Classic Highland Tour from Invergordon
This tour is the ultimate way for cruise ship passengers arriving at the Port of Invergordon to explore the local area, visiting top sights including Loch Ness, Culloden Battlefield, Clava Cairns, Brodie Castle and Inverness. In 2017 we are offering scheduled departures from the Caribbean Princess, Celebrity Silhouette, MS Zuiderdam, MS Koningsdam, Disney Magic and Norwegian Jade. Read on to find out more about the tour itinerary!
Invergordon and Cromarty Firth
Our tour starts in the historic town of Invergordon and journeys along the shores of the Cromarty Firth, where we often spot wildlife, including seals, oyster catchers and herons. The firth also boasts a fascinating naval history and you’ll find out why the US Navy used the local distillery as their HQ during the First World War!
At Brodie Castle we are treated to an exclusive private tour before the castle opens to the public in the morning.* An expert guide will captivate you with details of the Brodie Clan’s legacy; fascinating history, impressive architectural and decorative styles, and a plethora of art and antiques. For further info about why we have chosen to visit Brodie Castle rather than Cawdor (or Urquhart) please read our blog. Entrance to Brodie Castle in included in the tour price and we will spend approximately one hour there.
*On the Celebrity Silhouette tour the castle may be open to the public, although we will still have a private tour
Clava Cairns is an exceptionally well-preserved group of prehistoric burial cairns which were built around 4000 years ago. This Bronze Age cemetery has a whole range of interesting historical structures to explore such as passage graves, ring cairns, a kerb cairn and standing stones. Entrance to Clava Cairns is free of charge and we will spend approximately 25 minutes there.
The Battle of Culloden was the last pitched battle fought on British soil. We provide a guided tour of the battlefield and afterwards we pick-up lunch ‘to go’ from the cafe.The battlefield tour takes approximately 30 minutes, it is included in the price and lunch is complimentary.
Beautiful Highland Scenery*
Our tour then heads for hills as we travel up into an area not often frequented by other tourists. As we head higher the landscape changes from sheep farms, to forests, to beautiful mountain moorland. Your guide will tell you all about the wonderful countryside, and the flora and fauna that thrive here. *On our tours from MS Zuiderdam, MS Konigsdam and Norwegian Jade we shall take an alternative route
Our entrance to Loch Ness is as grand as they come. We catch our first spectacular glimpse of this 23 mile long body of water from above, before heading to the village of Dores on the lesser-visited south side of Loch Ness. It’s an amazing place to take photos, go monster-spotting or, if you’d prefer, relax with a beer, whisky, coffee or soft drink in a traditional loch-side pub. There is usually an opportunity to buy a monster souvenir from legendary Nessie Hunter Steve Feltham (that’s if he’s not out hunting Nessie at the time!). We will spend approximately 30 minutes at Loch Ness.
A taste of Inverness
A taste of Inverness
In Inverness you will have the opportunity to get out of the coach and photograph three of the most beautiful sights in this historic city; the castle, the cathedral and the iconic River Ness, all of which are just a short walk from the coach. As you drive through Inverness your guide will captivate you with the city’s fascinating history. We will spend around 20 minutes in Inverness.
After a great day exploring the Highlands we take a scenic drive back to Invergordon, travelling through the Black Isle, where there is always a good chance of seeing Red Kite (a beautiful bird of prey). We pass through the villages of Evanton and Alness before arriving back in the port of Invergordon.
- Top local tour guide
- 49-seater coach* featuring AC, on-board restroom and PA system
- Pick-up directly across from the port gates
- Money back guarantee if your ship is unable to reach port
- Free entry to Brodie Castle (worth £10.50)
- Complimentary sandwich and bottle of water (worth £6)
- The only Visit Scotland 5 star rated tour operator in Invergordon
- A company which is number 1, and has over 750 5 star ratings, on TripAdvisor
- A company you can trust; member of Visit Scotland, Invergordon Tourism Alliance, Visit Inverness Loch Ness and The Inverness Chamber of Commerce
- A company which has taken over 5000 guests on shore excursions from Invergordon over the last five years, returning each and every one to the port on time
*Occasionally we use a smaller coach and, if so, we will advise of this below
Absolutely! We offer a couple of different private tours of Skye, with the itinerary most similar to the group tour being the Skye Highlights tour.
At the moment, yes. In 2017 the tour will be running between April and October, with dates listed on the calendar
Yes, if you book onto one of our tours then we will run this tour, regardless if anyone else has booked on or not!
We have never had to cancel a tour yet but, if the weather forecast was so bad that we consider it dangerous to travel then we may have to cancel a tour, but this is extremely unlikely, and we would do our best to accommodate you on an alternative date.
If you cancel your tour more than 72 hours prior to the tour departure then we will refund the price of the tour, minus a £10 administration charge per person. If you cancel less than 72 hours before the tour we will be unable to issue you a refund.
Unfortunately we cannot make exceptions to this rule, as it would be unfair to treat customers differently. As we are unlikely to be able to sell your seat within 72 hours of the tour, and as we incur administrative charges when taking your booking and payment, that is why we are unable to issue refunds when requested at short notice.
We offer a reduced rate of £59 for children (16 and under) but we do not offer group discounts as we are confident that £69 per person offers a very competitive price for the tour we are offering.
No, we do not think it is right to include this in the price, even for large groups. If our tour meets or exceeds your expectations then please feel free to tip your guide and/or driver (tips are split equally between the two). However, please note that this is not expected and it is entirely up to your discretion.
Unfortunately we are unable to secure your place unless you pay in advance. This ensures that we do not waste precious time on the day of your tour taking payments.
