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Silversea "Scotland's Tattoo" Cruise

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ABOVE: A competitor flings a weight at the Tain Highland Gathering, which is the place to go if you need bouncers for your nightclub.

Invergordon (Inverness) shore excursions

Continued from: Port of Invergordon

During the Silver Whisper's port call in Invergordon, we took the free Silversea shuttle bus to Inverness, capital of the Highlands and gateway to Loch Ness. (The Loch Ness Exhibition Centre is 14 miles away.)

Inverness is a lively trading center with a good selection of department stores and shops that cater mostly to local people. It does have shops of interest to tourists, such as James Pringle Weavers (where you can watch tartans being made). We saw a number of kilt shops, but Durant resisted the temptation to dress up as Sean Connery on Formal Night.

After the half-hour ride back to the ship, we joined the ship's excursion to the Tain Highland Gathering in a field by the sea within 15 minutes of the port. We spent the afternoon watching pipe bands, kilted throwers of cabers and stones, young Scottish dancers, and other competitors from as far away as Australia. The Glenmorangie distillery sponsored the event, and the admission ticket included a coupon good for a "wee dram" of Glenmorangie's single Highland malt whisky. (Note to whisky drinkers: "Glenmorangie" rhymes with "orangey." Now we've cleared that up, you can feel comfortable ordering it at Scottish bars.)

Other Silversea excursions from Invergordon included a visit to Foulis Castle, seat of the Clan Munro, and the salmon leap at the Falls of Shin.

For more information on Inverness and the Scottish Highlands, see:

Inverness, Scotland

Highlands of Scotland Tourist Board

To arrange your own excursions from Invergordon, visit shoreexcursions.co.uk, where two locals--Nigel and Elaine--offer half- and full-day tours and guided walks. (Their minibus accommodates up to seven passengers, and you can book by the seat or reserve the entire van. Tour possibilities include castles, the Dalmore Distillery, the Falls of Shin, and Loch Ness.)

Next page: Port of Stornoway (Outer Hebrides)


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"Scotland's Tattoo" ports and sights

Copenhagen Londonderry
Rosyth (Edinburgh) St. Peter Port (Guernsey)
Invergordon (Inverness) Zeebrugge (Bruges)
Stornoway (Outer Hebrides) Tilbury (London)

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