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$53.14 Day Trips & Excursions

Black Isle, Loch Ness and Scotch Whisky Tour from Inverness

Depart Inverness by minivan and travel with your guide to the heart of Scotland’s dramatic Highlands. The first stop of the day is at the banks of Loch Ness to try and catch a sight of the fabled Loch Ness monster. As you stroll through the village of Drumnadrochit and around the gorgeous shores of this famous loch (lake) surrounded by flora and fauna, you’ll soon realize that there’s more to Loch Ness than just a monster! Next you’ll head to the nearby town of Beauly for lunch (own expense) and to have a look around. The name of the town comes from the French beau lieu meaning ‘beautiful place,’ and you’ll find it to be just that while you explore its charming streets at leisure. The town is home to the legendary Glen Ord Whisky Distillery, and you’ll visit this next with your guide. While touring the cellars and distillery itself, you’ll see the whisky workers creating their flagship product – a 12-year-old single malt whisky – and you’ll be given a wee dram to sample before leaving. Our next stop of the day is in Cromarty, a picturesque village where time feels like it’s truly standing still. Enjoy a leisurely walking tour around its quaint streets, seeing cute fisherman’s cottages and houses with typical Scottish crow-stepped gables. Heading west, you’ll venture along a stunning stretch of the Highlands known as the Black Isle, an area of land that’s actually a peninsula and named for its association with the dark arts during medieval times. Hear tales like this and more from your friendly guide as you journey deep into the Black Isle’s beautifully barren countryside. Continue traveling by minivan through the pretty villages of Rosemarkie and Fortrose, and then stop for a walk along a ridge known as Chanonry Point. Jutting out into the sea at Moray Firth, the ridge is widely acknowledged as the best place in Britain for see dolphins – home to a community of some 130 bottleneck dolphins. After dolphin spotting to your heart’s content, your tour continues back to Inverness.

$356.40 Day Trips & Excursions

3-Day Orkney Explorer - Small Group Tour from Inverness

Day 1:After an early start at 08.00, you travel north through the Black Isle, past the imposing Dunrobin Castle, before crossing the Pentland Firth at approximately 13.00 to the Orkney Isles. After arriving at approximately 14.00, you will visit the west of the island, including Italian Chapel and Churchill Barriers. You stay in Kirkwall, the modern-day capital of Orkney, for two nights.Day 2: Today is your chance to explore the modern and ancient wonders of this fantastic island; a land of contrasts, where fertile green pastures are fringed by shores of golden sands washed by waters of the North Sea and Atlantic Ocean. Highlights include a visit to Skara Brae at approximately 12.00, where you can enjoy lunch. Then it's on to the mystical prehistoric stone circle at Brodgar at approximately 15.30, before visiting the standing stones of Stenness, and Maeshowe, where in the 12th century the Vikings left one of the largest collections of Norse runic inscriptions. You will arrive back into Kirkwall at approximately 18.00.Day 3: You'll have your last chance to grab some gifts for friends and family, and visit the local cathedral in Kirkwall. And after a ferry back to the mainland at approximately 11.00, you will can have lunch at John O'Groats at approximately 12.30. Then we travel through the history-soaked regions of Caithness and Sutherland. You’ll find out about the highland clearances ,a world-changing period in Scotland’s dark history, and get a glimpse of some of Scotland’s most remote fishing villages. We arrive back in Inverness early evening at approximately 19.00.

$855.36 Shore Excursions

Shore Excursion - Invergordon - Loch Ness and Cawdor Castle

Meet and greet at the pier gates 08:00-08:30am We will set off towards Loch Ness ahead of the ships own tours. We start by driving through the Black Isle countryside to the scenic village of Beauly for a photo stop at the ruins of the 12th century Beauly Priory. Just a 10-15 minute stop. Back on the road again through the highland countryside as we climb through Glen Convinth, before the steep descent toward Drumnadrochit and Loch Ness You can visit Urquhart Castle ruins on foot, on the banks of Loch Ness, or we can offer a cruise on Loch Ness and see Urquhart Castle from the waters of the Loch, rather than joining the hundreds of others from the ship on dry land. (if you would like to take the cruise, please let us know in advance so we can book seats for you. Tickets are not included in our fare). After either of the above we have a quick rest stop at the Clansman Hotel for a visit to the gift shop, a refreshment or just the restrooms.From here we will drive up the side of Loch Ness to Inverness, and after a Panoramic tour, we head east 10 miles to Cawdor Castle.Cawdor Castle, magical name, romantically linked by Shakespeare with Macbeth. A superb fairy-tale Castle, and just what every visitor is looking for Scottish history that you can touch and see and sense for yourself. Cawdor Castle is not another cold monument, but a splendid house and the home of the Cawdor family to this day. The group can have lunch in the Castle restaurant, and then wander round the castle and formal gardens at your leisure before returning to the vehicle at an agreed time, to start our journey back to the ship On route we pay a visit to Clava Cairns, prehistoric burial grounds which are worth seeing and it’s on route to our last photo stop, Culloden Moor Culloden Moor is the site of the last battle on Scottish soil. The Jacobite rebellion of 1745 ended here on 16th April 1746, with the defeat of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobite's. After all this, its time to head back to the port, so you can re-join the ship.

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