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Tour 1 - Dunrobin Fairytale Castle, Millionaire's View, Dornoch village & shops provided by Thistle Excursions - Invergordon Bus or Coach Tours

Tour 1 - Dunrobin Fairytale Castle, Millionaire's View, Dornoch village & shops

Tour 1 - Dunrobin Fairytale Castle, Millionaire's View, Dornoch village & shops
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
6–8 hours
Group size:
8
Stroller accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    6–8 hours
  • Group size:
    8
  • Stroller accessible
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Our tours are specially put together after taking feedback from YOU. We have surveyed your desires and requests and put them together in our tours. We provide a quality experience, with free water, free rainmacs and a guide or driver guide on our minibuses. Our guides will impart their knowledge of their local Highlands and answer any of your questions. As a general rule tours leave 1.5 hours after the arrival of the ship and return at least 1 hour before ship departure time. Please check our website which has the exact tour departure and return times for every tour. Tours offered based on Outlander and Fairytale Castle themes as well as historic value. It packs in a lot for one day's tour and is very affordable and good value for money. Entrance to Dunrobin castle is INCLUDED.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 6-8 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
German, English, Italian, French
Know before you go
  • Duration: 6-8 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
German, English, Italian, French
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 112983P1
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • All Fees and Taxes
Exclusions
  • Lunch
Duration
6–8 hours
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Invergordon port - walk to port gates, our tour guides wearing purple trouser suits will be waiting for you opposite to direct you to your bus or to your small vehicle. Saltburn pier (if two ships are in port you may stop just outside of the town). You get onto the ship's shuttle bus and it will drop you on the High Street outside the entrance to the museum. Our tour guides wearing purple will meet you there and direct you to the bus.
  • Shore Road, Shore Rd, Invergordon IV18, UK Invergordon pier - Disembark cruise ship, walk 2 minutes to the coach park on Shore Road, Invergordon IV180DH or look for our Thistle Guide wearing purple or we can meet you at our booking office, 64 High Street. Please book on our website via PayPal www.thistleexcursions.co.uk
  • Saltburn, Invergordon IV18 0JP, UK Saltburn pier (if two ships are in port you may stop just outside of the town). You get onto the ship's shuttle bus and it will drop you on the High Street outside the entrance to the museum. Our tour guides wearing purple will meet you there and direct you to the bus.
  • Ports:
  • Invergordon port - walk to port gates, our tour guides wearing purple trouser suits will be waiting for you opposite to direct you to your bus or to your small vehicle.
  • Saltburn pier (if two ships are in port you may stop just outside of the town). You get onto the ship's shuttle bus and it will drop you on the High Street outside the entrance to the museum. Our tour guides wearing purple will meet you there and direct you to the bus.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Wheelchair travellers difficult
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travellers
Inclusions
  • All Fees and Taxes
Exclusions
  • Lunch
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Invergordon port - walk to port gates, our tour guides wearing purple trouser suits will be waiting for you opposite to direct you to your bus or to your small vehicle. Saltburn pier (if two ships are in port you may stop just outside of the town). You get onto the ship's shuttle bus and it will drop you on the High Street outside the entrance to the museum. Our tour guides wearing purple will meet you there and direct you to the bus.
  • Shore Road, Shore Rd, Invergordon IV18, UK Invergordon pier - Disembark cruise ship, walk 2 minutes to the coach park on Shore Road, Invergordon IV180DH or look for our Thistle Guide wearing purple or we can meet you at our booking office, 64 High Street. Please book on our website via PayPal www.thistleexcursions.co.uk
  • Saltburn, Invergordon IV18 0JP, UK Saltburn pier (if two ships are in port you may stop just outside of the town). You get onto the ship's shuttle bus and it will drop you on the High Street outside the entrance to the museum. Our tour guides wearing purple will meet you there and direct you to the bus.
  • Ports:
  • Invergordon port - walk to port gates, our tour guides wearing purple trouser suits will be waiting for you opposite to direct you to your bus or to your small vehicle.
