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Tour 3 - Urquhart Castle, Culloden, Loch Ness, Inverness, incl. Outlander sites provided by Thistle Excursions - Invergordon Bus or Coach Tours

Tour 3 - Urquhart Castle, Culloden, Loch Ness, Inverness, incl. Outlander sites

Tour 3 - Urquhart Castle, Culloden, Loch Ness, Inverness, incl. Outlander sites
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
6–8 hours
Wheelchair accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    6–8 hours
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Our tour is based on a quality experience from feedback from our customers in 2019. We are a new company who aim to please and our guides will offer you local knowledge and answer all your questions. This tour is provided in a luxury 4 seater car (BMW or Lexus) or a luxury 8 seater minvan (Tourneo or Mercedes). You are guaranteed the personal touch from our friendly and expert guides. If you are a German guest we can sometimes provide you with a German-speaking guide, but usually our tour is in English.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 6-8 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
German, English, Italian, French
Know before you go
  • Duration: 6-8 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
German, English, Italian, French
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 112983P3
Call 0061 (87) 2285 255
Important information
Inclusions
  • Bottled water
  • Parking Fees
  • Entry/Admission - Urquhart Castle
Exclusions
  • Snacks
  • Entry/Admission - Culloden Battlefield
Duration
6–8 hours
Departure details
  • Shore Road, Shore Rd, Invergordon IV18, UK If you dock directly in Invergordon port, please walk from ship to the port gates, cross road and our tour guides wearing purple will greet you and send you to our bus, quite close by. 2-5 minutes walk.
  • Saltburn, Invergordon IV18 0JP, UK If there are two cruise ships in the day you dock, you might be tied up at Saltburn pier, in which case you get onto the shuttle bus at your ship; it takes you the mile into town of Invergordon. Our guides, will meet you there, usually by the museum, otherwise you may go to our booking office.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • Bottled water
  • Parking Fees
  • Entry/Admission - Urquhart Castle
Exclusions
  • Snacks
  • Entry/Admission - Culloden Battlefield
Departure details
  • Shore Road, Shore Rd, Invergordon IV18, UK If you dock directly in Invergordon port, please walk from ship to the port gates, cross road and our tour guides wearing purple will greet you and send you to our bus, quite close by. 2-5 minutes walk.
  • Saltburn, Invergordon IV18 0JP, UK If there are two cruise ships in the day you dock, you might be tied up at Saltburn pier, in which case you get onto the shuttle bus at your ship; it takes you the mile into town of Invergordon. Our guides, will meet you there, usually by the museum, otherwise you may go to our booking office.
Duration
6–8 hours
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Itinerary
  • You’ll have 2 starting options
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Urquhart Castle
    Stop: 100 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 2
    Loch Ness
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Inverness
    Stop: 100 minutes
    See details
    Pass by
    Culloden Viaduct
  • 4
    Clava Cairns
    Stop: 20 minutes
    See details
    Pass by
    Beauly Priory
  • 5
    Culloden Battlefield
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission excluded
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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Graham Y
1 contribution
Sep. 2021
Just like ti say a massive THANK YOU to Thistle Excursions & Maxine in particular.

30 minutes after booking Tour 3 for October 2021, I received an email from Maxine informing me that there was a possibility that due to Covid my Cruise Line was currently NOT allowing anybody ashore unless on a cruise line excursion.

This turned out to be true, something neither my Travel Agent or the Cruise Line informed me when I booked the cruise. (Note: Almost all on board excursions fully booked, therefore would have been captive on the ship for 13 days).

Thistle Excursions very promptly issued the refund.

Would highly recommend due to the excellent customer service and will certainly re-book with them in the future.

