Inverness is one of Scotland’s major cruise ports and a great place to visit during a cruise vacation. The port is located a short walk from the city center, and while there you may discover a local charm unlike any you’ve experienced before. Majestic street art, boutiques, and cafes will instantly greet you upon arrival. If you’re interested in castles, churches, and museums, you’ll love spending time in Inverness before or after your cruise. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of the legendary Loch Ness monster, who calls the Highlands home. Scotch-lovers will jump at the opportunity to take whiskey distillery tours and tastings.
A great time to visit Inverness is between May and September.
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These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Inverness, along with a brief description:
♦ Loch Ness
The legendary Loch Ness is just a short drive (approximately 30 minutes) from Inverness (it’s also a stop on Lindblad’s itinerary). Not only will you be surrounded by stunning scenery, but the remains of Urquhart Castle overlook the water. You’re even able to climb up one of the towers and absorb some of the most stunning views of Loch Ness and the surrounding Scottish Highlands. A restaurant and gift shop are located nearby, so you can grab a bite to eat before or after your visit, and browse the many exciting Loch Ness monster souvenirs to mark your visit.
If you’re looking to visit some castles that are not in ruins while spending time in Inverness, then be sure to save time for Dunrobin Castle and Cawdor Castle. Dunrobin Castle is one of the largest inhabited castles in the Highlands, featuring almost 200 rooms. Visitors can gain entry to the falconry display, gardens, and museum. There is also a gift shop and tea room. If you want to tour the inside of an active castle, Cawdor Castle includes a tour of the castle, gardens, and nature trails. Other castles in Inverness that are worth checking out include Fort George (which now serves as a history museum) and Castle Stuart (restored with a golf course).
♦ Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
If you’re culturally curious, you might consider checking out the Inverness Museum and Art Gallery. This museum is wonderful way to learn more about the unique history and culture of the Scottish Highlands. Among the many exhibits, you can view ancient artifacts, art collections, artisan crafts, and many more things that tell the story of Scotland’s vast history. There is also a café where you can taste some local cuisine for yourself.
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