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The charming town of Invergordon is a key port of call for luxury MSC liners on our Northern European and Nordic Cruise itineraries, and is the gateway to the picturesque Highlands.

Invergordon - cruise scenic Scotland with MSC Cruises and explore the Highland heartlands

If you are stirred by the wildly romantic Highland landscapes or love to hear the haunting skirl of the bagpipes, this is the place to come ashore. Heritage and history, romance and landscapes, Scotland has it all. The charming town of Invergordon is a key port of call for luxury MSC liners on our Northern European and Nordic Cruise itineraries, and is the gateway to the picturesque Highlands.

Invergordon is located on the Cormarty Firth in a deep natural harbour and your luxury MSC cruise ship will dock in the modern terminal here. Before you head off for the day, stop to admire the town’s 11 intricately painted murals depicting local life and landscapes. The best way to make the most of your holiday time is to join us on an MSC Cruise shore excursion package; we have day trips that take in key sights and offer great deals on local attractions. Visit Loch Ness and hunt for the fabled Nessie Monster, or journey into the thriving city of Inverness, a great alternative to better-known Edinburgh.

Literature lovers can see their favourite Shakespeare play come to life with a visit to 14th century Cawdor Castle, which features in the dark tale of Macbeth and is still home to the Cawdor family. Other noteworthy monuments in the area include Dunrobin Castle and Brodie Castle, as well as the stunning Dornoch Cathedral, a beautiful 13th century church (and Madonna’s wedding venue!). Visit a tartan-weaving centre and see how Scottish plaid is produced, or one of the many whisky distilleries in the area; there are many opportunities for sourcing quality souvenirs and a token reminder of your cruise vacation in Scotland.

Cruise to Invergordon - UK - Northern Europe - MSC Cruises

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 IVG01 - CAWDOR CASTLE & INVERNESS (approx. 4.5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Limited seat  Cultural  Travelling south from Invergordon, the tour first takes you along the banks of the beautiful Cromarty Firth before reaching Inverness, known as the “capital of the highlands”. A very brief sightseeing bus city tour then follows, with calls at the Gothic-style Town House and Tolbooth Steeple, as well as the pretty, tree-flanked River Ness. You will also have time to explore Inverness on your own. Remaining close to the Moray Firth, which is famed for its dolphins, the tour heads further inland to the village of Cawdor, seat of the eponymous Cawdor Castle. This beautiful traditional medieval castle and residence is closely associated with Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Dating back to 1372, the castle is still in the hands of the Cawdor family. After the visit, you will have time to roam through the beautiful gardens: the larger North Garden with its soft fruits, flowers, vegetables and orchards just as the smaller Paradise, Knot and Thistle Gardens, and an orchard planted with old Scottish fruit trees. The uncultivated garden on the banks of Cawdor Burn (Gaelic for stream) leads into Cawdor Forest. The tour concludes with your return to the ship. Please note : limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English only. Taking photos or shooting videos inside Cawdor Castle is prohibited. This tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair.

Price per person $71.00 Adults $50.00 Children

   


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 IVG02 - LOCH NESS BY BOAT  (approx. 4.5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Satisfy your inner Nessie hunter on this half-day tour to what is arguably the most famous of Scotland’s lakes: Loch Ness. Heading south-west from Invergordon, you will travel along the banks of the beautiful Cromarty Firth via Muir of Ord and pass the ruins of the abbey at Beauly (French for beautiful place) before reaching the wonderful Loch Ness. As Britain’s largest inland body of freshwater, the loch’s murky depths have spawned many lurid tales and sightings of weird creatures, including its most famous legendary inhabitant – Nessie, the Loch Ness monster. You can find out all about the loch’s geology, history and Nessie mythology during a boat trip on the water. Make sure to have cameras at the ready for any monster sightings and to capture the dramatic mountains surrounding the loch. The next leg of the tour is a visit to Inverness, the “capital of the highlands”, for a brief sightseeing bus city tour, followed by a chance to explore at our own pace. The town is full of historic sites, such as the Gothic-style Town House and Tolbooth Steeple, and there are lovely walks alongside the pretty, tree-flanked River Ness. Please note : limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English only. This tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair.

