Inverness & Cawdor Castle Tour (with Fort George) from Invergordon Cruise Ship Port – Itinerary
The Inverness, Cawdor Castle and Fort George Tour from Invergordon Cruise Ship Port goes firstly to Fort George. Secondly we enjoy fairytale Cawdor Castle and Gardens (made famous by Shakespeare’s play Macbeth). This tour also allows us to enjoy some time in the Highland capital – Inverness. Free time, or perhaps a guided walk for part of your visit. Your choice!
The British army built Fort George between 1748 and 1769 because George II demanded it. He was determined to ensure that the Highland Clans would never rise in support of the exiled Stuart dynasty again. The encircling walls are a mile long, and it is still a British army garrison – being the current home of the Black Watch. There are exhibitions and displays within its walls, and its ramparts are one of the best locations for spotting the Moray Firth dolphins!
Cawdor Castle has been (and still is) the home of the Cawdor family since its construction, around 1380. A visit takes you through more than a dozen of its finest rooms, especially enjoyable because it is a living family home and not a museum. There are also three fine shops and a restaurant within the castle.
Cawdor Castle Gardens
Cawdor Castle Gardens are extensive. The Walled Garden (dating back to Renaissance times) contains the Paradise Garden, the Knot Garden, the Orchard and the Minotaur’s Maze). The Flower Garden, laid out in 1710, contains many sculptures, and the Wild Garden lies near the Cawdor Burn (the local river).
Inverness has long been known as the capital of the Highlands. It was here that the King of the Picts had his palace in 565 AD. The oldest buildings we now find in Inverness date from the 1500’s and 1600’s. The most significant buildings are probably the Castle, the Town House and the Cathedral, and as a result each offers an interesting visit. Inverness is now the bustling hub of the Highlands and so is filled with shops, cafes, bars, restaurants, art gallery and museum.
Inverness & Cawdor Castle Tour (with Fort George) Price
Inverness & Cawdor Castle Tour (with Fort George) from Invergordon Cruise Port – Departure
The tour departs from just outside the harbour gates. We will always inform you directly if there is any alteration of departure point.