Invergordon

A springboard for the wilderness areas in Europe
The Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
The Loch Ness lake and its mystery creature

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Invergordon

Lost between truth and legend

When you step ashore from your MSC cruise in Invergordon, you’ll be enthralled by the Scotland’s Northwest Highland region, which covers the northern two-thirds of the country and holds much of the mainland’s most spectacular scenery.
 
You may be surprised at just how remote much of it still is: the vast peat bogs in the north, for example, are among the most extensive and unspoilt wilderness areas in Europe, while a handful of the west coast’s isolated crofting villages can still be reached only by boat.

The only major city, Inverness, is best used as a springboard for more remote areas where you can soak in the Highlands’ classic combination of mountains, glens, lochs and rivers, surrounded on three sides by a magnificently pitted and rugged coastline. Inverness Castle is closed to the public, but the Inverness Museum and Art Gallery offers an insight into the social history of the Highlands, with treasures from the times of the Picts and Vikings.

A shore excursion on your MSC Northern Europe cruise can also be the opportunity to discover Loch Ness. Twenty-three miles long, unfathomably deep, cold and often moody, Loch Ness is bounded by rugged heather-clad mountains rising steeply from a wooded shoreline with attractive glens opening up on either side. Its fame, however, is based overwhelmingly on its legendary inhabitant Nessie, the “Loch Ness monster”, who ensures a steady flow of hopeful visitors to the settlements dotted along the loch, in particular Drumnadrochit.

The first mention of a mystery creature crops up in St Adamnan’s seventh-century biography of St Columba, who allegedly calmed an aquatic animal that had attacked one of his monks. Nearby, the impressive ruins of Castle Urquhart – a favourite monster-spotting location – perch atop a rock on the lochside.

Must see places in Invergordon

  • Inverness

    Inverness

  • Loch Ness

    Loch Ness

  • Cawdor castle

    Cawdor castle

Discover our excursions

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  • CAWDOR CASTLE & CULLODEN BATTLEFLIED

    CULTURE AND HISTORY

    IVG01

    This excursion will begin with a 1-hour coach drive to Culloden for a short photo stop at the site of the important battle that occurred in 1746; the defeat of the Jacobite forces led by Charles Edward Stuart halted the intent to restore the House of Stua
    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adults$72.00Price per person

    • Children$52.00Price per person

  • GRAND DUNROBIN CASTLE & ROYAL DORNOCH

    CULTURE AND HISTORY

    IVG05

    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 count
    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adults$75.00Price per person

    • Children$55.00Price per person

  • LOCH NESS & URQUHART CASTLE RUINS

    CULTURE AND HISTORY

    IVG04

    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
      • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        4:30 h

      • Adults$79.00Price per person

      • Children$59.00Price per person

    • ROGIE FALLS & SILVERBRIDGE FOREST WALK

      NATURAL WONDERS

      IVG09

      Starting from Invergordon to travel initially 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 Strat
      • Limited seats

      • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

        Difficulty Level
        Strenuous

      • Duration
        4:30 h

      • Adults$89.00Price per person

      • Children$62.00Price per person

    • SEA SAFARI & WILDLIFE ADVENTURE

      NATURAL WONDERS

      IVG10

      This thrilling sea safari and wildlife adventure will take you to explore the incredible beauty of the Cromarty and Moray Firths from the best perspective possible: the water. In addition, to turn the fun factor up to the max, you will be boarding a speci
      • Limited seats

      • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        3 h

      • Adults$115.00Price per person

      • Children$115.00Price per person

    • INVERNESS ON YOUR OWN

      SCENIC ROUTE

      IVG08

      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 stunnin
      • No guide available

      • 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.

      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        4:30 h

      • Adults$42.00Price per person

      • Children$32.00Price per person

    • LOCH NESS BY BOAT

      SCENIC ROUTE

      IVG02

      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 ru
      • Limited seats

      • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        4:30 h

      • Adults$89.00Price per person

      • Children$62.00Price per person

    • LOCH NESS PANORAMIC

      SCENIC ROUTE

      IVG07

      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 Be
      • Limited seats

      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        3:30 h

      • Adults$55.00Price per person

      • Children$39.00Price per person

    • GLENMORANGIE WHISKY & ROYAL DORNOCH

      SOMETHING SPECIAL

      IVG06

      A short drive north will take you 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
      • Drink included

      • Limited seats

      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        4 h

      • Adults$69.00Price per person

      • Children$49.00Price per person

    The excursions in the program above are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this program is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise.
    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. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

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