We get asked this question a lot, and understand your concerns about missing your ship’s departure, but it is of course in our interests to ensure that our guests are back in time (our reputation is very important to us!) We always ensure that we drop our guests back at port at least one hour prior to departure. We have a 100% success rate and are usually a little early.
Our Invergordon tours are 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 2018 we are offering scheduled Invergordon tours from the Royal Princess, Brilliance of the Seas, Celebrity Eclipse, Disney Magic, MS Zuiderdam, MS Koningsdam and Norwegian Jade. Read on for the tour itinerary!
Our 2019 departures will be announced in September 2018 – watch this space..or contact us to be advised when booking is available
Guaranteed departures, we never cancel tours … ever!
High spec coach with A/C, onboard bathroom and comfortable reclining seats
A separate tour guide and driver on every tour
Lunch and admission fees included!
Free cancellation up to 14 days prior to departure
Free Wifi Onboard
Our Invergordon Tour Itinerary:
Invergordon and Cromarty Firth (1)
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!
Brodie Castle (2)
At Brodie Castle we are treated to a private tour of the castle (where possible, before it opens to the public). 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 is included in the tour price and we will spend approximately one hour there.
*Brilliance of the Sea 30th July does not visit Brodie
Clava Cairns (3)
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.
Culloden Battlefield (3)
The Battle of Culloden was the last pitched battle fought on British soil. Your guide will provide a tour of the battlefield and we will then pick-up lunch ‘to go’ from the cafe.The battlefield tour takes approximately 30 minutes, and is included in the tour price. Lunch is complimentary.
Beautiful Highland Scenery
Our tour then heads for the hills as we travel up into an area not frequented by other tourists. As the altitude increases the landscape changes from rolling farmland, to forests, to rugged mountain moorland. Your guide will tell you all about the wonderful countryside, and the flora and fauna that thrive here.
*On some dates we shall take an alternative (but still scenic) route due to a shorter docking time.
Loch Ness (4)
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 (5)
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.
Black Isle (6)
After a great day exploring the Highlands we will take a scenic drive back to Invergordon, travelling through the Black Isle, where there is always a good chance of seeing Red Kites (a beautiful bird of prey). We pass through the villages of Evanton and Alness before arriving back in the port of Invergordon, in plenty time for your ship’s departure.
Royal Princess Details
We have scheduled two tours for each time the Royal Princess visits Inverness.
The tour times are 8am – 4.30pm for Coach 1 and 8.30am – 4.30pm for Coach two.
Norwegian Jade Details
We have scheduled tours for Norwegian Jade dates throughout the summer and times are 0800 – 1600.
Please check our calendar for scheduled dates.
Brilliance of the Sea Details
Regular tour times are from 0930 – 1700.
On 30th July, when the ship docks at the later time of 1000, the tour will run from 1030 – 1645. Please note we do not visit Brodie Castle on this date.
On 18th May, we have scheduled a second tour which will run from 0935 – 1700. Please select ‘Coach 2’ when booking for this tour. Please note that this additional tour will be run on a mini-coach that seats 28. There is no toilet on this coach but there are plenty stops throughout the day.
Celebrity Eclipse Details
We have a scheduled tour on 8th August which runs from 0830 -1600.
MS Koningsdam Details
We have a scheduled tour on the 9th August which runs from 0830 -1600
MS Zuiderdam Details
We have a scheduled tours throughout the summer which run from 0830 -1600.
Please look at our calendar for scheduled dates.
Disney Magic Details
The Disney Magic docks in Invergordon on 24th August and we have a scheduled tour from 1130 – 1900.
We will be using our brand new 28-seater mini-coach for this tour. Please note that there is no toilet on this coach but there are plenty stops throughout the day.
