If you think you already saw all the beauty of the Highlands by strolling the city of Inverness or cruising the Loch Ness River, then wait until you get to Invergordon.
Invergordon may not be as popular as other cities in United Kingdom, but don’t let that fool you. It is a smaller but beautiful upcoming tourist destination that is worth a visit. You will be surprised by some of the unique things to do and places you can explore at this hidden destination.
You might wish to revisit it someday again, to take a break and relax at Invergordon.
Invergordon in Scotland is just 24 miles from the city center or Inverness, and it is well known in the UK for its private tours. There are taxi tours and bus tours too, but if you want a more personal experience of the place, then we recommend going to Invergordon by hiring a taxi service in Inverness or riding a bus, then explore the town on your own.
What’s there to see?
Here are 5 tours to take places to enjoy in your Invergordon trip which you can finish in 2-3 days.
1. Cruise Tours
Explore the Scottish Highlands without the stress of navigating on this private full day (usually takes 7-8 hours) shore excursion with round-trip transfer from the Invergordon cruise port. In addition to tailoring the day’s itinerary to your preferences, your guide offers conversation and anecdotes about stops along the way, from Culloden Battlefield to Glen Ord Whisky Distillery. This will be perfect if you want to explore Invergordon and the nearby towns at your own pace and enjoy your guide’s full attention.
2. Historic Site Tours
This is usually offered by bus tours. Availing it will save you hours of researching and planning a Scottish Highlands itinerary and go on an action-packed bus tour instead. Starting from Invergordon, travel with ease between dispersed sites including Clava Cairns, Culloden, Loch Ness, Inverness Castle, Urquhart Castle, and Beauty Priory. It’s the ideal tour for travelers with limited time who want to see multiple highlights in a day.
3. Exciting Spots for the Luxurious and Shop-aholics
There are tours that take visitors to some of the best structure sceneries near Invergordon including Dunrobin Fairytale Castle, Millionaire’s View, Dornoch village and gift shops. Dunrobin and its gardens are breathtaking and shopping at the Dornoch village to find something unique to bring home is any lady traveler’s dream.
4. Invergordon Port to Eilean Donan Castle
Scotland surely has tons of castles you should visit and the Eilean Donan Castle is definitely a must-see. This tour is a fantastic road trip heading though Lochcarron towards Kyle of Lochalsh to see the famous Eilean Donan Castle.
As one of the most iconic images of Scotland, Eilean Donan is recognised all around the world. Situated on an island at the point where three great sea lochs meet, and surrounded by some majestic scenery, it is little wonder that the castle is now one of the most visited and important attractions in the Scottish Highlands.
5. Whisky Tours
And like we always say, your Scotland tour will never be complete without tasting an original whisky. Near Invergordon are several distilleries whisky enthusiasts should visit. Three of them are: Balblair Distillery
Founded in 1790, this is possibly one of my favourite distilleries, according to records, this is the fourth oldest distillery in Scotland after Glenturret, Strathisla, and Bowmore, Balblair creates its malt whisky slowly, and it is then matured at the distillery in the traditional dunnage warehouses on earthen floors.
The visitors centre provides a welcoming, relaxed environment in which to enjoy a tasting.
The Dalmore Distillery
Dalmore was one of the first single malts to be exported to all corners of the world. For a period of time through the 60s to the early '00s, it was used as part of a blended whisky. It was then transformed once again, into a prestige single malt whisky. At present, you can taste up to 11 single malts from their core and travel range at £5 per dram. This represents great value as they can retail at up to £175 per bottle!
Now owned by Moët Hennesy, the Glenmorangie Distillery was founded in 1843 with production starting in 1849. Glenmorangie is famous the world over for its whisky with the first exports starting as long ago as 1880. Moving with modern times, the Distillery installed an anaerobic digestion plant in 2017 to process and break down by products such as pot-ale and lees which in turn means the production process is more sustainable. This has removed the need for them to be taken away from the Distillery by tanker for processing elsewhere. A range of Glenmorangie Single Malt Whiskies are available to purchase and try in the relaxed environment of the tasting room.
Where to Stay?
It’s a hotel but its structure makes it an eye-worthy scenery. Kincraig Castle Hotel is a period property with magnificent views, and boasts a central location for exploring the north of Scotland. Kincraig Castle Hotel is set in an elevated position within its own extensive grounds, offering views towards the Cromarty Firth. Originally built in 1800, the bedrooms, guest lounge, traditional bar and dining room all retain most of their original features.
Nearby attractions include Invergordon Naval Museum & Heritage Centre, Invergordon Church of Scotland, and Udale Bay.
How to Get to Invergordon?
The cheapest way to get from Invergordon to Inverness is to drive which costs £3 – £6 and takes 29 min. But the quickest way to get from Invergordon to Inverness is to taxi which costs £45 (saloon car which can accommodate four people) – £57 (minibus which can transport eight people) with Inverness Taxis and takes 29 min.
There is also a direct bus departing from Inverness Bus Station to Invergordon, Park School. Services
depart every four hours and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1h 22m and costs £5 £8 per head.
Enjoy your trip going to Invergordon by traveling privately with your group through a taxi service by Inverness Taxis.