Cruise Port: Invergordon
The cruise port serving the Scottish Highlands is Invergordon. For cruise passengers visiting this part of the world for the first time, a tour to Loch Ness or one of several other locations is highly recommended.
Having previously explored the Scottish Highlands, we elected to explore the local area on our own. The much better know town of Inverness is about a one hour local bus ride away. We took the bus and admired the river and walked High Street. On reflection, the nearly three hours lost travelling to and fro and waiting for buses was probably not justified having been in Edinburgh the day before. There is almost nothing in Inverness that cannot be purchased in Edinburgh. That said, if Inverness is your first Scottish port then you’ll love the shopping.
The township of Invergordon itself is a pretty town and somewhere that we could have easily spent our entire day in port. While shopping is much simpler than Inverness, there is an extremely good souvenir outlet next to the pier. Our arrival coincided with craft market day so lots of hand crafted goods to linger over. There is also a museum than other passengers spoke highly of although we didn’t have time to personally visit it.
Invergordon is one of the few towns in the word to create a mural trail. Ten or twelve murals express life in the highlands. Locating and appreciating them all cleverly forces exploring more of the town as well.
Invergordon is a friendly and welcoming town. A lone piper on the pier as we disembarked added to the colour reminded us that we were in the Scottish Highlands. When the time came to leave we were farewelled by first the youth pipes and drums and then by the full band of pipes and drums. There is something special about bagpipes as you sail away!