Invergordon, Scotland

In 1933, an enterprising editor in Inverness enlivened a slow news week with the story of an odd sighting in Loch Ness. The legend grew overnight - and today individuals still scan the dark waters of the Loch for a sight of Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster. Legend goes back as far as the 6th century and insists that the celebrated Loch Ness Monster inhabits a cave beneath the picturesque ruins of Urquhart Castle. Welcome to Invergordon, your gateway to Loch Ness and that area of the Highlands known as the "Great Glen."

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Points of Interest

  • Urquhart Castle
  • Loch Ness
  • Inverness
  • Culloden Moor
  • Cawdor Castle
  • Dunrobin Castle
  • Castle of Mey
  • Dornoch
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  • Urquhart Castle

    The jagged ruins of Urquhart Castle, once one of the largest strongholds of medieval Scotland, is an impressive structure overlooking Loch Ness.

  • Loch Ness

    Loch Ness is rumored home of the legendary "Nessie."

  • Inverness

    This northernmost city in the United Kingdom dates back to the 6th century. The early 19th-century castle, built on the same site of its medieval predecessor, is now a sheriff court.

  • Culloden Moor

    The Culloden Visitor Centre features a state of the art exhibition bringing the battle alive in an immersion film and accounts from genuine characters involved in the events when the British troops defeated Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Highland clans in 1746.

  • Cawdor Castle

    This fine medieval tower house is still the seat of the Earls of Cawdor. Famous as the setting for Duncan's murder in Shakespeare's Macbeth, it offers elegant rooms and magnificent gardens.

  • Dunrobin Castle

    This majestic Castle is one of Britain's oldest continuously inhabited houses, dating back to the early 1300s. Tour the home and its gardens and get a glimpse of the Earls' and Dukes' lives.

  • Castle of Mey

    The late Queen Mother purchased what was Barrogill Castle in 1952. The restored 16th-century estate was her home until 1996. Today, you can tour the gardens, the animal farm and visitor's center.

  • Dornoch

    This seaside resort town boasts the 13th-century Dornoch Cathedral, the Old Town Jail, and the Bishop's Palace, which is now the well-known hotel. It's also home to a world-class golf course.

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Inverness On Your Own

6.5 hours | Invergordon | IN1-185
  • Inverness

Explore Inverness at your own pace. Browse for gifts in Victorian Market, stroll to Inverness Castle. And if you decide to stop for beer, don't forget to say 'Leann, ma 'se do thoil e' (Beer please!).

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Dornoch & Scottish Highlands Drive (Guided in French)

4 hours | Invergordon | IN1-292
  • Dornoch

This tour is designed for passengers who prefer to see some sights from the motorcoach with little or no walking involved. Explore Scotland's northeast coast on a narrated drive that offers Highland scenery ranging from gentle farmland to wild moors. You'll visit the Falls of Shin on a famous Scottish salmon river, stop for photos at Struie Viewpoint, and explore the highland town of Dornoch.

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Dornoch & Scottish Highlands Drive

4 hours | Invergordon | IN1-290
  • Dornoch

This tour is designed for passengers who prefer to see some sights from the motorcoach with little or no walking involved. Explore Scotland's northeast coast on a narrated drive that offers Highland scenery ranging from gentle farmland to wild moors. You'll visit the Falls of Shin on a famous Scottish salmon river, stop for photos at Struie Viewpoint, and explore the highland town of Dornoch.

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Cawdor Castle & Culloden Moor

4.5 hours | Invergordon | IN1-220
  • Culloden Moor
  • Cawdor Castle

Get an up-close glimpse of some Scotland's rich history during a guided excursion that takes your through the Highlands. You'll get to see the 15th-century Cawdor Castle made famous in Shakespeare's Macbeth, and see Culloden Moor, where British troops defeated Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Highland clans in April 1746.

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Dunrobin Castle

4 hours | Invergordon | IN1-215
  • Dunrobin Castle

Explore the Jewel in the Crown of the Highlands, Dunrobin Castle. One of Britain's oldest and continuously-inhabited houses, it dates back to the early 1300s, home to the Earls and later, the Dukes of Sutherland. You'll get to tour the spectacular interior, and stroll the gardens.

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Easy Loch Ness Scenic Cruise

4.25 hours | Invergordon | IN1-605
  • Inverness
  • Loch Ness

Eager monster hunters have scanned the waters of Scotland's most famous lake, Loch Ness, for the world-renowned mythical creature. Take a cruise on the famous waters and learn its history and the tales of Nessie. Have your camera ready just in case you have a sighting! A photo stop is also made at beautiful Inverness Castle. You can look across the River Ness and take a photo of Inverness Castle with its statue of Flora Macdonald and the lovely gardens nearby. Time permitting wander into the cathedral to see the gold icons given to the Bishop of Moray by Czar Alexander II.

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Best of Loch Ness, Urquhart & Cawdor Castles

4.5 hours | Invergordon | IN1-200
  • Inverness
  • Urquhart Castle
  • Loch Ness

Explore Loch Ness, the home of one of Scotland's best-loved legends. You'll tour the ruins of Urquhart Castle once a medieval Scottish stronghold on the shores of Loch Ness, and learn more about 'Nessie,' whose cave is thought to be under the castle.

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Local Connections- Meet the Gardener at Cawdor Castle

4.5 hours | Invergordon | IN1-230

Renowned for its spectacular grounds, Cawdor Castle is one of the country's finest medieval structures. Take an exclusive tour of its exceptional gardens led by a resident for an insider's glimpse into one of Scotland's best gardens as voted by the readers of Garden News Magazine. Then, explore the castle's interior independently.

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Culloden Moor, Beauly & Loch Ness Scenic Drive

8.75 hours | Invergordon | IN1-120
  • Loch Ness
  • Culloden Moor

Experience the history, the beauty, and the legends of the Scottish Highlands. You'll visit Culloden Moor where British troops defeated Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Highland clans, enjoy free time in Inverness, travel past the famed Loch Ness.

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The Queen Mother's Castle of Mey

10 hours | Invergordon | IN1-170
  • Castle of Mey

Enjoy a day of royal adventure as you travel to the late Queen Mother's summer residence, the Castle of Mey. You'll journey through the magnificent Northern Highlands to the shores of turbulent Pentland Firth, the least populated region in the country, tour the castle, then enjoy a delicious lunch.

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Loch Ness, Urquhart & Cawdor Castles

8.25 hours | Invergordon | IN1-100
  • Inverness
  • Urquhart Castle
  • Loch Ness
  • Cawdor Castle

Welcome to the 'Capital to the Highlands.' You'll get to see the 15th-century Cawdor Castle made famous in Shakespeare's Macbeth, and tour the ruins of Urquhart Castle, once a medieval Scottish stronghold on the shores of Loch Ness, it's still the rumored shelter for the legendary creature 'Nessie.'

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Ultimate Urquhart Castle, Culloden Moor & Loch Ness Cruise

8.5 hours | Invergordon | IN1-105
  • Inverness
  • Urquhart Castle
  • Loch Ness
  • Culloden Moor

This tour lets you embark on your own search for 'Nessie,' the legendary creature of Loch Ness. You'll tour the ruins of Urquhart Castle, once a medieval Scottish stronghold on the Loch with a turbulent past. After your visit embark on a cruise of the murky waters of Loch Ness and perhaps see Nessie in the depths. You then drive to Inverness to enjoy a delicious meal before visiting Culloden Moor where on the 16th of April 1746 the last battle on the British mainland was fought changing the Stuart history for ever.

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