Welcome to Thistle Excursions

Thistle Excursions has been created for your pleasure - to provide you with a unique guided tour and experience of the Highlands when your cruise ship docks in Invergordon.


Thank you to all of our wonderful customers in 2023 - we had a great season! Check out our guides' fantastic 5* reviews on Trip Advisor  

WE STILL HAVE SEATS IN JULY 2024 on Regal Princess, MSC Preziosa, Costa Favalosa, AIDAsol, Mein Schiff 3, Europa and Caribbean Princess from


2025 cruise ship dates will be input around mid summer!

IF YOU DO NOT SEE WHAT YOU NEED PLEASE EMAIL US on info@thistleexcursions.co.uk


  Book online or email us on info@thistleexcursions.co.uk 

Ships being updated daily. If your ship's date doesn't appear please contact us.  We especially love serving the Regal Princess, Nieuw Statendam, Aida ships,  MSC Preziosa, Mein Schiff 3, Jewel of the Seas, Costa ships and Norwegian Dawn - regular callers to our Scottish Highlands.

We also offer from 2024 bespoke tours in various size groups from 8 onwards in Brazilian-Portuguese - our guide is fluent and will take the tour in your language - email to book or discuss on info@thistleexcursions.co.uk

Also we are happy to arrange tours to the ISLE OF SKYE on non-ship days - email us to check availability and prices - 6 passenger onwards please. 


Our tour prices compare competitively with other shore excursions of the same duration (6-7.5 hours) but we include much more - quality is our aim.  Our guides are personable and knowledgeable about the Scottish Highlands.  Timings depend on whether a 4, 8, 16, 19, 33 or 57 seater vehicle.

We take bookings via PayPal but you do not need a PayPal account to pay, as it takes ordinary debit or credit cards without being a member.  Alternatively email us and we can invoice you to your email address so you can also pay by debit or credit card. 

  Our prices range from £116-£169 depending on the tour ($120-200 US dollars at time of writing) per person for our usual tours. Bespoke or Private tour prices will vary according to requirements.

We can also accommodate non cruise ship visitors to the Highlands so contact us for a price.

You are all welcome on our tours


If you need to make an enquiry please email us on info@thistleexcursions.co.uk

or Whatsapp or Phone +44 7751 227367

Landline: +44 1349 852852

We aim to be courteous, kind, understanding, engaging and interesting and our guides will be there to assist you during the day. Please see further information about our tours on our FAQ Page

We are aware of the departure time of your ship and will have you back in port at least 1 hour before your ship leaves, so please be assured you are in safe hands. 

If you cannot find what you are looking for or your ship is missing from the extensive list, please email us as we do offer.

PLEASE NOTE FOR ALL THE 'small print' and rules and regulations; also cancellation policy please scroll down to the bottom where it says FAQ's where your questions will most likely be answered. 

Thanks - Maxine 

BESPOKE OR SPECIAL PRIVATE tours of the Highlands in luxury private 4 seater cars or our 8 seater minivan. Please note bespoke private tours are more expensive than going with others. Email info@thistleexcursions.co.uk

Tell us what you would like to see or no ask us for ideas. 

We are happy to plan your special tour.


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Viator review: Urquhart Castle, Culloden, Loch Ness, Inverness & Outlander sites I don't know if there's enough space to tell all that I loved about this! Thank you Maxine, Seoris, Lottie, and Michael! I got everything I wanted and more! Lots of time in town, at the battlefield, the c... Full Story...
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