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Arrive at the Port of Invergordon and allow us to show you the local area and the real Highlands. Journey through the fertile lands of the Black Isle, visit 14th century Cawdor Castle and experience the castle’s sumptuous interior and three beautiful gardens, explore Culloden Moor and learn of the final confrontation of the 1745 Jacobite Rising, enjoy free-time in the thriving highland capital of Inverness before making the scenic journey back to Invergordon port via the shores of Loch Ness.
*Port pick-up and drop-off.
*Live commentary on board.
*Transport by Luxury Land Rover Discovery or air-conditioned 8 seat VW People Carrier.
*Food and drinks.
*Infant seat and booster chair (available on request).
The tour begins when we set off for the Black Isle; a fertile peninsula, surrounded on three sides by expanses of water, with the Cromarty Firth to the north, the Beauly Firth to the south and the Moray Firth to the east. This region is home to a pod of resident bottlenose dolphins which can often be seen frolicking in the Moray Firth. Crossing over the Kessock Bridge we avoid the crowds and travel east for our first stop of the day at Cawdor Castle.
Historic 14th century Cawdor Castle is a unique medieval tower built around the legendary holly tree. This ancient castle, which is home to the Cawdor family to this day, has evolved over 600 years and has been lovingly filled with beautiful furniture, fine portraits, intriguing objects and amazing tapestries. There are three gardens to explore, all gifted with fertile soil, a temperate climate and 18 hours of sunshine during the summer months.
We now travel a short distance to nearby Culloden Moor to learn about the final confrontation of the 1745 Jacobite Rising. It was at this site that following an unsuccessful Highland charge against the government lines that the Jacobite cause was to be abandoned. Ample time will be given to explore the informative visitor centre and to walk Culloden Battlefield to take in the unique atmosphere that this place has to offer. No visit to the Highlands is complete without a stop at Culloden.
This afternoon allows for you to enjoy some free-time in the highland capital. Inverness is a thriving city and boasts many historic buildings in the Old Town that can be appreciated while browsing the city shops or you may enjoy the fine circular walk from Inverness Castle, along the river past St Andrew’s Cathedral, which dominates the River Ness, and through the Ness Islands where you will find anglers casting long lines to leaping Atlantic salmon.
From Inverness, we head south to view the waters of Loch Ness. This is our second largest Scottish loch by surface area but due to its great depth, it is the largest by volume. At its deepest point Loch Ness is 755 ft. before we head north and pass. The return journey takes us through the villages of Evanton and Alness, arriving back in the port of Invergordon, in plenty time for your ship’s departure.
Pick up/Drop Off: We will collect you from the port at 10am and take you back at 6pm
Duration: 8 hours
Included: Luxury 8 seater transport and driver-guide
Not included: Entry fees, lunch, beverages, gratuities
Note: Our day tours are suitable for guests looking to tour for one day only, with return journey to the point of collection. If you are looking for a longer trip with an itinerary to suit you, have a look at our tours page for some ideas and get in touch with us.