  • Saltburn pier (if two ships are in port you may stop just outside of the town). You get onto the ship's shuttle bus and it will drop you on the High Street outside the entrance to the museum. Our tour guides wearing purple will meet you there and direct you to the bus.
Duration
6–8 hours
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Wheelchair travellers difficult
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travellers
Itinerary
  • You’ll have 2 starting options
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Dunrobin Castle and Gardens
    Stop: 2 hours
    See details
  • 2
    Struie Hill
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Jail Dornoch
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    Dornoch Cathedral
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • 5
    The Dornoch Bookshop
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • 6
    Glenmorangie Distillery
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • 7
    Dornoch
    Stop: 90 minutes
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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4.0
15 reviews
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9stilton
Liverpool, UK111 contributions
Sep 2021
We had the unfortunate experience of having Maxine (the owner) as our driver / guide & in her own words "she seldom did tours" --- & boy can't you tell!
We were late starting off due to Thistle yet again putting a couple on the wrong tour and we having to wait for them to return to Invergordon to join ours. Maxine then crammed 8 people into a mini bus, ignoring all Scottish governmennt guidelines on Covid, with 2 passengers sitting next to her on the front seat. She then promptly wittered on about her work as a local parish councillor for some considerable time.
With the cruise ship arriving later than planned & the then late departure due to Thistle miss-organisation she did not reschedule the order of the tour resulting in us arriving late at Dunrobin Castle and missing more than half of the falconry display. We were given no information or history about the castle at all - save just handed the entrance tickets to conduct a 'self guided' tour. If she had not used a 'blue badge' we would probably have missed the display altogether.
Thistle Excursions also go to great lengths to state that water is provided on their tours --- it wasn't on this tour until she finally went & bought one small bottle for each passenger.
She had to refer to notes a number of times (whilst driving), regarding the local nature and on the way to millionaires view actually drove off the road on one ocassion.
Upon return she attempted to take us to a new shopping venture that was recently opened by a fellow councillor of hers, but all declined. Needless to say we were happy to get back to Invergordon and although Dunrobin Castle was a great place to visit the lack of an accomplished tour guide was greatly missed.
Needless to say I will not be wasting my money next time with Thistle Excursions & will be looking for a far more professional company that takes care of both my health & leisure needs much better.
Written 28 September 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
ThistleExcursions
How disappointing to read your relentless attack on Maxine. Here is our reply: a) you were advised upon booking it would be up to 8 passengers in a minibus. b) as you were all double vaccinated and COVID tested daily as was Maxine it was considered within the guidelines to take you in one vehicle cc) your ship arrived 1 hour later than it was supposed to which is why the tour left later dd) indeed two passengers went with the wrong guide and upon checking your destination Maxine realised what had occurred and called the tour back - this caused an extra delay of 10 minutes with your ship being late also e) you arrived 5 minutes after the falconry display began - it lasts 30 minutes so you did not miss half - gross exaggeration f) you were given information about the castle in advance but unfortunately you were extremely rude and insisted on talking at full volume to the gentleman sitting beside you which only drowned out the tour guide’s voice for everyone but also prevented you from hearing the information being provided g) Maxine only mentioned her other occupation in the passing as she’d been asked about the demographics of the area by another passenger but perhaps you were talking at that point h) you were only invited to see the brand new shop which another colleague owned because it’s now a very popular local destination and Maxine was being polite offering you the option i) indeed the water bottles had not been loaded up. This was due to several incidents that had happened that morning including another guide hitting a pothole on her way to work, having to change tyre at a garage and arriving late. Maxine had to also deal with her passengers. Once asked about water the guide purchased it immediately for you all. j) regarding the ‘going off the road’ - I understand Maxine merely swerved to avoid a huge pothole which earlier that day had caused a puncture with her colleague. k) she referred to the notes which were in her sunvisor only to advise you of the long list of animals in the Cromarty Firth which did not in any way distract from driving. She also told you she was doing this only once to give you full information l) all guides were rusty that day as it was the one day in 2 years that any tour has been offered as there has been no available ships due to Covid. Although the guide advised you of this she did not miss out any of the tour information and she indicated that she would happily answer any further questions k) due to your constant disrespect throughout the tour - talking over her the guide found the whole experience very disconcerting. You have also perpetuated this rudeness by giving this negative review which we found very sad at Thistle as we do our best to offer a quality service.
