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Invergordon, United Kingdom-port

Invergordon has a tremendous history stretching back through two World Wars. Ideally situated in the center of the eastern Highlands, Invergordon received its name from Sir William Gordon, a landowner of the 18th century. For centuries the estate on which Invergordon now stands was known as Inverbreakie, or “the mouth of the Breakie.” The Breakie presumably is the stream which enters the Firth at Rosskeen Bridge, near the old parish church west of the present Town.

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Below is a list of those shore excursions previously offered in this port. For information on which shore excursions will be offered on a particular cruise, please reference the specific itinerary of that cruise.

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Gourmet Explorer Gourmet Explorer
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • A Taste of Scotland - Glenmorangie
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Dunrobin Castle
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Loch Ness & Urquhart Castle
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Scenic Moorland Drive & Dornoch
    Light Activity /WalkingMinimal Activity Required
  • Tea With a Clan Chief - Foulis Castle
    Light Activity /Walking

A Taste of Scotland - Glenmorangie

Light Activity /Walking

Duration: 3 1/4 hours

Tour Code: ING-006

To connoisseurs of the `water of life`, no visit to the beautiful Scottish Highlands would be complete without a visit to the distillery that produces Glenmorangie, Scotland's favorite malt whisky. Situated in the far north of Scotland, overlooking the shores of the Dornoch Firth, the name Glenmorangie comes from the Gaelic language and means `Glen of Tranquility`, a particularly appropriate description for the distillery's calm and scenic location.

A 30-minute coach ride brings you to Glenmorangie, which has been producing a fine range of malt whiskies for over 150 years. The methods by which the range is made today remain as unchanged as the surrounding landscape. The pure, mineral-rich water, so essential to Glenmorangie still comes from their own Springs and the best malted barley is brought in from the surroundings areas. One of Glenmorangie's most valued resources is the sixteen dedicated craftsmen who have, despite two world wars, fire, drought and other adversities, faithfully passed on their traditional skills from old hands to new. In more than 150 years, the distillery has had only six managers. The workforce is only sixteen strong and it is solely due to the efforts of successive generations of local families that Glenmorangie has maintained a continuous tradition to the distillers' art.

Upon arrival, a personally guided tour will introduce you to the natural elements and the time-honored traditional skills which make Glenmorangie so special. You'll see the gleaming swan-neck copper stills - the tallest in the Highlands, casks of American oak, operating equipment and methods used in the various stages of processing fine malt whisky. Following an approximately 45-minute tour of the distillery, you'll be treated to a taste of Glenmorangie with the sampling of a `wee dram`.

Your visit also includes the opportunity to spend time in the Visitor Center, which was converted from the distillery's original still-house. Here, you will find a magnificent 130 year-old working steam engine, tales from the `Sixteen Men of Tain`, artifacts from the distillery's past, and a model still. You can also discover the ancient skills of coopering and malting and the effects of wood on whisky.

Before leaving, take some time to browse in the distillery shop which contains a wide range of whiskies for sale, including the wood finished malts, together with a selection of beautifully made gifts and clothing items.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 1 1/2 hours of walking, as well as a significant number of steps to negotiate. The tour is not considered suitable for wheelchair guests and guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. Guests should be prepared for the possibility of rain. The order of sites visited may vary.