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Urquhart Castle, Culloden, Loch Ness Centre, Gin, Outlander sites

By Thistle Excursions - Invergordon Bus or Coach Tours
Recommended by 93% of travellers
93% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
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Ages 0-100, max of 45 per group
Duration: 6–8 hours
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Mobile ticket
Live guide: English
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  • Parking Fees
  • Entry/Admission - Urquhart Castle
  • Entry/Admission - The Loch Ness Centre
What's not included
  • Snacks


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  • 37 Shore Rd, Invergordon IV18 0EH, UK
    If you dock directly in Invergordon port, please walk from ship to the port gates at the west harbour, cross road and our tour guides wearing purple will greet you and send you to our bus, quite close by. 2-5 minutes walk.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Infant seats available
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 112983P3

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    • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • 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 45 travellers

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    Itinerary
    • You'll start at
      37 Shore Rd
      37 Shore Rd, Invergordon IV18 0EH, UK
      If you dock directly in Invergordon port, please walk from ship to the port gates at the west harbour, cross road and our tour guides wearing purple will greet you and send you to our bus, quite close by. 2-5 minutes walk.
      See address & details
    • 1
      Inverness
      Stop: 45 minutes
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      Pass by
      Beauly Priory
    • 2
      Urquhart Castle
      Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
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    • 3
      Drumnadrochit
      Stop: 10 minutes
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    • 4
      Loch Ness
      Stop: 30 minutes
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    • 5
      Great Glen Distillery
      Stop: 10 minutes
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    • 6
      The Loch Ness Centre
      Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
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    • 7
      Robertson’s Farm Shop Beauly
      Stop: 30 minutes
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    • You'll return to the starting point
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    • Thistle Excursions - Invergordon Bus or Coach Tours
      202
      Invergordon, Scotland
      Joined in December 2018
    • 928haleya
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Best Highland Tour
      We loved this tour!!! Beautiful all-day tour through the beautiful Scottish Highlands. We loved that our guide was local and knew the area well. The tour was super flexible and they catered to our family's needs. Would absolutely book again.
      Written 26 October 2023
    • Inspire20820086444
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      3.0 of 5 bubbles
      Change and cancel stops without any warning.
      The tour lists the sites you will see and states they may take you in various types of vehicles including large buses. What it doesn’t explain is if they get enough people to fill a bus they will skip promised stops with various excuses. We were told that the bus was too heavy for the bridge, then that you couldn’t park a large bus there, and a few other reasons. They choose the transportation method and will adjust the tour accordingly. We missed two of the stops listed and weren’t even told until headed back. I wouldn’t book with them again and would book with another company. What we did get to see was done well.
      Written 18 October 2023
    • busteezmama
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Excellent tour!!!
      Booked this tour as an alternative to the ones offered by our cruise. SO glad we did! Rhona was an amazing guide, one of the best we've ever had. The Scottish Highlands are so beautiful and of course the coos are absolutely adorable! The falls were dry when we were there so we visited Clava Cairns instead which are in a beautiful area and were pretty impressive. There were 8 of us total and she was wonderful about tailoring the day to what we wanted (or didn't want) to see and do. She got us to Cawdor Castle just as it opened so we avoided the crowds. We had ample time at all stops and never felt rushed. She also kept tabs on the traffic to avoid any delays and we made it back to the ship with time to spare. She is an excellent driver, navigating the narrow, single-track roads with ease and made sure we were all comfortable. The price of this tour wasn't significantly less than what our ship offered, however the small group, the option of being able to actually dip your toes in Loch Ness and Rhona's excellent guiding made it a superior choice in our opinion. Maxine was very quick to respond to emails with all of my questions (which were many)! All in all a fantastic tour and one of the best experiences of our 10 day cruise. Thank you Rhona and Maxine for the wonderful memories!!!
