Beauly, Urquhart Castle, Loch Ness, Inverness, Cawdor Castle
We'll depart Invergordon through flower-filled Alness, then continue onwards to Dingwall and Beauly, stopping to visit the historic ruins of the mediaeval priory. Over the heather-clad Highlands to Urquhart Castle which stands in a commanding position on a promontory overlooking Loch Ness.
We next take a scenic drive along the shore of Loch Ness to Inverness, the Capital of the Highlands, for some opportunities for shopping and/or sightseeing.
We continue to Cawdor Castle, a name familiar to those who have seen or studied Shakespeare's Macbeth. We then drive to Clava Cairns prehistoric burial chambers then past Culloden Battlefield and return via the Black Isle to your ship at Invergordon.
This tour takes around seven hours and it can be amended to fit your requirements.
This tour is designed to show the best of the highlands but as with all tours can be amended to suit any specific requirements
Leaving Invergordon we travel to the village of Alness on th Dingwall the original capital of the Highlands on to Beauly and it's Priory ruins up over the mountains to Urquhart Castle on the shores of Loch Ness
Next on to Inverness for lunch and shopping then out to Cawdor Castle and it's gardens before returning to your ship
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Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I shall meet you outside the port gates across the road with a name board at 09.00
End location: Tour guides are not allowed inside the port area so I shall drop you off as close as I can to the port gates (usually within 50 metres)at approximately 15.00
Duration: 7 hours
This is a approximate duration however if you want to extend the tour to visit other attractions this will incur a further charge of £40.00 per hour for the group not per person
The vehicle used will be a 2018 Ford Transit minibus air conditioned with leather seating for eight passengers, complete with microphone linked to speaker system
Estimated Local Cash Needed
25 GBP - Admissions to castles and refreshments throughout the day
I do not accompany you inside castles distillery etc but will give you an insight as to what to look out for and give directions to entry points
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A sold-out ship's shore excursion led us to John McCormack and what a stroke of luck that was! We had a wonderful day touring the Highlands with John. He was accommodating and adaptable--our ship docked at a different pier and we had to change the meeting location at the last minute. He was also knowledgeable and entertaining--we enjoyed conversing with him. Also, we covered a lot of ground during our 6-hour tour. Highly recommend John!