Price per person $85.00 Adults $60.00 Children

   


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 IVG03 - LOCH NESS, WATER MONSTERS & HIGHLAND CASTLES (full day, lunch not included) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Cultural  A great day off the ship awaits you discovering Scotland’s famous Loch Ness, the highland capital of Inverness and two romantic medieval castles on this exciting tour. A scenic route heading south-west will first take you to Loch Ness, the UK’s largest inland body of freshwater. The loch’s murky depths are said to be home to weird creatures, the most famous of which is the alleged Nessie, the Loch Ness monster. Next up is the 14th-century Urquhart Castle, the ruins of which are magnificently situated right on the edge of the loch. After a guided tour of the castle’s modern visitors’ centre, the tour continues to Inverness, the “capital of the highlands”, for a coach-based sightseeing tour and a chance to explore on your own and have lunch (price not included in the tour). The final destination is the pretty village of Cawdor and the 14th-century Cawdor Castle, which is surrounded by beautiful gardens and is approached via a drawbridge. The tour concludes with your return to the port. Please note: limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English only. Taking photos or shooting videos inside Cawdor Castle is prohibited. This tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair.

Price per person $111.00 Adults $78.00 Children

   


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 IVG04 - LOCH NESS & URQUHART CASTLE RUINS (approx. 4.5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Cultural  This half-day tour will take you to Scotland’s most famous lake, Loch Ness, and to the picturesque Urquhart Castle. Heading south-west from Invergordon, you will travel along the banks of the beautiful Cromarty Firth via Muir of Ord and pass the ruins of the abbey at Beauly (French for beautiful place) before reaching the wonderful Loch Ness. As Britain’s largest inland body of freshwater, the loch’s murky depths have spawned many lurid tales and sightings of weird creatures, including its most famous legendary inhabitant – Nessie, the Loch Ness monster. The tour then continues on to the 14th-century Urquhart Castle, the ruins of which sit magnificently right on the edge of the loch and are one of the most photographed scenes in Scotland. After a guided tour at the castle’s state-of-the-art visitors’ centre, the next leg is Inverness, the “capital of the highlands”, for a brief sightseeing bus city tour. You will also have time to explore the city’s historical sites at your own pace, such as the Gothic-style Town Hall and Tolbooth Steeple, as well as walk along the banks of the pretty tree-flanked River Ness. Alternatively, seek out the high street for a spot of shopping before returning to Invergordon. Please note : limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English only. This tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair.

Price per person $77.00 Adults $54.00 Children

   


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 IVG05 - GRAND DUNROBIN CASTLE & ROYAL DORNOCH (about 4 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Cultural  This tour takes you up the northern stretch of the highland coast, passing through the enchanting, historic town of Dornoch and visiting the magnificently located Dunrobin Castle. A scenic drive north from Invergordon offers a taste of the wonderful countryside in this part of Scotland. You will pass through the pretty town of Tain before crossing the Dornich Firth and continuing on via the fishing village of Golspie, where the Duke of Sutherland’s monument can be seen high on the nearby beinn (Gaelic for mountain). Dunrobin Castle dramatically reveals itself at the end of a long, tree-lined drive. The impressive house is the largest in the northern highlands and contains 189 rooms, with a rich collection of fine furniture, paintings, tapestries and objects d’art. Displays include antique household equipment, ceremonial robes, uniforms, arms and a fully functional 19th-century fire engine. You will have an opportunity to stroll in the magnificent park and beautiful formal gardens that surround the castle and enjoy gorgeous views of the sea. The tour also includes a photo stop at the 12th-century town of Royal Dornoch, after which you will return to the ship. Please note: limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English only. The guide will give explanation only outside the Castle; guests will visit the site individually. Taking photos or shooting videos inside Dunrobin Castle is prohibited. This tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.

Price per person $72.00 Adults $50.00 Children

   


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 IVG06 - GLENMORANGIE WHISKY & ROYAL DORNOCH (about 4 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Drink included  A short drive north will take you to through the village of Tain and on to the distillery at Glenmorangie, which aptly translates as glen of tranquillity from Gaelic. The distillery has been producing its highly rated malt whiskies since the 19th century and has long been a global brand with sales all over the world. The fine art of distilling has been passed down through generations of local families that have made up the dedicated workforce. A guided tour will acquaint you with every step of the distillation process, at the end of which you can even try a dram. The next leg of the tour takes you across the Dornoch Firth to the 12th-century town of Royal Dornoch. Surrounded by sand dunes and blessed with an exceptionally sunny climate, this popular resort boasts solid Edwardian hotels, a profusion of trees and flowers, miles of sandy beaches and a championship golf course. The town’s oldest buildings, including an impressive cathedral, flank the spacious town square. You will then return to your ship at Invergordon. Please note : limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English only. This tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.

