|Location||57° 41’N 004° 10’ W||Anchorage Position||57° 40.95’N 004° 09.6W|
|No. of Berths||2||Distance to Landing Stage||0.3NM|
|Berth details||Service Base – Max LOA 300m, Max Draught 9m|
Saltburn Pier – Max LOA 250m, Max Draught 10.5m
|Tidal range/movement||Springs 3.7m, Neaps 1.8m|
|Airdraught||No restrictions||Town centre||0.5 km|
|Width of Ship||No Restrictions||Shuttle to town||For Saltburn Pier only|
|Anchorage||Yes- only if berths booked||Nearest airport||Inverness|
Invergordon – "the small friendly village with the big Cruise Liner Port".
Invergordon lies in a particularly beautiful part of the Highlands of Scotland. The village lies near the head of a Firth or Fjord on an arm of the North Sea, and is surrounded by mountains and gentle rolling farmland. The unique features of Invergordon lie in the ability to dock several large liners simultaneously, whilst at the same time offering a very large number of different and exciting shore excursions which appeal to the passengers on board these liners.
Virtually every cruise line that calls at North European ports, calls at Invergordon at least once a year and frequently more often. With easy access, deep water, shelter and only 5 miles from the open sea, Invergordon has already had liners such as Queen Mary 2 and Crown Princess dock to showcase the beautiful Highlands of Scotland. Included in the attractions are Cawdor Castle, Dunrobin Castle, Brodie Castle, Loch Ness and its famous monster “Nessie”, Dornoch Cathedral, Inverewe Gardens, Fort George, Culloden Battlefield, Falls of Shin, Glenmorangie Distillery, Royal Dornoch Golf Course, The City of Inverness and many many more.
This part of Scotland is particularly suited to active pursuits with golfing, cycling, hill walking, mountain biking, nature spotting and adventure parks all well represented.
Invergordon itself is a small friendly village with a famous mural trail including 11 large coloured wall paintings representing life in the Highlands past and present.
Allison McGuire, Cruise Manager
Port of Cromarty Firth, Shore Road, Invergordon, Ross-shire, Scotland IV18 0HD
T: +44 (0) 1349 852308
Luxury Coaches, Guides, Tourist Information, Taxis, Bank, Post Office, Gift Shops, Railway Station, Fresh Water, Ship Chandler, Garbage & Waste Removal, Agents, Repairs, Towage, Museum and Mural Trail.
Loch Ness (The famous Monster), Cawdor, Brodie and Dunrobin Castle, Fort Geroge, Culloden Battlefield, The Falls of Shin, Glenmorangie Distillery, Royal Dornoch Golf Course and the City of Inverness
It should be noted that these details are not definitive but are intended to demonstrate the range of excursions and activities available to cruise passengers visiting Invergordon as part of a cruise. Please note that, in many cases and with prior arrangement, half day tours can be combined to create full day itineraries. Shore excursions are normally pre-booked onboard via the cruise line concerned. Cruise Scotland cannot be held responsible for the accuracy of this information and all details and tour descriptions should be checked with the cruise line concerned.
Idyllic Glen Affric is an area of outstanding beauty in the Heart of the Highlands and contains one of the largest ancient Caledonian pinewoods in Scotland. The road into the glen follows the River Beauly which runs to the sea from the glen's picturesque loch. Forget the modern world as you enjoy a walk in this enchanting and peaceful setting. The glen is home to a wide range of habitats and you may be lucky enough to see Scottish crossbills, crested tits, ospreys, roe deer and even pine martens.
Take a journey back in time and visit magnificent Cawdor Castle. The 14th Century home of the Thanes of Cawdor is reputedly Macbeth's castle and the site of the murder of Duncan and remains the home of the Cawdor family to this day. Today it is considered to be one of the most romantic stately homes in the Highlands with its fine collection of rare tapestries, portraits, and furniture and lovely gardens and grounds.
Travel north from Invergordon to the picturesque town of Dornoch with its sandstone buildings, beautiful domestic gardens and tiny 13th Century cathedral. Continue on to the fairy-tale style Dunrobin Castle; the ancestral home of the Clan Sutherland and one of the oldest inhabited houses in Scotland, dating back to the 13th century. The stunning formal gardens which run right down to the sea are based on those at Versailles and were laid out in the 1850s. Daily displays of the ancient sport of falconry take place in the gardens.
Beauly is well-known for its lovely flower displays and is home to the ruined 13th Century priory which lies in the heart of the village. Foulis Castle has been the ancestral home of the Munro Clan Chiefs for over 700 years and is where the family of President James Monroe, the 5th President of the US originated. On arrival at the Castle you will be met (subject to availability) by the castle's owners, Clan Chief Hector Munro and his wife, and enjoy a guided tour of their home.
Capital of the Highlands and Scotland's fifth city, Inverness is situated at the north end of the Great Glen and throughout her history has always been an important centre of transport and communication. Today the city is a vibrant, friendly place and there is plenty to do here with all major high street shops, the cathedral, museumand lovely walks on the centrally located Ness Islands in the river of the same name.
No visit to the Scottish Highlands would be complete without taking in some spectacular scenery and a distillery. Overlooking the shores of the Dornoch Firth, Glenmorangie has been producing malt whisky for more than 150 years. You'll see the various stages of production and have the opportunity to enjoy a dram before continuing your journey to reach Shin Falls where you can stretch your legs and take in the atmosphere of this scenic spot. There is also a visitor centre with a café and a gift shop with items from Harrods of Knightsbridge!
Pass through the vibrant Highland capital of Inverness on your way to Loch Ness, one of Scotland's largest lochs and (allegedly) home to the Loch Ness Monster. Loch Ness lies on the Great Glen and forms part of the Caledonian Canal which links Fort William in the west with Inverness in the east. Visit the dramatic ruins of Castle Urquhart: a critical stronghold in its day, situated on a promontory overlooking Loch Ness. The excellent visitor's centre sets the scene before you visit the Castle. Don't forget to keep your eyes open for signs of Nessie!
Travel to the lovely, unspoilt Black Isle peninsula for a trip through scenic fishing villages, farming country and forests.
Cromarty is the Black Isle's largest settlement and arguably Scotland's best preserved 17th Century village. The historic Courthouse is home to a fascinating museum and you can also visit the birthplace of Hugh Miller, the geologist, journalist and one of the founders of the Free Church of Scotland.
Before returning to the ship, stop in Fortrose, one of the best places to see the dolphins which frequent the waters of the Moray Firth.