When you book onto one of our Invergordon Tours you are booking the following:
Comfortable touring 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
Passionate and experienced tour guide, with many 5 star TripAdvisor reviews
Complimentary sandwich and bottle of water (worth £6)
The only Visit Scotland 5 star rated tour operator in Invergordon
Number 1 Inverness tour company, with a 5 star-rating, 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 our Invergordon tours over the last six years, returning each and every one to the port on time
Thank you Gordon!! We had a great tour and you made the whole experience a breeze. We were able to see twice as many sights for half the price of the cruise ship excursions. Great Day!!
After 19 Cruises and numerous tour bus shore excursions, this particular tour was one of the best. Their experience in avoiding the large crowds added to a sense of having a private tour. These guys know their way around the Highlands and know how to provide a great tour. One would be hard pressed to find a better shore excursion. I highly and I mean Highly, recommend this tour.
We were on a cruise and docked at Invergordon and decided on a local tour company for an excursion instead of the Cruise excursion option. Wow Scotland fitted the bill perfectly. They meet you right outside the dock gates so no problem in finding the meeting point. Our tour guide Gordon was excellent and was very knowledgeable. Overall a good option with typical Scottish hospitality and a good alternative option to do excursions.
Fabulous tour and highly recommended for cruise passengers. Gordon was our guide and we were very impressed with his style and knowledge on the tour. The whisky sampling was one of the highlights of the trip and was a great way to finish the tour. The online booking service was a breeze to book with and their communication was excellent. I would highly recommend WOW Scotland again.
FAQs for our Invergordon Tours:
If you’ve any questions about our Invergordon tours you should find the answer by clicking on the relevant section. Should your question not be answered please contact us and we’ll be very happy to help.
Yes – children are welcome on our shore tours and they benefit from a reduced price. Please note that you must purchase a ticket for every child as, even if they sit on a parent’s lap, they officially take up one space on the coach.
For all private and scheduled tours your guide or another member of the WOW team will be waiting at the entrance to the port. For most scheduled coach tours we also have a Port Manager on hand until the tour departure time, and this person will ensure that you get safely on to your tour.
The WOW team are easily identifiable in our branded WOW Scotland uniforms, and generally standing with WOW Scotland flip signs.
Due to parking restrictions at the Port of Invergordon you will have to walk around 150 feet to the bus, which will be parked close-by.
To save precious sightseeing time, your guide will take pre-orders in the morning for a complimentary snack lunch which will be eaten on the coach. The lunch will include: a sandwich (gluten free rolls are also available), a packet of crisps / potato chips and a bottle of water.
You can choose from the following (all are gluten free):
- Savoury cheese (cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, red onion and mixed peppers) on white bread
- Coronation chicken (lightly curried chicken and salad) on brown bread
- Tuna mayonnaise with salad on brown bread
- Ham salad with mayonnaise on white bread
- Char-grilled vegetables (vegan option with no butter or mayonnaise) on brown bread
The lunch is light so, if you feel that this will not be enough for you, please feel free to bring snacks with you, or bring cash to purchase additional snacks along the way (please note that there will be limited opportunities to do this).
On all 2018 group shore tours, including from the Royal Princess, Norwegian Jade, Brilliance of the Seas, Zuiderdam, Koningsdam and Celebrity Eclipse, we visit Brodie Castle, as we are confident that we get the best service and overall experience here. You can read our blog here about why we love to visit Brodie Castle.
There will be limited time to shop for souvenirs at the gift shops at Brodie Castle and Culloden Battlefield, and there will usually be a chance to buy unique handmade ‘Nessie’ souvenirs at Loch Ness.
Yes! 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, and are proud to have been awarded a 5 star rating from VisitScotland in 2016 and 2017 for providing “exceptional” tours.
Also, we have been consistently rated as “excellent” on Trip Advisor (as of January 2018 we had 1034 5 Start reviews) and are proud to be ranked as the number 1 activity in Inverness.
