Iain’s Invergordon

Best known perhaps for “Nessie,” Loch Ness is only an hour’s drive from the Port of Invergordon. Of course, cruise passengers intent on pursuing the Loch Ness Monster are welcome to do so. She is said to lurk in the Loch’s dark depths, which extends to more than 250 meters in places.

But there’s a lot more for cruise passengers to do in Invergordon than to chase sea monsters, says Iain Dunderdale, cruise development manager for Cruise Highlands Ltd., the cruise liner marketing arm of Cromarty Firth Port Authority.

There are plenty of castles, including Cawdor Castle, Dunrobin Castle, Brodie Castle; distilleries, such as the Glenmorangie Distillery; and golf courses, including the Royal Dornoch Golf Course. There’s no shortage of gardens, forts and battlefields.

For those prefer active pursuits, the region also offers cycling, hill walking, mountain biking, nature spotting and adventure parks.

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