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Invergordon Port is located in Eastern Ross and Cromarty, Highland, Scotland. The ships were previously war ships but were converted to cruise ships and oil field support vessels. The town prospered in the early twentieth century due to the oil rigs located in Nigg Bay. Though Invergordon is small, there are plenty of scenic views which surround the port and it is the only port near the Highlands of Scotland. The place had preserved so much history in it which is reflected in the shops, restaurants and best attractions of the place. There are many activities that will contribute to an exciting, fun and worthwhile vacation in one of the best places in the Highlands of Scotland.
 
Invergordon – "the small friendly village with the big Cruise Port".Virtually every cruise line that calls at North European ports, calls at Invergordon at least once a year and frequently more often.With easy access, deep water, shelter and only 5 miles from the open sea, Invergordon has already had liners such as Cunard Cruise Line and Princess dock to showcase the beautiful Highlands of Scotland.Included in the attractions are Cawdor Castle, Dunrobin Castle, Brodie Castle, Loch Ness and its famous monster “Nessie”, Dornoch Cathedral, Inverewe Gardens, Fort George, Culloden Battlefield, Falls of Shin, Glenmorangie Distillery, Royal Dornoch Golf Course, The City of Inverness and many many more.This part of Scotland is particularly suited to active pursuits with golfing, cycling, hill walking, mountain biking, nature spotting and adventure parks all well represented.
Invergordon itself is a small friendly village with a famous mural trail including 11 large coloured wall paintings representing life in the Highlands past and present.
 
Where You're Docked
Ships dock at a pier adjacent to the small town centre of Invergordon. There isn't much to the cruise terminal--it consists mainly of a pier with room for ships as large as the QE2 and the Norway--but the setting is pleasant, and there's a small shop near the foot of the pier where friendly locals were selling whisky, crafts, jewelry, and Scottish food gifts during our visit. A pipe band (consisting of bagpipers and two drummers) serenaded the Silver Whisper's passengers on board and from the quay as the ship departed.
 
Things to Do                
Since Invergordon has so much history in it, there are artifacts that the town officials has preserved. One of the best places to go to is the Naval Museum and Heritage Centre. It is located at the Eastern End of the High Street. You will also see the Natal Garden which was built in 2001. The design of the garden continues to attract many local and international tourists. For arts and painting enthusiasts, Heritage Mural is the best place to visit. It is near the central shopping area. This place displays a series of mural paintings depicting Scotland history and culture. Now if you are a fitness buff, the Invergordon Leisure Centre in Academy Road has exercise machines and other facilities for your fitness need. For entertainment, you can purchase theater tickets to witness Scotland performances at the High Street theaters.
 
It should be noted that these details are not definitive but are intended to demonstrate the range of excursions and activities available to cruise passengers visiting Invergordon as part of a cruise. Please note that, in many cases and with prior arrangement, half day tours can be combined to create full day itineraries. Cruise Scotland cannot be held responsible for the accuracy of this information and all details and tour descriptions should be checked with the cruise line concerned.
 
Walk In Glen Affric
Idyllic Glen Affric is an area of outstanding beauty in the Heart of the Highlands and contains one of the largest ancient Caledonian pinewoods in Scotland. The road into the glen follows the River Beauly which runs to the sea from the glen's picturesque loch. Forget the modern world as you enjoy a walk in this enchanting and peaceful setting. The glen is home to a wide range of habitats and you may be lucky enough to see Scottish crossbills, crested tits, ospreys, roe deer and even pine martens.
 
Cawdor Castle
Cawdor Castle. Shakespeare's (1564-1616) Macbeth was Thane of Cawdor, but the sense of history that exists within the turreted walls of Cawdor Castle is more than fictional. Cawdor is a lived-in castle, not an abandoned, decaying structure. The earliest part of the castle is the 14th-century central tower; the rooms contain family portraits, tapestries, fine furniture, and paraphernalia reflecting 600 years of history. Outside the castle walls are sheltered gardens and woodland walks. Children will have a ball exploring the lush and mysterious Big Wood, with its wildflowers and varied wildlife. There are lots of creepy stories and fantastic tales amid the dank dungeons and drawbridges. If you like it here, the estate has cottages to rent. B9090, 5 miles southwest of Nairn, Cawdor. Admission charged.
 
The 14th Century home of the Thanes of Cawdor is reputedly Macbeth's castle and the site of the murder of Duncan and remains the home of the Cawdor family to this day. Today it is considered to be one of the most romantic stately homes in the Highlands with its fine collection of rare tapestries, portraits, and furniture and lovely gardens and grounds.
 
Dunrobin Castle and Dornoch
Travel north from Invergordon to the picturesque town of Dornoch with its sandstone buildings, beautiful domestic gardens and tiny 13th Century cathedral. Continue on to the fairy-tale style Dunrobin Castle; the ancestral home of the Clan Sutherland and one of the oldest inhabited houses in Scotland, dating back to the 13th century. The stunning formal gardens which run right down to the sea are based on those at Versailles and were laid out in the 1850s. Daily displays of the ancient sport of falconry take place in the gardens.
 
