Our Classic Highland tour is the best way for cruise ship passengers at the Port of Invergordon to explore the local area, visiting top sights including Loch Ness, Culloden Battelfield, Clava Cairns, Cawdor Castle and Inverness. We are offering scheduled departures from all Royal Princess ships in 2015 and will also run this tour on demand for any other ship docking at Invergordon (contact us for details).
Our tour starts in the historic town of Invergordon and journeys along the shores of the Cromarty Firth, where we often spot seals and other wildlife, including 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 in the First World War!
In Inverness your guide will take you on our much-loved walking tour of this wonderful city, providing a 60 minute historic overview, interspersed with amusing stories and anecdotes. Of course, you may prefer to explore Inverness yourself, enjoy a pint of local ale in the city’s oldest pub or purchase some traditional Highland souvenirs in one of the many independent shops. The walking tour is included in the tour price.
We will head to to the lesser-visited south side of Loch Ness to get the best possible view of this world-famous body of water, where you will hopefully get the chance 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 30 minutes monster-spotting or, if you’d prefer, there is a traditional loch-side pub where you can relax with a beer, whisky, coffee or soft drink.
The Battle of Culloden was the last pitched battle fought on British soil. We provide a 30 minute guided tour of the battlefield and, afterwards, there is a chance to pick-up lunch ‘to go’ from the visitor centre’s cafe, which we really recommend.The battlefield tour is included in the price but lunch is payable locally.
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 20 minutes there.
Cawdor Castle is perhaps best known as the home of Macbeth in Shakespeare’s famous play and is still lived in today by Lady Cawdor. We will spend 1.5 hours here to give you the ample time to look around and soak up the atmosphere. Many of our customers have asked us why we visit Cawdor Castle rather than Urquhart Castle – this useful blog will provide the answer for you! Entrance to Cawdor Castle in included in the tour price.
After a great day exploring the Highlands we take a scenic drive back to Invergordon traveling 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 £69 per person (US$115 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
- A company which has over 250 5 star ratings on Trip Advisor
- A company you can trust; member of both Visit Scotland, Invergordon Tourism Alliance and Inverness Tourism BID
- Pick-up close to the pier
- Free entry to Cawdor Castle (worth £10)
- Money back guarantee if your ship is unable to reach port (£10 non-refundable deposit per person)
Please click here to go to our FAQs section, which provides further information on transportation, the tour, your guide and payments and cancellation
Invergordon Group Shore Excursion Dates 2015
Royal Princess – 17th May, 29th May, 10th June, 4th July, 12th July, 28th July, 9th Aug, 21st Aug, 2nd Sept
Azmara Quest 14th July – Please contact us about group and private coach departures
Celebrity Silhouette 20th July – Please look at our Celebrity Silhouette Shore Tour page
All other ships – Please contact us about group and private coach departures
*Discount valid on pre-scheduled group shore tours booked before end of February 2015
So what are you waiting for? Book now for an amazing day out in the Scottish Highlands from your Royal Princess cruise ship from Invergordon!Book your group shore excursion now!
Please click here to go to our FAQs section, which provides further information on transportation, the tour, your guide and payments and cancellation.