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Tour 5 - Secret Loch Ness, Inverness, Castles, Waterfalls & Refreshments provided by Thistle Excursions - Invergordon Bus or Coach Tours

Tour 5 - Secret Loch Ness, Inverness, Castles, Waterfalls & Refreshments

Tour 5 - Secret Loch Ness, Inverness, Castles, Waterfalls & Refreshments
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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. Please check the tour times on our website, as the times listed here are approximate. As a general rule tours leave 45minutes to 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. This bus tour from Invergordon features highlights from Outlander, Culloden, Castles, Loch Ness & Nessie! It packs in a lot for one day's tour and is very affordable and good value for money. Entrance to castle is INCLUDED in the £59. Our website contains full details of all tours and booking.
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: 112983P5
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • Entrance to castle cost is included in your booking price.
  • Bottled water
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Entry/Admission - Inverness Castle
  • Entry/Admission - The Falls of Foyers
Duration
6–8 hours
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • See below - you must walk to the port gates as we are not allowed to enter them. It will take you a few minutes - our guides will wait across the road for you.
  • Shore Road, Shore Rd, Invergordon IV18, UK If docking at Invergordon pier disembark cruise ship, walk 2 minutes to the coach park at the shore, Invergordon IV180DH or look for our Thistle Guide wearing purple and a Thistle lanyard. Or we will meet you at our booking office, 64 High Street, whichever you prefer. We will direct you to bus.
  • Saltburn, Invergordon IV18 0JP, UK If docking at Saltburn pier, just outside the town, please get onto the ship's courtesy shuttle bus and it will take you 3 minute ride to Invergordon High Street, and will drop you at museum where our guides wearing purple will meet you and take you to bus or small vehicle.
  • Ports:
  • Invergordon/Inverness
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Stroller accessible
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Wheelchair travellers difficult
  • Travellers should have a strong physical fitness level
  • There is a steep path to the waterfall and also 95 steps up to the Inverness castle viewing gallery. You may wait in the tea room instead of going to the waterfall and you do not have to go to the viewing gallery - you can wait elsewhere,
  • 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 is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • Entrance to castle cost is included in your booking price.
  • Bottled water
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Entry/Admission - Inverness Castle
  • Entry/Admission - The Falls of Foyers
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • See below - you must walk to the port gates as we are not allowed to enter them. It will take you a few minutes - our guides will wait across the road for you.
  • Shore Road, Shore Rd, Invergordon IV18, UK If docking at Invergordon pier disembark cruise ship, walk 2 minutes to the coach park at the shore, Invergordon IV180DH or look for our Thistle Guide wearing purple and a Thistle lanyard. Or we will meet you at our booking office, 64 High Street, whichever you prefer. We will direct you to bus.
  • Saltburn, Invergordon IV18 0JP, UK If docking at Saltburn pier, just outside the town, please get onto the ship's courtesy shuttle bus and it will take you 3 minute ride to Invergordon High Street, and will drop you at museum where our guides wearing purple will meet you and take you to bus or small vehicle.
  • Ports:
  • Invergordon/Inverness
Duration
6–8 hours
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Stroller accessible
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Wheelchair travellers difficult
  • Travellers should have a strong physical fitness level
  • There is a steep path to the waterfall and also 95 steps up to the Inverness castle viewing gallery. You may wait in the tea room instead of going to the waterfall and you do not have to go to the viewing gallery - you can wait elsewhere,
  • 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 is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Itinerary
  • You’ll have 2 starting options
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Inverness Castle
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 2
    Loch Ness
    Stop: 45 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Foyers
    Stop: 40 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    The Falls of Foyers
    Stop: 45 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 5
    Inverness
    Stop: 90 minutes
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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caroltis
Austin, TX37 contributions
Sad Moment
Mar 2020
Today I had to cancel our excursion with Thistle because our cruise was canceled due to the virus outbreak. Just as she has been all along the way of my researching and scheduling, Maxine was gracious and kind and immediately refunded the money we had paid for this excursion. It's heartbreaking for me because our fabulous adventure was cancelled but even more so because companies like Thistle are taking a tremendous hit. BUT... when we reschedule our cruise, and we will Lord willing, we will also reschedule with Thistle. I'm so impressed with the personal touch they provide and the quick communications. I have no doubt that we would have been thrilled with our excursion booked with them and we look forward to actually experiencing it !!
Written 30 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
ThistleExcursions
Thank you so much for writing that. We are suffering but know you are too so want to make it as easy as possible for you to get your money back and start again next year. See you in 2021, as you say God willing.
Written 1 April 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Joyce Ellis
Los Angeles, CA2 contributions
Amazing Cancellation Policy and Customer Service
Mar 2020
We were scheduled to cruise on the Regal Princess May 4 to the UK. We booked several tours and one of them was with this company. Our cruise was cancelled due to the Novel Corona Virus. It was easy to cancel online. Their cancellation policy is generous. In addition, Maxine wrote me to say she was sorry that we had to cancel and made sure our cancellation was immediately recorded. We will definitely book again with thgem when we can take a cruise in 2021!
Written 14 March 2020
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ThistleExcursions
Thank you for taking the time to write a review for me even though you couldn’t come to Scotland. I truly hope we will be able to take you on one of our tours in the future. You will be made most welcome. Maxine x
Written 16 March 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
About the operator

This experience only has a few reviews, but you can read what other travellers have to say about the operator.

By: Thistle Excursions - Invergordon Bus or Coach Tours
9stilton
9stilton
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DISASTER - cruisers don't waste your money!
We had the unfortunate experience of having Maxine (the owner) as our driver / guide & in her own words "she seldom
Graybags_1955
Graybags_1955
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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
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
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
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
908cyrillef
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
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
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
sailaway157
sailaway157
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Thistle Excursions' Commitment to Providing Customers with Excellent Experiences
Thistle Excursions' owner/operator was extremely responsive and helpful in providing the details that we needed wh