Cruise – Day 5 (Invergordon/Inverness, Scotland)

Our second stop in Scotland was at Invergordon.  This was a tiny little town but was near a slightly larger city of Inverness.  From my research prior to the trip, most of the sights in this area required some form of transportation.  We hadn’t pre-arranged any transportation so last-minute a day or two before we arrived we ended up booking a shore excursion through the cruise.  One thing that D wanted to see were castles since the Highlands are supposed to be known for them.  Also just seeing the scenery and lushness of the area was also something to see.  We elected to take a pretty easy trip to Loch Ness (where the famous “Nessie” or Loch Ness monster is supposed to live) along with Urquhart Castle, which lies on the shores of the lake.

Shore excursions often have fairly tight time regulations so we prepared and went to bed early and got up early so we could get to our bus in time.  This earlier morning wakeup allowed me to get some nice shots as we pulled into Invergordon – Port of Cromarty Firth (luckily the ship could dock so we didn’t have to take any tenders).

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I guess the ocean around these parts have a lot of oil so there are plenty of oil rigs just sitting out in the sea.  Invergordon is a port where they drag the oil rigs back towards shore for maintenance and other construction so there were some that were getting retrofitted.

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Our tour was mostly a bus tour where we saw a lot of things while in the bus.  I tried to get shots of various areas as we made our way to Loch Ness.

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