      Written 5 October 2023
    • H3071LFlorim
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Battles, Castles and Monsters
      Inverness was one of our cruise port stops and we booked this excursion independent of the ship. Mo was a fantastic guide and provided lots of information at each stop. I liked that we were able to stop at a bunch of different places and also receive the relevant background information before exploring them. Mo had a great sense of humor and kept the group entertained throughout the tour.
      Written 26 September 2023
    • Helaineusa
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A Great Sampler of Places
      We had Mo as our tour guide and she gave a great narrative of everything we saw. She was very knowledgeable and pleasant. This tour was a great way to see a sampler of things with one day in port at Invergordon. There was a lot to see and we made it back to the ship in plenty of time. We had some free exploration time with specific time limits which everyone respected. It was well worth the time and money.
      Written 26 September 2023
    • Marlene A
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Wonders of Inverness
      No was informative and entertaining. The time at each stop was just right. She gave us all the information we needed to enjoy each stop
      Written 26 September 2023
    • Sightsee42113703904
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great experience covering everything you mustn’t miss.
      This tour was very well done by Mo. very good information and presentation. She was great. The places we went were great and everything was accessible for us Seniors. I did expect that the tour group and vehicle would be only 6 or i people so I’m not sure where the cross up was. It worked out just fine though.
      Written 16 September 2023
    • lindahY9341ZY
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Interesting and enchanting
      Our driver, Peter, was gracious and an excellent driver on some narrow hilly roads. The bus was well-maintained and he responded to our needs. Our guide, Mo, was very informative and amiable. She kept our interest with her knowledge and funny comments. She was very easy to talk to and we. Had many common interests and experiences.
      Written 12 September 2023
    • mikiho1
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Excellent tour
      We did this tour with Gordon. Excellent tour and couldn’t recommend it any higher. Very informative and made the trip so personal. We absolutely loved it!!!! Gordon is very attentive to his clients. Super super nice person!!!’
      Written 12 September 2023
    • mhw44
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      An absolutely wonderful day
      Our guide Mo was exceptional. She shared an amazing amount of information, both historical and local lore. She took us to various sites and explained some of their history and let us explore them on our own. It was a great day and I would recommend it anyone.
      Written 11 September 2023
    • Storyteller623792
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Good tour to see a lot in a limited time!!
      This tour is very good. The only issue I had with it was too much time at Cawdor Castle and too little time at Culloden. But we were on a tour with two other people not part of our party and I know they enjoyed the amount of time spent at Cawdor. That all having been said, I thoroughly enjoyed this tour. My husband and I had limited time off a cruise and David, our tour guide, packed a lot of Scotland in that limited time. He even included a little extra visit to an off the beaten path location. As it’s a surprise, I won’t specifically name it so David can continue to surprise guests. Overall, I recommend this tour.
      Written 8 September 2023
    • time2trail
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Best Tour Experience!
      Mo was the best and knowledgeable tour guide. She and the driver made this an truly 1st class experience. Highly Recommend Thistle Excursions to anyone traveling this part of the world. Bonus if you get "Mo".:)
      Written 7 September 2023
    • 26heinzs
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Best tour I ever spent, will go again
      The tour was great, a bus for 8 people brought us to the promised locations and showed also some smaller highlights (farm w/ Scott caddie, ice shop). Due to the little bus we were ahead of many bigger coaches, and served and treated carefully, really well informed by our female guide and she has taken care of all the material like maps, tickets etc. we were served with during the tour. Excellent service, and at the end of the day the group felt all like the same: really impressive excursion, could not gone better. Thanks to our well prepared driver and guide.
