Things to do in
Dornoch

Our most recommended things to do in Dornoch

From Inverness: Dunrobin Castle and Easter Ross Day Trip

1. From Inverness: Dunrobin Castle and Easter Ross Day Trip

Travel from Inverness, the Capital of the Highlands, across the Black Isle to Dunrobin Castle on this guided day trip. First, stop at Dunrobin Castle, a stately home in Sutherland, one of Britain's oldest continuously inhabited houses dating back to the early 1300s. Explore the French château with its fantastic gardens, 189 rooms, museums, ancient wardrobes, and clan artifacts, admiring the architecture from various angles. Get plenty of time to roam the grounds and soak up the history of this historic site. Then, stop for lunch in Dornoch, a Highland town popular with golfers and is home to an impressive cathedral. With a full belly, it's time to journey along the coast, where you'll take a jaunt out to Tarbat Ness Lighthouse. At the tip of the peninsula, be treated to an incredible view. Continuing your coastal adventure, you may just spot a bronze mermaid and a Pictish stone, so keep your eyes peeled and your driver will stop when they can for further exploration. With a small group, get more time off the bus and on the back roads. Arrive back in Inverness in the early evening.

Dunrobin Castle, Clynelish Distillery Tour From Invergordon

2. Dunrobin Castle, Clynelish Distillery Tour From Invergordon

Include,s , entry fees for Dunrobin Castle and a wee tasting at Clynelish Distillery Discover some of the most amazing sights, sounds and tastes the highlands has to offer with tours from invergordon cruise port. our local guide will meet you as you disembark from your cruise ship and take you on a scottish highland shore excursion like no other. Go on your own personal highland adventure, taking in the natural beauty of Dornoch and Millionaire’s View points and then Delve into the history of Dunrobin Castle, gardens and grounds, on to loch fleet a sea loch were can see seals if were are lucky and take time for culture and shopping at the famous town of Dornoch. Finally sample one of our well-known exports, the ‘water of life,’ at clynelish distillery, before heading back in good time to re-join your ship.

Shore excursion from Invergordon - Castles, Scenery & Whisky

3. Shore excursion from Invergordon - Castles, Scenery & Whisky

From Invergordon we will head north over Struie Hill which will afford magnificent views of the hills and glens of the Kyle of Sutherland. Taking in the wonderful Falls of Shin where depending on the time of year the leaping Salmon may make an appearance as they attempt to return to the spawning grounds. Thereafter travel through the townships of Lairg and Rogart as we head to Dunrobin Castle. Time here to absorb the castle and the impressive castle gardens and witness the Falconry display on the shores of the North sea. Thereafter a visit to the Nature reserve at Loch Fleet where the basking seals can be seen taking in the sun when the tide is out. (Seals are not always visible very much dependant on the tide). A trip into the picturesque town of Dornoch with its quaint shopping boutiques and welcoming cafes. Finishing the day of with a wee dram at the choice of Glenmorangie or Balblair Distillery before returning to Invergordon and the ship.

From Invergordon: Private Northern Highlands Shore Excursion

4. From Invergordon: Private Northern Highlands Shore Excursion

Embark on a private shore excursion in modern luxury vehicle to the Northern Scottish Highlands departing from the port in Invergordon. Visit historic and scenic landmarks such as Struie Viewpoint, Dunrobin Castle (option)and the Loch Fleet Nature Reserve with a flexible itinerary to suit your interests. Start with pickup from the Port of Invergordon. Hop into the vehicle and travel north to Struie Viewpoint where a brief photo stop is made. Spot a number of natural landmarks including the Kyle of Sutherland along Dornoch Firth. Travel further and pass through the villages of Ardgay and Bonar Bridge to the next stop at Achany and Falls of Shin Waterfall where migrating salmon can often be seen jumping the falls as they migrate further upstream. Pass through the village of Lairg and onwards to Dunrobin Castle. Upon (optional) entry to the Castle explore the beautiful gardens, the fascinating museum, and the magnificent falconry display. Next, you may take an optional visit to Clynelish Distillery and, if desired, taste some whisky samples and browse in the shop on site. Set off southward with a drive along the shores of Loch Fleet National Nature Reserve with a photo stop. Stop in the medieval town of Dornoch where you can browse the shops for bespoke, locally-crafted items. Golfing enthusiasts can also visit the pro shop at the world-famous Royal Dornoch Golf Course. After some time in Dornoch, travel back towards the port in Invergordon to your cruise ship.

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What people are saying about Dornoch

Our tour guide Scotty was very nice and welcoming. He knew a lot about the landmarks we drove past and he gave us time to look around. It was a fantastic experience!

Andy was very nice and knowledgeable. He took us to all sights promised and even included a stop at a distillery on the way home that turned out to be our favorite.