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Making the Most of Invergordon, Scotland

Making the Most of Invergordon, Scotland


GETTING THERE

The Disney Magic docks at Admiralty Pier in Invergordon, where she'll be greeted by pipers and dancers. The pier has a tourist info kiosk and a small gift shop, but little else. The High Street is a block away, but it has little to offer but a handful of shops and the murals that adorn its sturdy, stone walls. Inverness, a 25 mile drive to the south, can be reached by bus and train from the nearby stations. Ken's Garage has a £60 car rental rate for cruisers, with pickup and drop off at the pier. http://www.bannermangroup.co.uk/peugeot/rental/ +44 01862 842266. Scotland Taxi Tours is located at the pier +44 07890 512748 http://www.scotlandtaxitours.com. On July 7, 2017 the Magic is alone in port; All Ashore is 11:00 am, All Aboard is 7:15 pm. On July 18, 2017 three ships will be berthed. All Ashore is 7:00 am, All Aboard is 6:00 pm. 

 

 

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EXCURSIONS

Disney Cruise Line currently lists 37 excursions for Invergordon; few involve less than an hour of bus travel, and many (including all Loch Ness trips) require closer to two. The Castle of Mey (IN09) and Wild West Highlands (IN10) trips include five to six hours on the road, but the West Highlands trip may be worth it! Many tours pass through Inverness, though few will stop there (read the descriptions carefully). Does a mysterious creature occupy Loch Ness? 12 tours address the question that has been driving Highlands tourism since the 1930s. We like Loch Ness, Water Monsters and Highland Castles (IN05), a good "taster" that includes time at Culloden, Cawdor, and Inverness. Another kind of "taster" takes you to whisky distilleries. The Steam Train and Whisky tour (IN14) offers Hogwarts Express-style romance and scenery, but it's a long day. Glenmorangie Whisky and Royal Dornoch (IN22) is attractive for a half-day. Of the active Port Adventures, we think the walking and golf excursions (two Tom Morris-designed courses!) are most attractive. Highland Horseback Trekking (IN19) seems a bit overpriced for 90 minutes in the saddle. Foulis and Dunrobin Castles are close to port and offer a nice glimpse of Great House life. Scottish Style - Bagpipes and Tartan (IN25) gives you a taste of Foulis Castle and scratches the woolens-shopper's itch. $1199 per person for a 35-minute helicopter flight (IN21) just doesn't add up for us, unless they can promise a landing on Nessie's back!

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SAFETY

Crime rates are very low in the Scottish Highlands, especially where tourists are involved, though normal precautions should still be taken. Care should be taken crossing streets, as traffic flow is opposite to that found in Europe and the Americas. The weather is changeable, so bring cozy, windproof layers when you go out.

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FACTS

Size: 1.4 sq. mi. (3.6 sq. km.) town 380 sq. mi. (990 sq. km.) Orkney Islands
Climate: Maritime Temperatures: 50°F (10°C) to 61°F (16°C)
Population 8,686/21,000 Busy Season Summer
Language: English Money: British Pound (£)
Time Zone: Greenwich Transportation: Walking, taxis
Phones: Dial 011 44 1856 from the US, dial 999 for emergencies
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