MS Koningsdam - The Dunrobin Castle Group Tour - August 9th
Our signature tour takes in some of the most beautiful sights the area has to offer from Millionaire's View to the Falls of Shin. The highlight of the day is a visit to the magical and magnificent Dunrobin Castle. Guests will arrive in good time for the falconry display (not to be missed) and will have plenty time to peruse the Castle, Grounds and Museum. The afternoon then takes you to The Royal Burgh of Dornoch.
9:30am you will arrive at Millionaire's Viewpoint (as it's known to the locals) which is the first stop and there will be plenty time to take pictures before the tour descends in to the Glen through Bonar Bridge on your way to The Falls of Shin and the Salmon Leap. Atlantic Salmon can often be seen leaping the falls, making the final push toward their birthplace for the cycle to start all over again.
10am - The Falls of Shin Visitor Centre & Salmon Leap. Atlantic Salmon can often be seen leaping the falls, making the final push toward their birthplace for the cycle to start all over again. Even without the salmon jumping it's a beautiful spot providing a relaxing start to the day. The visitor centre also features restrooms and a cafe.
10:30am - the tour then makes its way through the villages of Lairg and Rogart taking you back in time to and showing you the harsh rugged beauty of the Scottish Highlands on your way to Dunrobin Castle.
11:15am - Dunrobin Castle & Gardens is very popular with locals and it always goes down well with our guests. The falconry display is amazing - Andy (The Falconer) has been working with local birds for over 25 years and his knowledge and passion shine through. He's a very interesting character and many people say it's the best they've seen in the world. The castle looks like it is straight out of a fairy-tale and set in the Scottish Highlands it looks magnificent. Dunrobin also has a wonderfully unique museum and taxidermy collection for those who are interested.
1:30pm - The adventure then heads south through Golspie to the Royal Burgh of Dornoch, one of Scotland's most picturesque villages.
2-3:30pm - Dornoch is home to a stunning golden sandy beach and a world class golf course but even without these things it just takes you to another time altogether. The old Jail has been turned into a shop selling locally made, hand crafted gifts, jewellery and works of art, if you're looking for souvenirs. The Cathedral also draws lots of visitors with a collection of beautiful stained glass windows. Dornoch is also a great place to stop for lunch with lots of options including a local bakery, a patisserie, a gallery, the Eagle hotel (great fish and chips) and The Carnegie Courthouse so there's something to suit all tastes.
4pm - Arrive back in Invergordon