Cruise Liner Visits
Inverness and Loch Ness are both popular destinations for cruise passengers disembarking in the Highlands. Although Inverness has it's own harbour, it is not suitable for the larger cruise ships which normally dock at the port of Invergordon on the shores of the Cromarty Firth - about half an hour north of Inverness.
Getting to Inverness or Loch Ness
Most cruise liners visiting Invergordon offer a programme of coach trips to various parts of the Highlands with many of these offering time in Inverness and / or visits to Loch Ness. Details of these tours will normally be available from your cruise operator.
In addition some passengers choose to disembark in Invergordon and make their own way around the area. The most convenient way to Inverness is by public bus service - this departs Invergordon High Street a couple of minutes walk from the ports and takes passengers direct to Inverness bus station in the city centre. Services on this route are run by Stagecoach Highland. Although less frequent, rail services operated by Scotrail can also be used to get between Invergordon and Inverness. Onward buses from Inverness towards Fort William run by Scottish Citylink give access to Loch Ness although it will normally be necessary to have quite a long spell ashore to fit such a trip in comfortably. Local tours are also available from Inverness to Loch Ness.