Written 29 September 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

flsailor
Fort Lauderdale, FL4 contributions
Apr 2020
Thistle Excursions' owner/operator was extremely responsive and helpful in providing the details that we needed when we booked this excursion to coincide with our cruise ship's arrival and departure schedule.
Unfortunately we have had to cancel our entire summer 2020 itinerary due to coronavirus, and the unlikelihood of being able to proceed with our plans for international travel.
The owner/operator handled our cancellation and refund request promptly and with kindness. Her commitment to providing customers with excellent experiences from start to finish is impressive.
We will definitely try to include an excursion with Thistle Excursions when our travels take us to their region again. We recommend that you do so too!
Written 16 April 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
ThistleExcursions
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you in a future year. We can provide you with whatever type of tour you would like. Take care.
Written 17 April 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Sightsee263961
Pompano Beach, FL4 contributions
Sep 2019
We had a nice walk through a beautiful area where we could see a beautiful gorge.
Then we went to Dunrobin Castle...so beautiful.
We had a great time.
Written 19 September 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
ThistleExcursions
We are delighted you enjoyed our tour guide Elizabeth. She is excellent isn’t she? Thank you for booking with us and note you liked the Black Rock Gorge.
Written 20 September 2019
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Jim D
2 contributions
Sep 2019
Both our guides, Becky and Maxine, were fantastic. They went out of their way for us to see Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness. We also visited Clava Cairns, Cawdor Castle, Culloden Battlefield, Culloden Viaduct, and Inverness. We really enjoyed walking through the beautiful town of Invergorden and talking with the friendly towns people. Finding the tour hosts was very easy. I highly recommend this tour. Both guides were very knowledgeable and friendly. We learning about the history and culture. I would love to go back and visit there again. The weather was sunny.
Written 17 September 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
ThistleExcursions
Thank you so much Jim for your lovely very comments. We are so glad you enjoyed your day.
Written 28 September 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

moragmW6595JS
Bonar Bridge2 contributions
Sep 2019
Visited Clava Cairns, Cawdor Castle, Culloden battlefield, Loch Ness and Beauly Priory. Ideal for Outlander fans. Excellent, friendly, outgoing tour guide who answered all our questions. Really good value and packed in a lot in one day although we didn't feel rushed.
Written 6 September 2019
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ThistleExcursions
So glad you got a lot of enjoyment out of the day.
Written 17 September 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

tkarpinski
Phoenix, AZ62 contributions
Aug 2019
DO NOT USE. TERRIBLE This is one of the worse tours I have ever taken (FYI I have traveled to 43 countries). We wasted 40 minutes waiting for another bus to tandem to Beauly.. The only reason to tandem with the other bus was so the van drivers could drink coffee together. Along the way, the driver offered little if any explanation of what we were seeing. She did point out the street filled with car dealerships. Because we started late, we had little time at the Culloden Battlefield. Even it we wanted to take a tour - which there was a cost - we had no time.

I am asking for a partial refund because the only thing important to the van drive was meeting up at the next stop to talk with other tour guides.
