Invergordon Shore Tour
This tour is the ultimate way for cruise ship passengers arriving at the Port of Invergordon to explore the local area, visiting top sights including Loch Ness, Culloden Battlefield, Clava Cairns, Brodie Castle and Inverness. In 2017 we are offering scheduled departures from the Caribbean Princess, Celebrity Silhouette, MS Zuiderdam, MS Konigsdam, Disney Magic and Norwegian Jade. Read on to find out more about the tour itinerary!
Our tour starts in the historic town of Invergordon and journeys along the shores of the Cromarty Firth, where we often spot wildlife, including seals, oyster catchers and herons. The firth also boasts a fascinating naval history and you’ll find out why the US Navy used the local distillery as their HQ during the First World War!
At Brodie Castle we are treated to an exclusive private tour before the castle opens to the public in the morning.* An expert guide will captivate you with details of the Brodie Clan’s legacy; fascinating history, impressive architectural and decorative styles, and a plethora of art and antiques. For further info about why we have chosen to visit Brodie Castle rather than Cawdor (or Urquhart) please read our blog. Entrance to Brodie Castle in included in the tour price and we will spend approximately one hour there.
*On the Celebrity Silhouette tour the castle may be open to the public, although we will still have a private tour
Clava Cairns is an exceptionally well-preserved group of prehistoric burial cairns which were built around 4000 years ago. This Bronze Age cemetery has a whole range of interesting historical structures to explore such as passage graves, ring cairns, a kerb cairn, and standing stones. Entrance to Clava Cairns is free of charge and we will spend approximately 25 minutes there.
The Battle of Culloden was the last pitched battle fought on British soil. We provide a guided tour of the battlefield and afterwards we pick-up lunch ‘to go’ from the cafe.The battlefield tour takes approximately 30 minutes, it is included in the price and lunch is complimentary.
Beautiful Highland Scenery*
Our tour then heads for hills as we travel up into an area not often frequented by other travellers. As we head higher the landscape changes from sheep farms, to forests, to beautiful mountain moorland. Your guide will tell you all about this wonderful landscape and the flora and fauna that thrive here. *On our tours from MS Zuiderdam, MS Konigsdam and Norwegian Jade we shall take an alternative route
Our entrance to Loch Ness is as grand as they come. We catch our first spectacular glimpse of this 23 mile long body of water from above, before heading to the village of Dores on the lesser-visited south side of Loch Ness. It’s an amazing place to take photos, go monster-spotting or, if you’d prefer, relax with a beer, whisky, coffee or soft drink in a traditional loch-side pub. There is usually an opportunity to buy a monster souvenir from legendary Nessie Hunter Steve Feltham (that’s if he’s not out hunting Nessie at the time!). We will spend approximatel 30 minutes at Loch Ness.
A taste of Inverness
In Inverness you will have the opportunity to get out of the coach and photograph three of the most beautiful sights in this historic city; the castle, the cathedral and the iconic River Ness, all of which are just a short walk from the coach. As you drive through Inverness your guide will captivate you with the city’s fascinating history. We will spend around 20 minutes in Inverness.
After a great day exploring the Highlands we take a scenic drive back to Invergordon, travelling through the Black Isle, where there is always a good chance of seeing Red Kite (a beautiful bird of prey). We pass through the villages of Evanton and Alness before arriving back in the port of Invergordon.
The Classic Highland Tour Info
This group shore excursions from Invergordon is competitively priced at £75 per person (US$100 approx). There will be a maximum of 49 places per tour. When you book with us you are booking the following;
- 49-seater coach* featuring AC, on-board restroom and PA system
- Pick-up directly across from the port gates
- Money back guarantee if your ship is unable to reach port
- Free entry to Brodie Castle (worth £10.50)
- Complimentary sandwich and bottle of water (worth £6)
- A company which is number 1, and has over 715 5 star ratings, on TripAdvisor
- A company you can trust; member of Visit Scotland, Invergordon Tourism Alliance, Visit Inverness Loch Ness and The Inverness Chamber of Commerce
- A company which has taken over 5000 guests on shore excursions from Invergordon over the last five years, returning each and every one to the port on time
*Occasionally we use a smaller coach and, if so, we will advise of this below
Please click here to go to our FAQs section, which provides further information on transportation, the tour, your guide and payments and cancellation
Invergordon Shore Excursion Dates 2017
9th May – Caribbean Princess 8.15am – 4.15pm
21st May – Caribbean Princess 8.15am – 4.15pm
25th May – MS Zuiderdam 8.30am – 3.30pm
2nd June -Caribbean Princess 8.15am – 4.15pm
14th June – Caribbean Princess 8.15am – 4.15pm
26th June – Caribbean Princess 8.15am – 4.15pm
30th June – MS Zuiderdam 8.30am – 3.30pm
8th July – Caribbean Princess 8.15am – 4.15pm
18th July – Disney Magic 8.15am – 4.15pm
20th July – Caribbean Princess 8.15am – 4.15pm
27th July – Norwegian Jade 8.30am – 3.30pm
27th July – MS Zuiderdam 8am – 3pm
1st August – Caribbean Princess 8.15am – 4.15pm
10th August – MS Koningsdam 8.30am – 3.30pm
13th August – Caribbean Princess 8.15am – 4.15pm
13th August – Celebrity Silhouette 8.15am – 4.15pm
25th August – Caribbean Princess 8.15am – 4.15pm
6th September – Caribbean Princess 8.15am – 4.15pm
18th September – Caribbean Princess 8.15am – 4.15pm
Please contact us about private coach departures.
So what are you waiting for? Book now for an amazing day out in the Scottish Highlands from your Caribbean Princess cruise ship from Invergordon!
Please click here to go to our FAQs section, which provides further information on transportation, the tour, your guide and payments and cancellation.