      Written 4 September 2023
    • Jennylc
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great adventure -Scotland
      Absolutely fantastic. MO as tour guide and Ryan as bus driver, Ryan I am usually a nervous wreck when on a tour but your driving was impeccable. MO was helpful and full of knowledge. A great day was had by all. As a company Thistle Excursions are proaactive I finding their missing clientele, truly remarkable compared to other tour companies we used this trip.
      Written 1 September 2023
    • sylviavO2417QB
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Excellent tour! Great guide!
      We had a lovely time on this tour and really enjoyed our tour guide Mo and driver Ryan. Lots of fun and fascinating history and they kept things moving and got us back to our ship on time, despite the cruise line changing the departure time at the last minute. I’d go again!
      Written 31 August 2023
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    Kristine M
    Kentwood, MI6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sept 2023 • Family
    Really fun tour that didn’t take all day. We took a bus tour that took us to a boat tour then to the castle. The bus tour resumed after the castle tour. It was really comfortable and interesting
    Written 24 October 2023
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    Thank you so Glad you liked the day which we tailored to you.
    Written 2 December 2023
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    Margaret H
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great tour and wonderful guide who was a local with lots of knowledge about the areas visited. Enjoyed all aspects despite some rainy weather at Culloden. Lovely drive through the Scottish countryside.
    Written 27 September 2023
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    Thank you for the kind review and 5 stars.
    Written 16 October 2023
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    Ginny M
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sept 2023 • Solo
    Mo was an excellent tour guide {and driver} very knowlegeable and humourous . She gave us an excellent whistle stop tour in the time allowed of Inverness, Culloden. Loch Ness and Urquhart castle. Thanks very much.
    Written 19 September 2023
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    Thank you for the lovely review. Mo is first class at her job. She will appreciate you taking time to write this on Trip Advisor.
    Written 20 September 2023
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    Keith T
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sept 2023 • Couples
    We booked this tour for the day our cruise ship was in port in Invergorton. Thistle Excursions had tailored this Tour to fit our our ship's arrival and departure date and times. They had our ship listed on their web site when we booked the Tour. They made sure we were back to the ship one hour before departure. Our tour guide was easy to find. She was waiting for us at the end of the dock, as planned, just a short walk from the ship.
    The tour was in a nine passenger van. June was our tour guide. She was very personable and knowledgeable. She made the tour feel like a pleasant family outing. The tour included stops at Culloden battlefield, the prehistoric Cairns and standing stones (really cool!), the city of Inverness, a drive along Loch Ness, a stop at Urquhart Castle and a stop at a small farm and country store to see some Scottish Highland "hairy coos" ( shaggy longhorn cows). The tour was timed well. I didn't feel rushed. The time spent at each stop was just about right. June also described how each place fit into the "Highlander" stories .
    I highly recommend this Thistle Excursions tour. Keith T.
    Written 14 September 2023
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    Thank you Keith. I appreciate you taking the time to write all of that. So happy you enjoyed it.
    Written 17 September 2023
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    VickiM
    Martinez, CA6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely and very informative guide who made our tour wonderful. She is a local and added so much more to our day! Our tour guide and Driver were with Thistle Excursions and were both expert in their trade.
    Written 14 September 2023
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    Thank you all of our guides are experts in their field.
    Written 14 September 2023
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    SL C
    Edmonton, Canada49 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2023
    Many compliments to Thistle Excursions and our tour guide Rhona for providing an unforgettable 8 hour experience of the Highlands. What was going to be a long quiet (dull) Sunday in Inverness, turned out to be the best shore excursion of our cruise.

