Our North Tour from Invergordon Port is the ultimate day tour for cruise passengers who wish to experience the undiscovered gems of the Highlands as part of a shore excursion. Your local driver and guide will share their insight and local knowledge with you as they escort you on your own private tour from Invergordon into the North of the Highlands.
We go off the beaten track, starting from your cruise ship’s berth at Invergordon we visit Struie Hill and Millionaire’s View, the Falls of Shin, and the breathtaking Dunrobin Castle. We drop in on the Royal Burgh of Dornoch and it’s Cathedral, before rounding off our tour with a visit to the famous Glenmorangie Distillery. Finally, we head back to Invergordon cruise port in good time to re-join your ship.
Enjoy stunning panoramic views of the Dornoch Firth, Sutherland and beyond.
Falls of Shin
The falls are one of the best places to view Salmon leaping upriver during the summer months.
Dunrobin is the most northerly great house in the British Isles.
A small town famed for its natural beauty and deep local history.
Dornoch Cathedral, in use since 1239, is a major link to Scotland’s religious past and an important fixture of the town.
The Distillery is one of the most well-known in Scotland, its’ name famously derived from the Gaelic Gleann Mor na Sith “the vale of tranquility.”
A Note To Remember:
We want you to have the best experience of the Highlands, which is why our tours are flexible and 100% customisable. All of the locations listed on our tours are intended to be optional, and you can choose whether to add, remove or extend locations based on your own personal preference. Contact us if you have any questions or special tour requests.
Pick Up & Drop Off Information
We want you to get the very best out of your tour, which is why all of our tours are flexible, customisable and tailored to you. We don’t rush you along — instead, we always make sure you get to experience your Highland tour on your own terms.
Your friendly local driver and guide will pick you up from the ferry port at Invergordon or from an agreed pick-up point. There will be plenty of time to discuss the tour, route, and attractions prior to departing.
The tour will last approximately 6 hours, after which you will be dropped off at the port in good time to re-join your ship.
Full Tour Description
Our tour begins from Invergordon Port, from where we travel north, through beautiful Highland countryside towards Struie Hill and it’s viewpoint locally referred to as “Millionaire’s View.”
From here you can enjoy stunning panoramic views of the Dornoch Firth, Sutherland and beyond. This location offers a superb opportunity for some dramatic shots of the Highland landscape, as well as providing a glimpse of things to come during the rest of our tour.
Falls of Shin
From Millionaire’s View, we travel a little further North, passing the inner tip of the Dornoch Firth and following the Kyle of Sutherland towards the Falls of Shin. The falls are one of the best places to view Salmon leaping upriver; in the summer months, they can be seen trying again and again to best the waterfall.
Aside from the falls, the area also boasts a number of attractions such as forest trails, a restaurant and gift shop, mini golf and a children’s play park, providing an excellent opportunity to stretch your legs and take in the pure air the Highlands is famous for.
From the Falls of Shin we now move east towards the coast until we reach Dunrobin Castle and gardens. Dunrobin is the most northerly great house in the British Isles, and looks like a fairytale castle owing to its French chateau-style. The castle has a history that stretches back as far as the 1300s, parts of the building still date back to this time such as the central keep, now only visible from the courtyard; later extensions now completely envelop the original structure.
Visitors may wish to see the castle’s museum, which contains a vast collection of animal trophies once gifted to the Sutherland family who called Dunrobin Castle home. The museum also contains important historical artefacts such as ancient Pictish stones, as well as pieces from further afield such as a temple bell from Tibet. The museum is vast and viewing the collection in its entirety would almost require a tour of its own.
A major attraction of Dunrobin Castle is the falconry demonstrations that take place twice daily during the summer months. Here the castle’s Falconer demonstrates how birds of prey hunt, as well as the ancient art of falconry – using trained birds to catch prey destined for the dinner table. Visitors will see golden eagles and peregrine falcons in action, as well as other species of bird such as eagle owls. If seeing a falconry display is on your “bucket list” then Dunrobin Castle is a must-visit.
Dornoch & Dornoch Cathedral
From Dunrobin Castle it’s a short journey south towards the Royal Burgh of Dornoch, a small town famed for its natural beauty and deep local history.
There are many things to do in Dornoch, including visiting the strikingly beautiful Dornoch Beach, with views over the Moray Firth and beyond. Dornoch Cathedral, in use since 1239, is a major link to Scotland’s religious past and an important fixture of the town. The quaint town centre is full of character, filled with unique shops and cafes, and dominated by the castle which dates back to the 1400s, now converted into a popular hotel.
Many travellers visit Dornoch and the surrounding area every year, attracted by the famous Royal Dornoch Golf Club. Golf lovers may be interested to learn more about the history of course, with evidence of the game being played here as far back as 1616.
After Dornoch we move south, crossing the Dornoch Firth and passing through spectacular Highland landscapes before we reach Glenmorangie Distillery.
The Distillery is one of the most well-known in Scotland, its’ name famously derived from the Gaelic Gleann Mor na Sith “the vale of tranquility.” The distillery has made it’s award-winning single-malt whisky the same way for the past 175 years using techniques passed down by the legendary “Men of Tain,” local craftsmen who have dedicated themselves to the distillery for generations. Glenmorangie boasts the tallest stills in Scotland, kept in a large room dubbed the “Highland Cathedral.”
Our tour will include access to the distillery and its warehouses as we learn from expert guides about the whisky-making process, who will walk you through the early stages of mashing and fermentation to distilling and maturation. Learn more about what makes the distillery’s flagship whisky special before tasting a dram of the oak-bourbon aged Glenmorangie Original, a perfect ending to our epic Northern tour!
Terms & Conditions, Cancellations
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Changes By Us
While the company shall do everything reasonably possible to provide your tour itinerary, we reserve the right to make any changes i.e if the vehicle is not available, we will supply a replacement vehicle and tour guide for your party. In the unlikely case of a breakdown, we will endeavour to get you back to your destination.
Changes By You, The Client
If you wish to change any part of your confirmed booking, you must inform us as soon as possible in writing, this should be done by the lead passenger named on the booking form. Whilst we do our best to assist you we cannot guarantee that we will be able to meet your request.
Cancellation By Us, Your Tour Provider
We will only cancel a tour due to unavoidable circumstances which are out of our control or which might jeopardize your safety. If we cancel your tour we will notify you as soon as possible and will refund you in full.