Thank you again for the heads up information and the very prompt refund,

PS My travel agent did manage to successfully cancel the cruise and am currently awaiting my full refund from the Cruise Line.
Written 4 September 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Daniela Bolte
1 contribution
Jun. 2020
We had planned to do Tour 3 with Thistle during our cruise. Unfortunately, our cruise was cancelled yesterday due to corona virus. Maxine is great and has already transferred our money in less than 24 hours back.
We'll be back in 2021 or 2022? :-)
Written 18 June 2020
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ThistleExcursions
Thank you for taking the time to review us. We hope to see you another year. You’ll live the magic and history of the Highlands x
Written 19 June 2020
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Cyrille F
1 contribution
Apr. 2020 • Family
Quick communication,nice contactand really professionnal. I would like to do another trip with them as soon as possible.
Written 29 April 2020
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ThistleExcursions
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you.
Written 30 April 2020
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domino115
London, Canada19 contributions
Apr. 2020
We were scheduled to go on a shore excursion to Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle in late May however our cruise was cancelled. We wrote to the company requesting a refund due to circumstances beyond everyone's control on late Friday and on Sunday we had an email from Maxine that we should have a refund shortly. We got a notification from PayPal to expect it within a few days.

I can't say how impressed we are that the company reacted so promptly. I will absolutely book with them if we get to Scotland.
Written 26 April 2020
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ThistleExcursions
Thank you for taking the time to review ya. We really appreciate it. Hope to see you another year. Take care.
Written 27 April 2020
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Adrienne C
13 contributions
Apr. 2020
We had arranged a private "Outlander" shore excursion for our May 2020 cruise, which unfortunately was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
When I reached out to Thistle Tours to cancel, Maxine responded immediately - at 9:00 p.m. on a Sunday night (!!!) to advise that a full refund would be applied to my credit card. I received the refund within 2 days, which is much better than any of the larger tour companies I have been dealing with.
I won't hesitate to book with Thistle Tours again if we do the same trip in 2021!
Written 16 April 2020
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ThistleExcursions
Thank you for taking the time to thank us. We really appreciate it and try to assist any time, day or night. Stay safe. Look
Written 17 April 2020
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Autolysej
Las Vegas, NV25 contributions
Apr. 2020
We had to cancel this trip because of CoVid 19. Thistle Tours refunded our payment immediately and with a lovely note expressing concern for our continued health. This was especially important since another tour company we had booked in another city refused to refund our money. Thistle Tours was really helpful and quick in answering all our of questions and providing excellent advice before we booked the tour. We are sorry that we will not be able to take it. We know that it would have been wonderful.
Written 12 April 2020
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ThistleExcursions
Thank you for your honest review. We would never keep anyone’s money if they cannot make the trip. We do hope to see you in 2022 or after. Take care c
Written 13 April 2020
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anw190
Sydney64 contributions
My wife and I and some friends booked a Thistle excursion for the day our cruise ship was planned to stop in Invergordon in May. Unfortunately, because of the coronavirius pandemic we had to cancel our trip and the excursion.

We contacted Thistle and they were great about organising a quick refund, despite the fact that they must be suffering significant financial hardship because of the shutdown of global tourism.

We were impressed with their honest and professional approach, and we will certainly rebook our day tour with them when we reorganise our trip for next year.
Written 26 March 2020
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ThistleExcursions
Thank you so much for your kind words. It is very worrying for us but we hope to be here in the future.
Written 28 March 2020
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Connie B
1 contribution
Mar. 2020 • Couples
Thistle has been so easy to work with in planning our shore excursions. I thought I knew what we wanted to do and then canceled and rebooked another shore excursion with Thistle. They did not miss a beat.

My husband and I have been planning this trip for over a year. To our surprise and the world’s we our faced with COVID 19. We had to cancel our Shore Excursion with Thistle and again they were right there to help. Canceling our excursion was simple, easy and handled with efficiency.

Thank you

Connie
Written 18 March 2020
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ThistleExcursions
Thank you for taking the time to write a review for me even though you couldn’t come to Scotland. I truly hope we will be able to take you on one of our tours in the future. You will be made most welcome. Maxine x
Written 20 March 2020
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Steve R
Hobart, Australia7 contributions
Mar. 2020
2020, by the time that it is over, will have been a disastrous season for many tour operators. The distress that many will have felt and the financial hardship that many will have suffered, may well have a lasting impact well beyond the life of the Covis-19 virus.

