Invergordon (Inverness), Scotland, United Kingdom
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Approximately 4½ Hours
Meals not included
This is a half-day tour to Scotland's most famous lake -- Loch Ness. It's also your opportunity to scour the loch's inky waters in search of Nessie -- the world's most famous waterhorse.
Traveling southwest from Invergordon, you'll follow the banks of the beautiful Cromarty Firth. Then, the drive passes through Muir of Ord and the town of Beauly (whose name means 'beautiful place'), with its atmospheric ruined abbey. A final descent winds down a steep hill toward the stupendous Loch Ness. This is Britain's largest volume of freshwater; its murky depths conjure up lurid tales of sightings of weird creatures, including, of course, the Loch Ness Monster.
Upon arrival at the loch, step aboard a boat for a cruise out onto these legendary waters, learning about its geology, history and, of course, its most famous inhabitant. Have your camera ready -- at best, you'll capture a shot that will internationally immortalize you if "the wee beastie" should show herself; at worst, you'll have some beautiful photos by which to remember the dramatic mountainous scenery surrounding the loch.
Head to Inverness -- capital of the Highlands -- for a brief city tour. The town is brimming with historical landmarks, including the Gothic-style Town Hall, Inverness Castle and the Tollbooth Steeple.
From here, return to the ship at Invergordon.
This tour is non-refundable within 7 days of the call at Invergordon. The boat ride may not be exclusive to Holland America Line guests. Inside seating may be limited in the case of inclement weather. Bring a waterproof outer layer.