Price per person $64.00 Adults $45.00 Children

   


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 IVG07 - LOCH NESS PANORAMIC (about 3.5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Take a trip to Loch Ness, one of Scotland’s most popular destinations and the site of an abiding modern monster mystery. After leaving Invergordon, a comfortable coach will take you along the Cromarty Firth, a North Sea inlet, for a first brief stop at Beauly en route to the village of Drumnadrochit, whose elevated position affords spectacular views of Loch Ness, the UK’s largest body of freshwater by volume. But the loch’s greatest claim to fame is its alleged star resident: the Loch Ness Monster, aka Nessie. Thought by some to be one of a small group of otherwise extinct plesiosaurs, Nessie has fuelled the imagination of countless explorers ever since the story broke in the early 1930s. Have your zoom-lens camera ready for a shot of the elusive creature – you’d make history if your photo proved Nessie’s existence. The route then continues along the main road flanking the loch, with more stunning scenery before you reach the loch-side Clansman Hotel – about as close as you can get to the water without needing a boat. As one of the prettiest spots Loch Ness has to offer, this is the perfect place to take some more photos before you return to Invergordon. Please note : limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English only. This tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair. To reach the panoramic viewpoint at Clansman Hotel it is necessary to climb steps.

Price per person $51.00 Adults $36.00 Children

   


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 IVG08 - INVERNESS ON YOUR OWN (about 4.5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Wheelchair and disabled friendly tour - Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.  No guide available  The port of Invergordon is situated only a short distance from the pretty city of Inverness, which dates back to the 6th century A.D. and is regarded as the capital of the Scottish Highlands. A 45-minute coach drive will first take you through the stunning Scottish landscape – green, craggy, untamed – to reach Inverness. While still on the coach, your visit kicks off with a brief and unguided city tour to let you get your bearings, after which a map of the city will be your guide. You will then have enough time to explore the lovely city at your own pace, do some souvenir shopping or relax in one of the many cafés. Among the main attractions of this vibrant university town are the mid-19th-century Inverness Castle at the end of the pedestrian zone, the Inverness Museum & Art Gallery with a fine collection of Pictish stones, wildlife dioramas and historical weaponry, as well as the Old High St. Stephen’s Church, a late-19th-century building constructed in Gothic style. Or take a scenic walk along the River Ness to the so-called Ness Islands or follow the towpath of the Caledonian Canal, both within easy reach of the city centre. The tour will then come to a close with your return drive to the port and your ship.

Price per person $39.00 Adults $27.00 Children

   


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 IVG09 - ROGIE FALLS & SILVERBRIDGE FOREST WALK (approx. 4.5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: Strenuous - Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Starting from Invergordon to initially travel along the shores of the Cromarty Firth, a scenic North Sea inlet, you will then head up to one of the most beautiful spots in the Inverness region, the breathtaking Rogie Falls near the small spa town of Strathpeffer. The sturdy suspension bridge over the Black Water River provides spectacular views of the falls and also forms the starting point of a downstream walk through the Silverbridge Forest, with more lovely views of the river and several rapids. As you make your way through the bosky gloom, your guide will point out some of the local flora and fauna, which may include leaping salmon and red squirrels. You will also cross a traditional stone arched bridge that spans the river at Little Garve – the halfway point of your walk. The trail will then take you back upstream to return to the starting point. Next up is a short drive to the pretty town of Strathpeffer, a popular spa town in its Victorian heyday, where you will have some free time to explore on your own. More stunning scenery awaits you on your return journey to your ship, which brings your tour to a restful close. Please note : limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English only. This tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.

Price per person $85.00 Adults $60.00 Children

   


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 IVG10 - SEAFARI & WILDLIFE ADVENTURE (approx. 3 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  This thrilling seafari and wildlife adventure will take you to explore the incredible beauty of the Cromarty and Moray Firths from the best perspective possible: the water. And to turn the fun factor up to the max, you’ll be boarding a special high-speed RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat). Fast and nimble, this is an excellent craft on which to see all the key sights and observe the varied wildlife. Each of these tours is unique and as you travel, an experienced skipper and knowledgeable guide will provide a wealth of intriguing information and amusing anecdotes to entertain you. After a short introduction, the tour starts from Invergordon harbour and will then see you speed your way to the small historical village of Cromarty. As you go, be sure to watch out for marine mammals such as dolphins and harbour porpoise (a smaller relative of the dolphin), which are frequent visitors to the area throughout the year, as well as minke whales, which only come during the warmer summer months. Then, as you head towards the Moray Firth, you will pass bird colonies, coastal cliffs with sheer drops to the water, old defences dating back to WWI and WWII as well as several other points of scenic and historical interest. This seafaring tour comes to a close with your return to the port of Invergordon and your ship. Please note: this tour is subject to weather conditions; wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed. This tour is not suitable for pregnant women or guests with mobility/back problems or who are seriously overweight. The skipper of the boat will offer a commentary during the tour in English.

Price per person $117.00 Adults $117.00 Children

   


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Shore Excursions programs and Itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour. Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, It is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment.