Silversea Luxury Cruises To INVERGORDON (Highland)

INVERGORDON (Highland)

Promising epic Highlands scenery and monstrous lochs, Invergordon welcomes you to the heart of Scotland's land of castles, stories and scenery. Taste the prized Scottish gold in a glass, as you swirl and sample the produce of history-rich distilleries, or lace up your hiking boots to explore the Great Glen's wild mountains and green and gold blotched moorlands. Sleepy Invergordon provides a charming welcome ashore, and you'll immediately enjoy stunning views across the widespread of the Firth. View more

Loch Ness is a massive expanse of still water, surrounded by emerald, fortress-studded hills. What's lurking beneath has been the subject of intense speculation, and captured the world's imagination, since 1933. Cruise the loch on a boat trip and keep an eye out for any ripples disturbing the surface - perhaps you will be lucky enough to discover the truth about Nessie's mystery. The River Ness flows on to Inverness, the Capital of the Highlands, which is overlooked by the sandstone rise of Inverness Castle. The fairytale Cawdor Castle is also within reach, set among immaculate gardens, and entered via an impressive drawbridge. The castle's links to Shakespeare's Macbeth are often mentioned, but in truth, they are a little tenuous, as this castle was built after King Macbeth's death. Fort George, meanwhile, is a colossal military institution, spread across a huge expanse. Visit to be immersed in the life of a soldier, as you wander among the vast battlements, amid a sea of redbrick military installations.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.

Excursions in INVERGORDON (Highland)

Silver Shore Privato - Invergordon by Private Car with Driver/Guide - Full Day

Explore Invergordon at your leisure during your full-day (8 Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.

Silver Shore Privato - Invergordon by Private Van with Driver/Guide - Full Day

Explore Invergordon at your leisure during your full-day (8 Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car or van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.

A Whisky, Woods & Wild Cooking Experience

Experience the spectacular beauty and flavours of the Invershin Highland Forest during this immersive, full-day whisky, woods and wild cooking excursion.


Invergordon, Dornoch Firth, Invershin Highland Forest, Falls of Shin Visitor Centre

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately one-hour leisurely drive inland, along the north shores of the Dornoch Firth, then through the town of Spinningdale en route to Mac & Wild and the Falls of Shin Visitor Centre. This incredible, magical natural setting is nestled within the Invershin Highland Forest, adjacent to a spectacular waterfall famed for migrating salmon. It is the perfect place to stimulate your senses, and lose yourself in the true Scottish Highlands.


River Visit, Leaping Salmon, Cascade, Interactive Haggis-Making Masterclass

Upon arrival at the Visitor Centre, meet your local ghillie and take a short walk to the stretch of the river. Here, learn all there is to know about the lifecycle of salmon and witness salmon leaping (although not guaranteed). This is not a raging waterfall, but a cascade of water over a series of rocks where the river drops approximately 262 feet (about 80 metres) from Loch Shin to the Kyle of Sutherland. Returning to the Shin Visitor Centre, discover the secrets surrounding Scotland's wildest creature during an interactive, haggis-making masterclass. The chef introduces you to the history and ingredients before a allowing you to make your very own haggis.


Forest Walk, Ancient Stone Table, Single-Malt Whisky Tasting

Next, participate in a whisky tasting like no other, during a guided walk into the forest en route to an ancient stone table steeped in history and legend, but best-known for drinking single-malt whisky. This is the perfect stop to immerse yourself by truly enjoying a tasting of four mouth-watering and delicious selected drams.


Mac & Wild, Interactive Outdoor Cooking Demonstration, Traditional Highland Feast, Lunch

Leaving the forest, join your host, Mac & Wild's co-founder, for an interactive, outdoor cooking demonstration, and lend a hand in the preparation of a traditional Highland feast. In addition, learn where the produce comes from, the importance of sustainability and how to cook on an open fire. Following your cooking session, enjoy a relaxing lunch that you have helped to prepare. After lunch, stop by the gift shop, then re-board your coach and commence the approximately one-hour drive back to the pier.

Cawdor Castle & Culloden Batllefield

Explore the Castles, Clans and Battles that shaped Scotland's Medieval past during this memorable, half-day excursion.


Cawdor Castle

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately one-hour drive along the Cromarty Firth and through the outskirts of Inverness en route to Cawdor Castle, the most romantic castle in the Highlands.One of the finest and most picturesque Medieval buildings in Scotland, Cawdor Castle retains a central tower believed to date from the end of the 14th century. This legendary castle is familiar to anyone who has read Shakespeare's Macbeth, as it is the scene of King Duncan's murder.


Self-Guided Castle Tour

As you cross the drawbridge, step into Scotland's Medieval past. The castle feels like a living home rather than a museum, as it is indeed the residence of the Cawdor family. During your self-guided tour, enter the low doorways, climb the winding stairs, look out from windows set deep in massive walls and marvel at the beautiful woven tapestries. See the centuries-old stonework, snug sitting-room in the core of the Tower, forbidding dungeon, freshwater well, and the original kitchens. Following your tour of the

castle and gardens, re-board your coach and drive to nearby Culloden Battlefield.


Culloden Battlefield

No place in British history stirs the emotions more than Culloden. On 16 April 1746, a battle was fought here to decide a civil war between the ruling House of Hanover and the Jacobites. The brutal Duke of Cumberland, son of King George II, and his 8,000 well trained and equipped army defeated 5,500 exhausted, starving and ill-equipped Highlanders led by Bonnie Prince Charlie. It was the last battle on British soil and ended the House of Stuart's hopes of regaining the throne. During a stop here, see

wooden plaques detailing the battle, clan graves and the Well of the Dead, where wounded Highlanders were slain as they drank water to revive themselves. Following your visit, commence the approximately 1-hour drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking stair-climbing & uneven surfaces at Cawdor Castle, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, a sweater or jacket, flat, closed toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Due to the local climate, most of the coaches are air-cooled. The tour sequence may vary.

Exclusive Visit to Foulis Castle

Explore the history, culture and natural environment of the Scottish Munroe Clan during this exclusive, half-day excursion to Foulis Castle.


Invergordon, Foulis Castle, Private, Guided Tour with Hector Munro and/or a Family Member

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 30-minute drive to Foulis Castle, the private family home of the Chiefs of the Clan Munro (Monroe) for over 700 years. Your guided tour of the castle is conducted by Hector Munro of Foulis, 33rd hereditary Clan Chief of the Munros (Monroes) and/or a member of his immediate family. Among the most famous clansmen was James Monroe, fifth President of the United States.


About Foulis Castle, its Fine Courtyard Gardens and Park

Once a fortified tower, Foulis Castle was burned in suspicious circumstances at the time of the '45 Risings shortly after the battle of Culloden in 1746. The present castle is set on beautiful grounds amongst mature trees, was built on the remains of the old defensive keep and dates from the 18th century. It has fine reception rooms, fascinating Clan memorabilia and pictures, a display of old Clan tartans, an early-Victorian kitchen with its original fittings, and superb views of the sea across waving cornfields. However, the main attraction of the castle is that it is a real home, not a museum. Outside, there are fine courtyard gardens and the park. Although not hitherto open to the general public, it has very successfully hosted a number of exclusive groups over the past ten years.


Morning Coffee/Afternoon Tea with the Chief or an Immediate Family-Member

Following your tour, join the Chief or a member of his immediate family for either morning coffee or afternoon tea served with home-baked goods in the castle dining room, whilst surrounded by portraits of their ancestors. The Chief is a renowned grower of malt barley (Winner of 2007 & 2013 Macallan/Highland Grain Best Malting Barley Award, and 3rd Prize 2007 Glenmorangie/Highland Grain Best Malting Barley), the essential ingredient of Scotland's famous malt whiskies. At the conclusion of your tour, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier.

Glenmorangie Distillery & Lovely Dornoch

Explore the splendid beauty, landmarks and flavours of the Scottish Highlands during this scenic, half-day excursion.


Glenmorangie Distillery Tour and Tasting

Depart the pier and head for nearby Tain and the world-renowned home of Glenmorangie malt whisky. Glenmorangie means 'The Glen of Tranquillity'. After an approximately 30-minute drive to the shores of the Dornoch Firth, take a guided tour of the facility. Along the way, observe the production process and learn about the history of this small town, the distillery and the Sixteen Men of Tain, whose skills, expertise and incredible patience are responsible for the delightful Glenmorangie malt whisky. Your guided tour concludes with a tasting of this delicious malt.


Dornoch

Next, re-board your coach and proceed north to the glorious Edwardian coastal town of Dornoch for some free time to explore and shop. The town's major attraction is the charming 13th - century Cathedral; an island of grass and trees surrounds its cruciform shape. On December 21, 2000, the pop star Madonna had her son Rocco christened here, the day before her wedding

to Guy Ritchie in nearby Skibo Castle. Your guide will be pleased to escorts guests to the cathedral during your time here.