My wife and I had booked a cruise for June/July, a cruise that may well at the time of writing, still visit Invergordon (perhaps unlikely). As borders close around us, flights are cancelled and entry to various ports is denied at short notice, we felt there was little alternative but, to cut our losses and cancel our planned holiday; this included cancellation of a shore visit through Thistle excursions.

I know very little about the company or its personnel, but what I do know is very positive. First, they offer a very attractive product which competes very favourably with anything offered by the cruise companies, whilst at the same time offering an excellent cancellation policy that has proven its worth. I dealt with Maxine when the time came to cancel our planned excursion and though it saddened me to have to ask for a refund, she dealt with this immediately and the money has now been returned in full. If Maxine is representative of the rest of the staff at Thistle Excursions, then I am extremely confident that anyone booking an excursion with this company would have no cause for complaint.

Covid-19 will make us all reflect on the way that we live our lives; it has shown us how selfish and hysterical people can be, with their panic buying and me-first mentality. It has also shown us how stoical and compassionate we can be in the face of adversity. Companies like Thistle Excursions and people like Maxine deserve all our support and I can say that, I would be first in line to book an excursion with them in the future if we ever visit Scotland again.

I wish them well, as I do all the small businesses and individuals who will suffer real hardship as a result of the current contagion.

Steve R, March 2020
Written 15 March 2020
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ThistleExcursions
Thank you for taking the time to write a review for me even though you couldn’t come to Scotland. I truly hope we will be able to take you on one of our tours in the future. You will be made most welcome. Maxine x
Written 16 March 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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By: Thistle Excursions - Invergordon Bus or Coach Tours
9stilton
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DISASTER - cruisers don't waste your money!
We had the unfortunate experience of having Maxine (the owner) as our driver / guide & in her own words "she seldom
14clubs
14clubs
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Great company
We were very disappointed to cancel this tour when our cruise was cancelled but were EXTREMELY pleased when we were
colbe3
colbe3
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Excellent Company
Very quick communication. Excellent service when we needed to cancel. We will definitely use Thistle Excursions whe
D504TUpriscillas
D504TUpriscillas
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Excellent customer service in a difficult time
In this pandemic we unfortunately had to cancel. I was quite pleased with the quick response and personalized note
Chrysala
Chrysala
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Cancelled - Tour operator very kind and understanding
As our cruise had been cancelled we had to cancel the tour as well. We got an immediate response and refund. We can
JordanK1432
JordanK1432
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Thistle was a life savor during COVID!
Unfortunately, I could not do Tour 1 with the Dunrobin Fairy Tale castle, but boy did I want to! I had to cancel si
586farinam
586farinam
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Very friendly and professional organisation of tour plus handling during pandemic
I had lots of E-Mail contact with the owner of Thistle Excursions to plan a personal trip. Maxine was very helpful
BearberryBill
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Cancelled - Tour Operator Communicative and Understanding
We had planned on going on a cruise that would have taken us to Invergordon, Scotland this upcoming summer but canc
mlclark49
mlclark49
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Exceptional service with cancellation
We had booked what Maxine called a Bespoke Tour!! The itinerary was taylored to our individual needs. We were so
Alfred T
Alfred T
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"Uncommon Dedication"
Due to cancellation of our cruise to the British Isles scheduled at the end of May 2020, I reached out to Maxine Sm
sailaway157
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Thistle Excursions' Commitment to Providing Customers with Excellent Experiences
Thistle Excursions' owner/operator was extremely responsive and helpful in providing the details that we needed wh
nkp221
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cancellation
Maxine responded immediately to confirm our cancellation and refund. We will definitely book with her company agai
Christopher R
Christopher R
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The Novel Coronavirus Caused Cancellation of Our Tour
We were excited about touring the Invergordon area. Unfortunately, our June cruise was cancelled and we were able
kjupdike
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Prompt reply
Our cruise was canceled in May Due to the pandemic. I reached out to Thistle Excursions to cancel and refund our ex
bh7248
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Superior Customer Service
We had to cancel this excursion, due to the Covid19. This company had NO problem refunding our money. When we do b
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