Beauly and Foulis Castle
Beauly is well-known for its lovely flower displays and is home to the ruined 13th Century priory which lies in the heart of the village. Foulis Castle has been the ancestral home of the Munro Clan Chiefs for over 700 years and is where the family of President James Monroe, the 5th President of the US originated. On arrival at the Castle you will be met (subject to availability) by the castle's owners, Clan Chief Hector Munro and his wife, and enjoy a guided tour of their home.
 
Free Time in Inverness
Capital of the Highlands and Scotland's fifth city, Inverness is situated at the north end of the Great Glen and throughout her history has always been an important centre of transport and communication. Today the city is a vibrant, friendly place and there is plenty to do here with all major high street shops, the cathedral, museum and lovely walks on the centrally located Ness Islands in the river of the same name.
 
Scenic Highlands And Whisky
No visit to the Scottish Highlands would be complete without taking in some spectacular scenery and a distillery. Overlooking the shores of the Dornoch Firth, Glenmorangie has been producing malt whisky for more than 150 years. You'll see the various stages of production and have the opportunity to enjoy a dram before continuing your journey to reach Shin Falls where you can stretch your legs and take in the atmosphere of this scenic spot. There is also a visitor centre with a café and a gift shop with items from Harrods of Knightsbridge!
 
Train Travel in The Cairngorms
Pass Inverness as you drive into one of the most beautiful areas of Scotland, the Cairngorms National Park, with stunning mountains, lochs, ancient pine forests and high upland plateaus with habitats similar to the Arctic. Enjoy a trip on the Strathspey Steam Railway which now runs again on the line between Aviemore and Broomhill and then head up to the mountains to take a trip on the 21st century funicular railway which was opened in 2001. Enjoy a snack in the restaurant at the top and keep an eye open for members of the resident reindeer herd.
 
Loch Ness And Historic Castle Uequhart
Loch Ness is rumored home of the legendary "Nessie." Pass through the vibrant Highland capital of Inverness on your way to Loch Ness, one of Scotland's largest lochs and (allegedly) home to the Loch Ness Monster. Loch Ness lies on the Great Glen and forms part of the Caledonian Canal which links Fort William in the west with Inverness in the east. Visit the dramatic ruins of Castle Urquhart: a critical stronghold in its day, situated on a promontory overlooking Loch Ness. The excellent visitor's centre sets the scene before you visit the Castle. Don't forget to keep your eyes open for signs of Nessie!
 
The Black Isle
Travel to the lovely, unspoilt Black Isle peninsula for a trip through scenic fishing villages, farming country and forests.Cromarty is the Black Isle's largest settlement and arguably Scotland's best preserved 17th Century village. The historic Courthouse is home to a fascinating museum and you can also visit the birthplace of Hugh Miller, the geologist, journalist and one of the founders of the Free Church of Scotland.
 
Before returning to the ship, stop in Fortrose, one of the best places to see the dolphins which frequent the waters of the Moray Firth.
 
Urquhart Castle

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

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
Culloden Moor. Culloden was the scene of the last major battle fought on British soil-to this day considered one of the most infamous and tragic of all. Here, on a cold April day in 1746, the outnumbered, fatigued Jacobite forces of Bonnie Prince Charlie were destroyed by the superior firepower of George II's army. The victorious commander, the duke of Cumberland (George II's son), earned the name of the "Butcher" of Cumberland for the bloody reprisals carried out by his men on Highland families, Jacobite or not, caught in the vicinity. In the battle itself, the duke's army-greatly outnumbering the Scots-killed more than 1,000 soldiers. The National Trust for Scotland has re-created a slightly eerie version of the battlefield as it looked in 1746 that you can explore with a guided audio tour. An innovative visitor center enables you to get closer to the sights and sounds of the battle and to interact with the characters involved. Academic research and technology have helped re-create the Gaelic dialect, song, and music of the time. The excellent on-site café serves homemade soups, sandwiches, and cakes. B9006, Culloden. Admission charged.
 
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.

Eating Out
One of the most recommended restaurants in Invergordon is Balti Mahal. It offers traditional Indian food, European dishes, pizza and even burgers. If you want a hearty breakfast with a tasting coffee, you can go to Crazy Horse or Carol’s Café. For your night activities, visit the Commercial Bar in Castle Road and Caledonian Bar in King St.  You can go bar hopping and stay in Shandwick Inn, Ship Inn or Milton Inn for good drinks.
 
Shopping
There are plenty of places to shop in Invergordon. For attractive flowers, visit the Bluebell Florist Ltd. The flower shop offers a wide range of beautiful flowers for your loved ones. If you want a wide variety of jewelries, you can consider going to the Forbes MA at High Street. You can also go to Somerfield Stores Ltd. on the same street for a range of supermarket items for tourists. Shops on this street also offer a variety of souvenir items ranging from crafts, art work, shirts, frames, and so forth.
 
It is no surprise that many tourists seek to find a tartan kilt to bring home. The genuine item can cost start at $480. These kilts are constructed with a heavy grade of wool so as not to blow about in heavy winds. Many of the tourist versions are thin and not authentic.  Highland kilts that are traditional also have a draped component that wraps across the shoulder. Another sought after souvenir is Scotch whiskey. 
 
The beauty of the landscape inspires artists and craftspeople, and you'll find their paintings, ceramics, and wooden carved items in markets and specialty shops. Foodies will love the natural smoked salmon.



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