Finally, enjoy the relaxed drive back to Invergordon


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking and standing for 1.5 hours, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach, approximately 50 stairs at the distillery (Some of which are rather steep and narrow). It is not permitted to take photos and mobile devices will need to be switched off during the visit to the distillery.Walking around Dornoch is at the discretion of the guest. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, a sweater or jacket, flat, closed toe walking shoes are recommended. Due to the local climate, most of the coaches are air cooled. Guests must be at least 18 years old to participate in the whisky-tasting. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment. If tour is cancelled within 72 hours of operation, cancellation charges will apply.

Loch Ness Cruise & Historic Urquhart Castle

Explore the mystery of Scotland's most beloved legend during this memorable excursion to Loch Ness and the ruins of Urquhart Castle.


Loch Ness

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 60-minute drive south to the banks of Loch Ness. Upon arrival at Dochgarroch harbour, embark the charming boat for a short cruise to Urquhart Castle. This tour represents a unique opportunity to look for the evasive Loch Ness Monster, which has baffled some of the world's most notable researchers for decades. The deep lake, ('loch' in Gaelic), has drawn visitors from all over the world in search of the monster. The loch is 23 miles (about 37 kilometres) long, one mile (1.6 kilometres) wide and 755 feet (230 metres) deep. Enroute to Urquhart Castle, you can learn more about the Loch and the Monster.


Urquhart Castle

Upon arrival, disembark the boat and walk to the jagged and atmospheric ruins of Urquhart Castle, situated on a rocky promontory jutting into Loch Ness. During its turbulent history, the castle was plundered by the MacDonald clan of the Western Isles and eventually blown up in 1692 to prevent its occupation by Jacobites. Today, all that remains is a lone keep and crumbling walls. However, legends persist that a cave beneath the castle is the home of 'Nessie', the Loch Ness Monster. The path leading

up from Urquhart Castle offers superb views of the ruins and the loch. You can also browse the interesting Visitor Centre and gift shop.


Beauly

Following your visit to the castle, depart Loch Ness for the gentle return journey to Invergordon via the small town of Beauly. Well known for its lovely flower displays and home to the now ruined 13th Century priory which lies in the heart of the village, Beauly is a charming traditional Scottish town. It also boasts a lovely, spacious central square, laid out by Baron Lovat in the 1840s. Beauly is the ideal place to purchase tweeds, knitwear and local crafts.


After some free time to explore and perhaps buy some mementos of your visit, depart for the final leg of your journey back to your ship in Invergordon.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking, including an uphill walk from the jetty to the main entrance at Urquhart Castle, from the Castle to the Visitor Centre and from the Visitor Centre to the coach park with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and embark/disembark the boat. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, a sweater or jacket, raingear, flat, closed -toe walking shoes, and sun protection are recommended. Due to the local climate, most of the coaches are air-cooled.The boat is not exclusive for SIlversea guests.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Guide (Half Day)

Explore Invergordon at your leisure during your half-day (4 Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Guide (Half Day)

Explore Invergordon at your leisure during your half-day (4 Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 4 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Tour Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Walk in Rogie Falls and Coul House

Rogie Falls

Depart the ship today for a visit to Rogie Falls and a walk in Torrachilty Forest. Rogie Falls is a beautiful spot located on the Blackwater River near the village of Contin. Your guide will accompany you on foot to the impressive larch-decked suspension bridge which crosses the falls giving you fantastic vistas of the river and the surrounding woodland.

Take a delightful riverside walk along the banks of the river and through mixed woodland which provides varied habitats for a wide range of plants and animals including the elusive pine martens, wildcat and red squirrel and look out for leaping salmon in the Blackwater!


Coul House Hotel

Following your visit to the Falls, board your coach for the short journey to the deliciously different and historic Coul House Hotel.

Coul House, a quintessential Scottish country house, built in 1821 with unique Georgian architecture, boasts beautiful gardens and lovely views of the Strath Conon mountains to the west. Now a charming family run hotel and restaurant with a great reputation for its cuisine and in particularly for its baking.

Here, enjoy a cup of well-deserved tea or coffee served with shortbread, traditional Scottish tablet and a scone with clotted cream, jam and strawberries, all freshly home made by local chef Garry Kenley.

Suitably refreshed, board your coach for the return journey to your ship.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.