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Essential Collection

Loch Ness and Historic Urquhart Castle

Access from: Invergordon


Key info

  • Tour ID: 11197
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Pick up point: ​Invergordon Port
  • Activity level: Moderate
  • Optional extras available

Top highlights

  • ​Loch Ness
  • Urquhart Castle
  • Beauly

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Key info

  • Tour ID: 11197
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Pick up point: ​Invergordon Port
  • Activity level: Moderate
  • Optional extras available

Top highlights

  • ​Loch Ness
  • Urquhart Castle
  • Beauly

Itinerary

Itinerary

Invergordon to Beauly
Beauly Priory Visit
Drive to Urquhart Castle
Urquhart Castle/Refreshment Stop
Urquhart Castle to Inverness
Inverness Free Time
Inverness to Invergordon
NB The below times can be changed to suit your cruise itinerary.



When does my tour start?

Morning tours generally commence between 9 am and 10 am this depends on your ships porting times and will be adjusted accordingly.

When do I return to port after my tour/excursion?

The tour is 6 hours in length and you will be returned in plenty of time for your cruise ship departure.

All tour times are based on Shore time (i.e. local time, - not ship time)

Tour Operates: When Cruise Ship is in Port. (Not suitable for Embarkation/Disembarkation Days)

You will be met at the Port of Invergordon by your English Speaking Driver/Guide.

Your tour will start with a drive through the scenic Highlands including Beauly, with its stunning scenery.  There will be plenty of Photo opportunities here.

You will then head towards the infamous Loch Ness for a chance to glimpse the Loch Ness Monster (perhaps!). Your first visit will be to the wonderful Urquhart Castle: a critical strategic stronghold in the highlands, positioned on the banks of Loch Ness, which would have been a main route through the Great Glen of the highlands.  Its chequered history came to a dramatic demise in 1692 when the castle was blown up to stop it falling into Jacobite hands!

What remains are picturesque and impressive ruins, surrounded on three sides by the cold deep waters of Loch Ness.

Visit the Castle to learn of its dramatic history that dates back in written records to the 1200s, but in archaeology and folklore right back to the Iron Age and the Picts. Spend some time exploring at your leisure, souvenir shopping or taking wonderful photographs to savour those memories.

You will then take a scenic drive back to Invergordon in plenty of time to meet your ship

Itinerary

  • Invergordon to Beauly
  • Beauly Priory Visit
  • Drive to Urquhart Castle
  • Urquhart Castle/Refreshment Stop
  • Urquhart Castle to Inverness
  • Inverness Free Time
  • Inverness to Invergordon

Entrance tickets to Urquhart Castle are included within the tour price.  

This tour is scheduled to depart in the morning from the Port of Invergordon and will be adjusted to suit your cruise ship timings.

We recommend our customers to take a jacket with them as the highlands can sometimes drop in temperature

Plus, it is advisable to always wear comfortable and suitable shoes for walking.

Vehicle Type:

  • Air Conditioned Coach/Mini Coach
  • Full details

    Key info

    • Tour ID: 11197
    • Duration: 6 hours
    • Pick up point: ​Invergordon Port
    • Activity level: Moderate
    • Optional extras available

    Top highlights

    • ​Loch Ness
    • Urquhart Castle
    • Beauly

    Itinerary

    Itinerary

    Invergordon to Beauly
    Beauly Priory Visit
    Drive to Urquhart Castle
    Urquhart Castle/Refreshment Stop
    Urquhart Castle to Inverness
    Inverness Free Time
    Inverness to Invergordon
    NB The below times can be changed to suit your cruise itinerary.



    When does my tour start?

    Morning tours generally commence between 9 am and 10 am this depends on your ships porting times and will be adjusted accordingly.

    When do I return to port after my tour/excursion?

    The tour is 6 hours in length and you will be returned in plenty of time for your cruise ship departure.

    All tour times are based on Shore time (i.e. local time, - not ship time)

    Tour Operates: When Cruise Ship is in Port. (Not suitable for Embarkation/Disembarkation Days)

    You will be met at the Port of Invergordon by your English Speaking Driver/Guide.

    Your tour will start with a drive through the scenic Highlands including Beauly, with its stunning scenery.  There will be plenty of Photo opportunities here.

    You will then head towards the infamous Loch Ness for a chance to glimpse the Loch Ness Monster (perhaps!). Your first visit will be to the wonderful Urquhart Castle: a critical strategic stronghold in the highlands, positioned on the banks of Loch Ness, which would have been a main route through the Great Glen of the highlands.  Its chequered history came to a dramatic demise in 1692 when the castle was blown up to stop it falling into Jacobite hands!

    What remains are picturesque and impressive ruins, surrounded on three sides by the cold deep waters of Loch Ness.

    Visit the Castle to learn of its dramatic history that dates back in written records to the 1200s, but in archaeology and folklore right back to the Iron Age and the Picts. Spend some time exploring at your leisure, souvenir shopping or taking wonderful photographs to savour those memories.

    You will then take a scenic drive back to Invergordon in plenty of time to meet your ship

    Itinerary

    • Invergordon to Beauly
    • Beauly Priory Visit
    • Drive to Urquhart Castle
    • Urquhart Castle/Refreshment Stop
    • Urquhart Castle to Inverness
    • Inverness Free Time
    • Inverness to Invergordon

    Entrance tickets to Urquhart Castle are included within the tour price.  

    This tour is scheduled to depart in the morning from the Port of Invergordon and will be adjusted to suit your cruise ship timings.

    We recommend our customers to take a jacket with them as the highlands can sometimes drop in temperature

    Plus, it is advisable to always wear comfortable and suitable shoes for walking.

    Vehicle Type:

    • Air Conditioned Coach/Mini Coach
  • Essential information

    Included in this tour

    • Air-Conditioned Transportation
    • Professional English Speaking Guide
    • Entrance Tickets to Urquhart Castle
    Activity Level Scale: 3
    1 - Easy going
    2 - Light Walking
    3 - Walking up to 2km which may involve steps and Inclines
    4 - Quite Strenuous with walking, steps and Inclines
    5 - Hard Physical Activity
    We recommend that you bring a jacket with you as the Highlands can sometimes experience a drop in temperature. Please also bring an umbrella, and wear comfortable footwear for this excursion as it involves some walking on uneven ground, inclines and steps.
    The local currency is the British pound (GBP).
    The tour includes travel on air-conditioned transportation, accompanied by an English-speaking professional tour guide.
    Wheelchair Access: Fold-up wheelchairs are permitted - please inform us upon booking in order for us to make the necessary arrangements. This tour has good wheelchair access with lifts and wheelchair-friendly paths, though there is no access to the Great Tower or high buildings or ruins.
    Please note: If you have an electronic scooter contact our guest service team to see if we can accommodate this in the transportation.
    There are no toilet facilities on the coach but they are available at Loch Ness Visitor Centre & Urquhart Castle.

    Joining instructions

    Clients will be met by a Cruising Excursions representative at the port of Invergordon or, if you arrive on a tender vehicle, you will be met by a representative as you come off your tender.
    If you arrive earlier than 15 minutes before the start time of the tour, then please exit the main gate and wait at the sign that is in the ground to the right of the gate.
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