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SPECIAL TOURS - Clan Tours ~~ Dark Deeds Tour ~~ Diana Gabaldon Outlander Tours ~~ Rosamunde Pilcher Winter Solstice Tour ~~ Specialist Loch Ness Day Tour ~~ The Magical West Tour

Private Shore Excursions from Invergordon Cruise Ships. Guided by authors and experts in Scotland's History, Heritage and Loch Ness

Inverness Tours from Invergordon are small and intimate. Check out Inverness Day Tours on Tripadvisor and you'll find us at the top of the rankings. You are led by experienced local guides who have a fantastic knowledge of the area and it's heritage. While on tour you will enjoy scenery unavailable to larger vehicles. We present Scotland's history, heritage and natural history in a thoroughly entertaining way and our extensive knowledge of all things Scottish will help answer all your questions. We even put a quality slant on the Nessie story! 

These tours cost £420 for up to six/seven people* It is not unusual for all of us to be booked for any cruise ship date so if we are free (see calendar) please make your decision quickly to avoid disappointment.

We offer our standard tours below, subject to ship timings and availability. Once you are booked, and in email contact with your guide, you can discuss personalisation as far as would be practical, to tailor any tour to your individual requirements.

1. South by stunning hilltop drive to Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle. Next you can:-
a – Drive down Loch Ness, lunch in Fort Augustus and return through the hills and glens of the south Loch Ness area. Enjoy waterfall walks, an old churchyard and tiny villages.
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b – Visit Glen Affric scenic area to see the old Caledonian Pine forest, a village lunch, a riverside walk and a visit to a single malt whisky distillery on the way back to the ship.  

2. Visit Fort George – the greatest fortification in northern Europe. Then on to Cawdor Castle – a fairytale location made famous by William Shakespeare’s play – Macbeth. Beautiful interiors and gardens. Then it is the Highland Capital, Inverness, for a guided walk and free time for lunch, exploring and shopping. Then we return to the ship, although if time is still your friend, this can be by way of a couple of the attractions of the Black Isle.

3. A tour based on the locations in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander Books – but an excellent day out even for those who have never heard of the books. Begin at Clava Cairns Bronze Age stones and monuments, then Culloden Battlefield. Onwards through Inverness and along a portion of Loch Ness before heading through the hills to Beauly to visit the 13th Century Priory, take afternoon tea and see a weapons presentation. Finish by visiting Loch Garve, drive by Castle Leod, and then back to the ship.  

4. This tour goes north through Tain, the oldest Royal Burgh in the country (1066). Then we visit the largest Great-House in the north, the enormous Chateau-style Dunrobin Castle. There is also a highly entertaining Falconry display in the beautiful Gardens. This northern tour also gives time in the pretty Cathedral town of Dornoch (Creagan from Rosamunde Pilcher’s book – Winter Solstice). There will also be time to visit either Glenmorangie Single Malt Whisky Distillery or the spectacular Shin Falls waterfall.

WHEN YOU BUY ONE OF THESE TOURS IT IS UP TO YOU TO FILL ANY REMAINING SEATS AND TO COME TO YOUR OWN ARRANGEMENT WITH ANY PASSENGERS YOU INVITE TO JOIN YOU. You can usually do this by mentioning the availability on Cruise Critic or on your cruise ship website. If you wish, we can also offer up your spare seats on our share-a-tour page, our calendar page and asshown in green below

29th May 2015 - there are no seats remaining on a full Outlander day Royal Princess Tour with Ian Deveney under the share-a-tour scheme.

2nd September 2015 - there are 2 seats available on a full day Royal Princess Tour with Hugh Allison under the share-a-tour scheme. Send email for detail.

 For cruise ships we simply pass you the contact details of anyone interested and leave the rest to you.

WE DO OFFER REFUND OF ALL MONIES EXCEPT DEPOSIT IF THE SHIP FAILS TO DOCK AND YOU MISS YOUR EXCURSION.

NOTE THAT OWING TO DEMAND FOR TOP-QUALITY GUIDES ON CRUISE SHIP DATES, EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNTS DO NOT APPLY TO TOURS FROM INVERGORDON CRUISE SHIPS.

Paying a deposit in advance? Many tour operators are also taxis, we are not. We are authors, specialists and are private tour operators who cannot take other passengers or any other driving work if our cruise passengers do not turn up. For this reason we take £90 (just under 25%) deposit when booking and the remainder by card in the middle of the month preceding the tour. (Alternatively, if you wish it all to be paid at once just pay the deposit & balance together at time of booking). On cruise critic we have seen, "we would never pay in advance". There is so much demand on cruise ship days that the best tour operators are the first to be pre-booked. Some operators might work on a cash only basis, but we are a professional tour company with some of the finest guides in the world. See Trip Advisor.You pay in advance for flights, hotels, cruises, shows, and other quality entertainment. Please see us within that category and expect a professional booking and payment system.

 

The River Affric tumbles through magnificent Scots Pine trees. Highland Cow or "Hairy Coo"!

IF YOU WANT THE MOST EXCLUSIVE HIGHLAND EXPERIENCE FROM INVERGORDON CRUISE SHIPS ... THIS MUST BE IT!

If your ship is berthed for 6 hours or less, our cruise ship tours are £255