For those who are unsure about booking with a small company, please click on any of the following links for assurance that we are a member of the national tourism body; Visit Scotland and also of the local tourism body; Visit Loch Ness. WOW Scotland has also featured in a number of local and national publications including Wanderlust, Coast Magazine, The Houston Chronicle, The Boston Globe, The Vancouver Sun, Scotland Outdoors Magazine, Scottish Life magazine (Autumn 2013 p 49), German TV programme Euromaxx and the Inverness Courier (our logo has even featured in the Hollywood blockbuster Johnny English Reborn).
All payments are taken through our secure online booking system, which utilises Stripe. We accept almost any debit and credit cards, including American Express.
If your ship is unable to reach port we will refund the full cost of your tour. We know that this is highly unusual, but want to offer our customers the best experience and ensure that you have the confidence to book in advance.
- If you cancel your shore tour up to 14 days prior to the tour you will be refunded 100% of your tour price
- If you cancel your shore tour between 7-14 days prior to departures you will be given a 50% refund
- If you cancel within 7 days days no refund will be given. However, if we are able to re-sell your place then we may be able to issue up to a 50% refund, so please let us know if you need to cancel, no matter how last minute it is.
Unfortunately we cannot make exceptions to these rules, as it would be unfair to treat customers differently.
In order that you do not lose out, if you have to cancel your tour due to unforeseen circumstances, we do strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance with integral cancellation insurance.
If the tour meets or exceeds your expectations then please feel free to tip as it is always very much appreciated. However, please rest assured that tips are not expected in Scotland, so no offence will be taken if you don’t tip. It is worth noting, on coach tours, that the tour guide and the coach driver always pool their tips, sharing them equally, so it is fine to give money to either one of them.
Our terms and conditions can be found here. You’ll find a general overview of our cancellation terms in this FAQ section if you don’t want to read though all the T&Cs!
Due to high demand for our tours, we are unable to secure your booking unless you pay the full amount in advance. That being said, you are welcome to come to the bus stop in the morning and, if there are places available, you can join the tour and pay on board (on some tours it may be possible to pay by credit card, but generally we are only able to accept cash on board).
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 considered it dangerous to travel, then we may have to cancel a tour. However, this is extremely unlikely, and we would do our utmost to accommodate you on an alternative date.
We have scheduled coach tours from many of the cruise ships docking at Invergordon. In 2018 we welcome cruisers from the Royal Princess, Celebrity Eclipse, MS Zuiderdam, MS Koningsdam, Norwegian Jade and the Brilliance of the Seas. Depending on demand, we may be able to schedule tours from other ships too.
We can offer private coach tours from every cruise ship that docks at Invergordon.
From Greenock and South Queensferry we are only offering scheduled tours from the Royal Princess, but may be available for private coach tours from other ships.
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, and are proud to have been awarded a 5 star rating from VisitScotland in 2016 and 2017 for providing “exceptional” tours.
Also, we have been consistently rated as “excellent” on Trip Advisor as of April 2018 1035 out of 1090 reviews rate us as excellent) and are proud to be ranked as the number 1 activity in Inverness.
For those who are unsure about booking with a small company, please click on any of the following links for assurance that we are a member of the national tourism body; Visit Scotland and also of the local tourism body; Visit Loch Ness.
It is advisable to bring some cash (GBP £) on all tours. Credit/debit cards are widely accepted but, in some small shops (or for smaller purchases), cash is the only option.
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 Euros or US dollars.
We work closely with a number of agents all over the world and welcome enquiries from all travel agents. Whilst we are unable to offer travel agent discounts on private tours, we can offer commission on our scheduled coach tours, for those agents who are sending us their clients on a regular basis.
At the moment we only offer tours in English, and we are unable to offer any translation services. This is something which we are working to improve in the future but, for now, hopefully the fantastic Highland scenery can speak for itself!
Yes, lots! Check out our TripAdvisor ratings to see what our customers say about us (we are currently number 1 in Inverness, have 5 stars and have been awarded a Certificate of Excellence – which means we rate amongst the top 10% of TripAdvisor businesses worldwide – every year since we started the business in 2010!)