Tour 1) Harry Potter, Madonna and Whisky Galore
Tour 1) Harry Potter, Madonna and Whisky Galore
Tour 1) Harry Potter, Madonna and Whisky Galore

Tour 1 – Harry Potter, Madonna and Whisky Galore

Here we have blended the fairy tale of Harry Potter and his on screen fame, along with the American starlet, Madonna and her marriage to Guy Ritchie and son's baptism at Dornoch Cathedral.  In Dornoch you will encounter the basic ingredient of Scotland and the Highlands especially – its famous whiskies, by sampling various blends or malts, whilst at the Glenmorangie Distillery, not only delight in how their Highland whisky is made, but experience true malt whisky luxury in the tasting session.  Dornoch has a myriad of little streets to explore, containing amazing and unique shops, as well as delightful cafes.  Discount vouchers for the eating places will be given out on this excursion to make your adventure even more enjoyable.

At Black Rock Gorge, not only do you have an enjoyable short trek through a Highland forest, but you see the geological marvel of the deepest gorge in Scotland.  Harry Potter enthusiasts must have also shared this thought, as they chose this location for the filming of Harry Potter – Goblet of Fire. You might even see a red squirrel, stoat, rabbit, deer or a wild cat.  If you are really lucky you might get an elusive glimpse of the Highland black panther, which haunts our local woodland.


We aim to give you a full day of adventure and enjoyment, making you as comfortable as possible.  We hope you will return again and again to visit the Scottish Highlands, as this is all but a taster session, although you will have plenty of time to experience every aspect of the Thistle tour.

What's included in the price?

Water refreshments will be provided on the coach, as well as waterproof rain macs should you require one.  Entry fees into the Glenmorangie Distillery are also included and there is no entry fee to Invergordon museum should you wish to visit at the conclusion of the bus tour.  For £59 this full day tour is a bargain; we aim to please and want to give you a quality experience at an affordable price.

Tour One Itinerary

This tour will see you leaving Invergordon, your Highland port of call, around 10.30

Black Rock Gorge - Harry Potter Experience

Black Rock GorgeWe will take you a few miles away to the little village of Evanton, where we will drive up the hill then disembark for a short 500m walk to the Black Rock Gorge, itself a geological marvel.  Here Harry Potter the Goblet of Fire was filmed in 2008.  The walk will take you over two wooden bridges over the deep gorge and through fairylike woodland, where the filming took place.  This will take around 1 hour in total.  Please put on your walking shoes and it is unsuitable for disabled passengers, but they may wait on the coach and listen to local Scottish music.

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Historic Dornoch - Whisky and chocolate

DornochAround 11.30 you will leave for the lovely and historic town of Dornoch, about 18 miles north of Evanton, arriving around 12.00.   Here a guide will meet us and introduce you to the many many things to see and do in Dornoch, from historic walks starting at the museum, to visiting amazing shops that will delight you, including candles, jewellery, books, antiques, Golf Pro shop, the castle hotel, the Jail, the Whisky Cellar etc. and you have to visit Cocoa Mountain, where everything is made with chocolate!  You can have a bite of lunch or simply afternoon tea, the choice is yours. 

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The Carnegie Whisky Cellars Tasting Room

Visit the Carnegie Whisky Cellars for Whisky Tastings and Gin Master Classes 

Blind Whisky Tasting – this is so enjoyable, don't miss it.

Have some whisky fun and test your nosing skills in this 45 minute experience.

Independently compare 2 single malts and 1 blended whisky to try to discern where they come from.          

Dornoch Cathedral - Madonna's wedding

Dornoch CathedralVisitors love seeing the 17th century cathedral where Madonna married Guy Ritchie in 2000.  You can hear all about it from the church’s own guide. 

We often hear from cruise passengers that they do not get long enough on a tour, but we are making up for that, as you have a leisurely 2.75 hours to take your time, eat in comfort and walk at a slow pace.  Everything is close to the town centre. We will leave here around 14.45.

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Glenmorangie Distillery

Glenmorangie DistilleryAround 15.00 we will depart for the short journey of about 10 miles to the Glenmorangie Distillery, which takes us just about 15 minutes away from the port of Invergordon.  You will be shown around the distillery with their own experienced guide, culminating in a short walk to view the wildlife at the Cromarty Firth within the distillery grounds and having a tasting session of the famous Glenmorangie Original, not forgetting their shop with various whiskies made at the distillery on sale for your delights.  This section of the tour takes about 1.25 hours, but is unsuitable for the disabled, as there are steps to climb, however the less able may wish to sit and partake of a whisky whilst the others look around. We will leave the Glenmorangie around 16.30 to take you back to your ship for 5pm.

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You will arrive back at your ship for around 17.00.

You may wish to pop into the local Invergordon museum and discover all about the town's naval history and its oil rigs.

This tour is a full day tour, packed full of special delights and memories, which you will take home with you of the Scottish Highlands.  Haste ye back!

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Prices: Adult - £59.00, Kids - £45

DateVesselTime
06 September 2019Crown Princess09:30Details

If you cannot find your ship or your preferred tour in the booking section please email us as we also sometimes offer bespoke tours in smaller vehicles. 

We like to say ‘yes’ to your requests so will do our best to accommodate you.  Email: info@thistleexcursions.co.uk.

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