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Invergordon, Scotland

Invergordon, Scotland


Invergordon is cruisers' deepwater gateway to the Scottish Highlands, a region of castles, wind-swept mountains, and the mysteries of Loch Ness. Much of northern Scotland's beauty and romance is within reach from this tiny port.

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AMBIENCE

Invergordon is a small, deep water port on Cromarty Firth. Fuel tanks from its days as a naval base cover the hillside, and floating oil rigs are often in port for repairs. However, the town's High Street is neat and attractive, with many walls decorated by local mural painters. Part of the sparsely-populated Highlands, the UK's largest local government district, the area is known for its rugged, glacier-worn mountains, deep bays (firths and sea lochs), and lakes (lochs). Inverness, southwest of Invergordon on Moray Firth, is the government seat for the region. With 47,000 residents, it's the northernmost city in the U.K. Of course, there's Scotch whisky to sample, golf links to play, and castles both lived-in and ruined to explore. And, lest we forget, there's the mysterious, "Nessie!"

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HISTORY

There's little "history" to Invergordon itself; most noteworthy was a 1931 mutiny on ships of the British fleet, following pay cuts imposed during the Great Depression. Inverness had far more strategic importance in the region, going back to the Picts. King Malcom III battled the Norse here, and he also razed MacBeth's castle. However, contrary to Shakespeare, MacBeth didn't murder Malcom's father, Duncan. In 1746, Culloden Moor was the site of the last battle waged on British soil, in which the Jacobites, who aimed to put the Stuarts back on the throne of England, were finally defeated. 

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FACTS

Size: Invergordon: 1.77 sq. mi. (4.6 sq. km.) /Inverness: 8 sq. mi. (20.9 sq. km.)
Climate: Oceanic Temperatures: 49°F (9°C) to 66°F (19°C)
Population 8,686/46,870 Busy Season Summer
Language: English, Scottish Gaelic Money: British Pound (£)
Time Zone: Greenwich Transportation: bus, train
Phones: Dial 011 44 01349 from the US, dial 999 for emergencies
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