If you decide not to book in advance, and you just turn up on the day, places will be allocated at 8.30am (0830) on a first-come-first-served basis. (Please note, if you have booked and you do not board the coach before 8.30am (0830) we will not hold the tour for you, and your place may be resold – no refund will be issued).
Our terms and conditions can be found here.
We require full payment upon booking the tour.
Unfortunately dogs and other pets are not able to travel on our tours.
Yes, you should bring cash. As you will probably wish to purchase lunch, dinner and perhaps souvenirs, you will need to bring cash (pounds Sterling) with you. Credit cards can be used in most shops in Portree (please note that American Express is not commonly accepted in Scotland, but Visa and Mastercard should be fine). Unfortunately very few places will accept other currencies such as Euro and US dollars.
Please note that none of the attractions we visit have entrance fees.
At stops such as The Quiraing there is an opportunity to go on short walks so we would ask that you wear hiking boots or, as an absolute minimum, sensible shoes/trainers/sneakers with good grip that are suited to this type of terrain. Also, please bring a waterproof jacket (waterproof trousers can also come in useful if you have them!). Even if the sun is shining brightly when you leave Inverness, they do say that you only really experience Scotland when you see four seasons in one day, so be prepared!
Your guide will most likely be either Gordon Pearson, Sandy Dear or Rob Carr, although occasionally one of our other WOW guides may lead the tour. You can read about all of our guides here– rest assured that we have a fantastic, talented and passionate team, so you will be in for a treat whichever guide you have the pleasure of meeting.
We know that you have a choice of tours, and we are always reviewing our offering to ensure that we are providing the best tour, combined with the best value for money and best customer care, from the minute you land on our website. We are confident that we do this, as we have been consistently rated as Excellent TripAdvisor (as of August 2016 678 out of our 700 reviews rated as us excellent, with 19 rating us as “very good” and just four as “average”). We have also been inducted into the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame, meaning that we have achieved Certificates of Excellence in 5 consecutive years!
For those who are unsure about booking with a private company, please click on any of the following links for assurance that we are a member of the national tourism body Visit Scotland, as well as the local tourism group Visit Inverness Loch Ness.
The quality of our tours is what makes them stand out. We have the best tour vehicle of any tour company, Unlike our competitors, there will always be a tour guide and a driver on the coach, to ensure that the driver can focus on the driving, and the guide can focus on you!
Unfortunately not all of the stops offer disabled access, as some of the terrain on Skye is quite rugged. Also, the coach is not equipped for passengers to remain in their wheelchairs.
That being said, if you are able to get out of your wheelchair at the coach steps and walk onto the coach, there is no reason why you could not enjoy the tour from the comfort of the coach and we will make every effort to accommodate those with mobility problems.
We welcome children over the age of six on our tour, and as such offer children aged 6 – 16 years a lower price of £59 per person. Your guide will ensure that (s)he keeps the kids entertained as much as possible, but it should be noted that approximately eight hours of the tour are spent on the coach, so it may be an idea to bring some toys and games with you.
Unfortunately, due to the duration of the tour and time on the coach, we do not feel that this tour is appropriate for children under the age of six, so the tour is not open to this age group.
UK law states that each passenger must have their own seat and use their seatbelt at all times. Consequently, it is not possible to take a child on your lap. From experience we know that, very occasionally, parents try to bring children on without purchasing a seat. However, we would like to make it clear that this is not allowed and there will be no refund if you are refused entry to the tour for taking children under 6 or those whom you haven’t booked.
The itinerary has been carefully planned to ensure that you get the most out of your day. However, there are factors outwith our control such as traffic flow, road closures and weather that mean on rare occasions we may not be to achieve everything listed in the 12 hour time period. Consequently, we reserve the right to alter the itinerary if necessary, although this will be a last resort.
The vehicle is a well-appointed 34-seater coach, which is equipped with a PA system, air conditioning, reclining seats and an on-board WC. The coach is white with D & E branding and there will be a WOW sign in the dashboard so you know you are at the right place.
|Children (under 18)||Adults||Front Row Seats|
|9th May||Caribbean Princess||8.15am - 4.15pm|
|21st May||Caribbean Princess||8.15am - 4.15pm|
|25th May||MS Zuiderdam||8.30am - 3.30pm|
|30th May||Norwegian Jade||8am - 3.30pm|
|2nd June||Caribbean Princess||8.15am - 4.15pm|
|14th June||Caribbean Princess||8.15am - 4.15pm|
|26th June||Caribbean Princess||8.15am - 4.15pm|
|30th June||MS Zuiderdam||8.30am - 3.30pm|
|8th July||Caribbean Princess||8.15am - 4.15pm|
|18th July||Disney Magic||8.15am - 4.15pm|
|20th July||Caribbean Princess||8.15am - 4.15pm|
|27th July||Norwegian Jade||8.30am - 3.30pm|
|27th July||MS Zuiderdam||8am - 3pm|
|1st August||Caribbean Princess||8.15am - 4.15pm|
|10th August||MS Koningsdam||8.30am - 3.30pm|
|13th August||Caribbean Princess||8.15am - 4.15pm|
|13th August||Celebrity Silhouette||8.15am - 4.15pm|
|25th August||Caribbean Princess||8.15am - 4.15pm|
|30th August||Norwegian Jade||8.30am - 4pm|
|6th September||Caribbean Princess||8.15am - 4.15pm|
|18th September||Caribbean Princess||8.15am - 4.15pm|
|22nd September||Norwegian Jade||8.30am - 4pm|