Shore Excursion - Dunrobin Castle & Dornoch

Capturing wild unspoilt scenery and fascinating history in a remote but beautiful part of Scotland this tour will provide you with memories to last a lifetime. Heading north from Invergordon you will travel through some spectacular highland scenery with wonderful views towards the mountains of Sutherland. Your first stop is the fascinating Falls of Shin where you can watch the mesmerising sight of wild salmon leaping upstream. Please note: Access to the viewing point is down a short, steep flight of wide concrete steps so make sure you bring good walking shoes and waterproof clothing. There are some beautiful short nature trails surrounding the falls should you want to explore a bit more. You can discuss some options with your guide when you are there. From here you will travel east to Dunrobin Castle, the largest in the Northern Highlands with 189 rooms. The castle is one of Britain’s oldest continuously inhabited houses dating back to the early 1300s, home to the Earls and later, the Dukes of Sutherland. It resembles a French château with its towering conical spires and the castle gardens are said to have been inspired by Palace of Versailles in Paris. You will have plenty of time to explore the many rooms with a vast collections of artefacts, enjoy a bite to eat or refreshment in the castle tearoom and take a walk through the beautiful gardens. Not to be missed is the impressive falconry displays which take place every afternoon. Leaving Dunrobin behind you will now travel the short distance south to the Royal Burgh of Dornoch, a bustling coastal town home to an impressive 13th century Cathedral and Old Town Jail, now a contemporary-designed offering a great selection of unique Scottish gift ideas, and luxurious cashmere. Keen golfers will recognise the championship course said to be one of the finest in the world. Look out for the witches’ stone – The town is also reputedly where the last witch in Scotland was burnt in 1722! No trip to Scotland is complete without a dram of our national drink, Whisky. If you would like to incorporate a visit to a distillery while you are here, your guide can arrange this for you? With so much to see and do you will have plenty of options throughout the day. Your guide will be happy to customise the tour to your own interests and you are sure to go home with memories to last a lifetime.  
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