Written 2 September 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
ThistleExcursions
Ms Karpinski, I’m shocked to read your review as others on the same tour as you were very happy. For £59 you went into Urquhart castle, saw Loch Ness, went into Culloden Battlefield even though what you booked was a drive by it, you also went to Clava Cairns and Beauly Priory. The tour guides work and are speaking and driving 6-7 hours straight through and as their boss I think they deserve a coffee break, in fact I insist upon it. The reason you waited was that a few passengers were late, nothing to do with my guides wanting to take coffee together. When we go in convoy it’s because we are booked into locations together. Urquhart castle is especially difficult in the summer season. With regard to taking a taxi - a taxi would have cost you around £300 for the 6 hour journey that you took. You’d then have to pay your entrance to Urquhart castle on top of that. So if you take off the £6 that PayPal retain, the £12.50 to enter the castle it leaves you with £40.50. So for that price you got to journey in a luxury 8 seater minibus with 6 other people instead of being crammed into a big coach. If you’ve been to 43 countries I wonder what price you paid for your tours. It seems to me you wanted to pay very little but receive ambassador treatment. We do our best but we don’t claim to be perfect. You were also provided with a booklet in your own language about the venues you visited, free water and rainmacs if needed. I wonder what you think you should have the partial refund for when an actual taxi that you accuse us of being would have cost you more than 7 times the price you paid with us. I guess I’m learning that no matter what we provide for you, there’ll always be a few people who won’t be happy. That’s a shame that they come on here to vent their negativity. When you consider that this cruise season alone we’ve provided lovely tours of the Scottish Highlands for over 2,000 people I guess we are doing OK. Sorry we weren’t able to please you. I hope you gave 5 stars to the other 43 countries you visited instead of this disappointing 1 star which is so undeserved.
Written 4 September 2019
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Jeanette B
7 contributions
Jun 2019
We've never had such a terrible tour as the one in Invergordon with Thistle Excursions (Castles and Whisky tour). We went to Dunrobin Castle first and instead of Lottie/Sandra telling us something about the castle before we arrived, all they could do was discuss how long we were going to be at each venue. No information about anything we saw. The coach driver was fantastic and it's a pity he didn't take the tour on his own. I think the ladies heard us saying that we wanted background information because on our last stop back to the ship they suddenly gave us a few facts about the place. We would NEVER use Thistle again - what a waste of our hard earned money.
Written 8 August 2019
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ThistleExcursions
Jeanette. You took your tour on 14 June so not sure why you’ve decided to now review your tour nearly 2 months later. We had good reviews from passengers on that tour so your negative review comes as a shock. I don’t know what to say to you - I honestly don’t. I note you had had a previous bad experience with another company’s tour. I hope we didn’t become a punching bag for them too. People love our guides’ knowledge and commentaries. I really do not understand what went wrong for you that day, sorry.
Written 8 August 2019
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Margriet van K
3 contributions
Aug 2019
We had a lovely tour in a small bus with only 7 passengers and a very kind driver/guide. We had plenty of time to explore Dunrobin Castle and the pretty town of Donroch. Because it was a Sunday, we couldn't vist a whiskey distillery, which we didn't mind. As a last surprise, we went to a lovely gorge in a wood.
Written 7 August 2019
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ThistleExcursions
Thank you Margaret for taking the time to say nice things. Black Rock Gorge is amazing isn’t it. I appreciate good feedback so much as people are so quick to write negative things but not many take the time to say nice things if they enjoyed themselves. So again Thank you so much for doing this. I’m so glad you had fun.
Written 7 August 2019
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Andreas
2 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
The hole day was very good. The Service was super. Everything perfect.
We made a Whiskey tasting, also a visit in a Destillerie. We saw a typical town from scottland with Historie.
Written 13 July 2019
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ThistleExcursions
Thank you Andreas. I’m so glad you enjoyed the Whisky Galore tour and Black Rock Gorge. We loved having you as our guests. Your English is great too.
Written 13 July 2019
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Sherpa623440
9 contributions
Jun 2019 • Friends
While in port in Invergordon I had the opportunity to spend the day in the Scottish Highlands with Thistle Tours. It was so nice to be part of a small tour of eight. We were picked up and dropped off from the port which made it convenient and easily accessible.
Our first adventure . . . Dunrobin Castle and Gardens. All I can say is WOW! The castle is breathtaking, enchanting and romantic. All the viewable rooms are completely furished and you are magically taken back in time. Although there were many visitors that day you never felt rushed or pushed along. We had plenty to explore on our own and even take time to grab a coffee or tea in the castle cafe. Then as a group we walked down below the castle to the gardens and a large open area where we enjoyed a falconry display, It was interesting and informative talk about how the castle acquired the birds, where they originated from and we were shown how they are trained. Then we were free to explore the gardens on our own. Along with the cafe there is a gift shop and restrooms. Total time spent at the castle was 2 1/2 hours. It was perfect.