    We were assembled into a small group of 8 (4 couples), which affords a much more friendlier and flexible adventure. High on my list was a visit to the standing stones and ancient tombs of Clava Cairns. This site can’t accommodate the larger tour buses so it was a delight to wander around with only a few other visitors.

    Rhona's detailed and humorous commentary was pleasurable. We very much enjoyed the overview of the Culloden Battle, the drive-through of beautiful Inverness, a Loch Ness stop (with a toast to Nessie) and the stunning Urquhart Castle visit. It left me wanting to return to visit Scotland again. Outlander and Harry Potter fans will not be disappointed as many film locations and local sights were included in the tour.

    Email exchanges with Maxine at Thistle Excursions is immediate and comprehensive. We booked directly with the Thistle website which had more tour details and was more economical. Compared to similar cruise line shore excursions, this tour is much better value for the money. The guide took care to warn us when there were upcoming bathroom stops, and also gave the group some options to decide on the amount of time to spend at different stops, subject to the group's interests. We decided to forgo free walking time in Inverness to allow a longer visit at scenic Urquhart Castle. Above all, we got back to the cruise ship with an hour to spare prior to sail away. This personal touch and attention to detail really sets Thistle Excursions apart from other tour operators.
    Written 25 August 2023
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    Hi. Thank you for taking the time to write all it that down. Your tour was on a small bus but you still had that personal touch from Rhona which is what we aim for. We are Priveleged that you have shared your great experience with others. Thank you so much.
    Written 27 August 2023
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    ray m
    Brisbane, Australia1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2023 • Couples
    We had a good series of emails while booking to clarify the cruise lines confusing timelines, and everything turned out rosy. Excellent communications all the way along the line. Rhona was a great and enthusiastic Guide and the whole day was a delight. Highly recommended.
    Written 20 August 2023
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    Great you had such a good experience with Rhona. Thank you for the review.
    Written 23 August 2023
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    Debra S
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2023 • Couples
    We really lucked out by choosing Thistle Tours to see the Highlands. Our tour included the Clava Cairns, the Culloden Battlefields, Cawdor Castle, Loch Ness, Urquart Castle, hairy coos and more! Our guide, June, was fantastic from beginning to end and was really knowledgeable about the area and the history. And she was a lovely person to spend the day with. We also really like the small group
    Can like Thistle uses vs large motor coaches. We could not have been happier with the whole experience and we have done a lot of traveling so we know what a great excursion it was. We highly recommend Thistle Tours.
    Written 17 August 2023
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    Everyone loves June. She really cares about her guests. Thank you for the great review.
    Written 23 August 2023
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    mdoughty
    Houston, Texas14 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2023 • Family
    We booked this tour for Urquhart Castle. We received an email the day before the excursion saying that the minibus we were booked on had to go to the garage and asked if we wanted to change to another tour. This tour was on a bus, which would not go to Urquhart Castle, but would go to Cawdor Castle instead. Other excursions were full by that late time, so we decided to make the switch. We were glad that we were given the option, instead of just having our tour cancelled. We enjoyed the history of Culloden Moor, Clava Cairns, and the quick view we had of Loch Ness. The Gardens at Cawdor Castle were beautiful, and there was bagpipe music. We had some time to walk through Inverness. The tour guide Mo was very knowledgeable, the bus driver was fantastic, and the scenery was beautiful. The only downside - we spent way too much time at a souvenir shop that had Highland Cattle beside it, which was not on the itinerary I had. We made it back to the ship with only 10 minutes to spare.
    Written 25 July 2023
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    Hi there We find that most people want to see the highland cows. We only spend around 15-20 minutes at that farm. No pressure to go to shop if you don’t want to. Apologies about the switch but it was worthwhile as you said. Cawdor castle is beautiful indeed. Mo is an excellent professional guide with a lot of history knowledge. We aim to be back to the ship 1 hour before but that day was very busy. You did return at. 5.20pm but the ship was due to sail at 6.00pm. It did leave at 6.15pm. You were 10 minutes prior to the time the ship told you to return by which was 5.30pm but in real terms that’s actually 40 minutes prior. The ship says an earlier time so that you’re not late. Often it’s own buses are later than any independent tours. So glad it worked out for you though. Thank you
    Written 27 July 2023
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    Jennifer M
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jun 2023 • Couples
    June was a great source of information and a delightful person. We enjoyed all of our stops. Ireland is an amazing place with so much ancient history. We loved the gardens of Cawldor castle and the scenery was fantastic everywhere we looked. They picked us up at the port in a van with another couple which was a plus. A lovely day.
    Written 25 July 2023
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    Thank you for the great review. We appreciate you taking the time to write it.
    Written 27 July 2023
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