Why choose a cruise to Invergordon?
Invergordon is nestled into the windswept coastline of Scotland, surrounded by the mountainous Highlands. It’s a friendly village of quiet streets and quaint stone houses, with flashes of colour provided by murals painted by local artists.
Despite its small size, there are a surprising number of activities on offer. The village has plenty of shops and pubs, as well as some interesting historic buildings. There are several waymarked walks from the village which allow you to explore the natural scenery. If you want to explore further afield, the city of Inverness and the famous Loch Ness are a short drive away.
A guide to Invergordon’s hotspots
Take a stroll through the serene streets of Invergordon, browsing gift shops for Scottish whisky, local crafts and clothes. Stop off at the quaint Church of Scotland, where cruise passengers are often welcomed with tea and coffee. The friendly warden will also be happy to tell you more about the village’s history.
Explore the waterways around Invergordon on a kayak trip. These are run by a local company, Go Wild Highlands, who will pick you up from port and take you on a kayaking excursion down the serene Kyle of Sutherland. Experience the tranquility of the Highlands, and enjoy a packed lunch of homemade bread and locally produced meats and cheeses.
The highlight of many people’s Invergordon cruise is a trip to Loch Ness, a famous loch just under an hour’s drive away. Scan the deep, dark waters for a glimpse of the Loch Ness monster. Even if Nessie doesn’t rear her head, you can enjoy the stunning scenery, and explore the ruined castle perched on the loch shores.
Inverness, the capital of the highlands, is just a 35-minute drive from Invergordon. This charming city is bisected by the River Ness. Stroll down the river to Ness Islands, a park formed of small, forested islets, linked by picturesque footbridges. There are plenty of riverside restaurants and craft breweries where you can refresh yourself after your walk.
Cruise lines that sail to the port of Invergordon
The best time to visit Invergordon
Invergordon is warmest during July and August, with highs of 17°C. Make the most of the weather with walks in the Scottish countryside.
In the depths of December, the temperature in Invergordon drops to 2°C. But visit for New Year and you can attend the Hogmanay celebrations in Inverness, complete with fireworks, highland reels and other festivities.
Did you know?
- Loch Ness holds more fresh water than all the lakes in England and Wales combined
- Cruise passengers disembarking at Invergordon will be treated to pipe bands and traditional dancing
- Invergordon has a distillery renowned for producing some of the world’s best grain whisky