Next stop about 20 mins away was the quaint town of Dornoch. The town is beautiful and when I visited it was full of eye-catching flowers and lots of trees. I even had the opportunity to see a wedding party coming out of the church. The men dressed in traditional Scottish kilts and the bride was beautiful.The kind of place you want to linger. For those who wanted, there was whiskey sampling available. There are several shops and cafes, a cathedral, museum and Carnegie Whiskey Cellars. I had lunch in an upstairs cafe that was just so lovely, from the wood floors to the light fixtures it was aesthetically pleasing. The food was great and a large portion. (I brought half of it back to the ship). We spent a couple of hours in Dornoch which was ample time to see everything and have a nice lunch.
Our trip to and from the port was very scenic and interesting. Here's a fun fact: we traveled past the church where Madonna and Guy Ritchie were married.

Our guide Elizabeth was kind, knowledgeable and had great sense of humor. She told us stories that made us all laugh. It was nice to hear things from her perspective with her engaging Scottish accent. This is a great tour for the entire family. It was wonderful to be in a small group and break away from the herd of cruise ship tours. It is offered at a great price and they are very mindful about getting you back to the cruise ship on time.
Written 26 June 2019
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ThistleExcursions
Thank you so much for your kind words. Elizabeth is a true asset isn't she. She was delighted to meet you too.
Written 2 July 2019
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Fantastic Customer Service
Just like ti say a massive THANK YOU to Thistle Excursions & Maxine in particular. 30 minutes after booking Tour
2509Ela
2509Ela
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Great service
We had planned to do Tour 3 with Thistle during our cruise. Unfortunately, our cruise was cancelled yesterday due t
14clubs
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Great company
We were very disappointed to cancel this tour when our cruise was cancelled but were EXTREMELY pleased when we were
colbe3
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Excellent Company
Very quick communication. Excellent service when we needed to cancel. We will definitely use Thistle Excursions whe
D504TUpriscillas
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Excellent customer service in a difficult time
In this pandemic we unfortunately had to cancel. I was quite pleased with the quick response and personalized note
Chrysala
Chrysala
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Cancelled - Tour operator very kind and understanding
As our cruise had been cancelled we had to cancel the tour as well. We got an immediate response and refund. We can
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908cyrillef
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Really good tour operator
Quick communication,nice contactand really professionnal. I would like to do another trip with them as soon as poss
domino115
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Wonderful customer service would book with them again
We were scheduled to go on a shore excursion to Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle in late May however our cruise was c
JordanK1432
JordanK1432
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Thistle was a life savor during COVID!
Unfortunately, I could not do Tour 1 with the Dunrobin Fairy Tale castle, but boy did I want to! I had to cancel si
586farinam
586farinam
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Very friendly and professional organisation of tour plus handling during pandemic
I had lots of E-Mail contact with the owner of Thistle Excursions to plan a personal trip. Maxine was very helpful
BearberryBill
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Cancelled - Tour Operator Communicative and Understanding
We had planned on going on a cruise that would have taken us to Invergordon, Scotland this upcoming summer but canc
mlclark49
mlclark49
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Exceptional service with cancellation
We had booked what Maxine called a Bespoke Tour!! The itinerary was taylored to our individual needs. We were so
Alfred T
Alfred T
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"Uncommon Dedication"
Due to cancellation of our cruise to the British Isles scheduled at the end of May 2020, I reached out to Maxine Sm
45adriennec
45adriennec
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Fantastic service during difficult times
We had arranged a private "Outlander" shore excursion for our May 2020 cruise, which unfortunately was cancelled du
nkp221
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cancellation
Maxine responded immediately to confirm our cancellation and refund. We will definitely book with her company agai
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