty in the heart of the Highlands.

Travelling from Invergordon you will soon arrive in the pretty village of Cannich, regarded as the gateway to the glens which is home to rare birds, deer and stunning walks.  Your experienced local guides will escort you into the woodland for a pleasant walk through the forest taking, in the spectacular scenery including impressive mountains and enchanting waterfalls. Learn more about the flora and fauna native to this area, along with features on wildlife and local history from your local guide.

Following your walk, you will re-join your coach for the drive to the world-famous Loch Ness where water, forests, moors, mountains and scenic glens combines peace and quiet with an exciting sense of adventure & discovery.  You will have the opportunity to pause by the loch at Drumnadrochit for a photo stop before returning to your ship.

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2017 CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves approximately one hour of walking over uneven terrain, therefore it is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. It is essential to come wearing appropriate walking footwear. We cannot guarantee what flora and fauna will be seen. The itinerary may operate in reverse order to that described.

 


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