My family will be stopping in Invergordon for 1 day this September during our Cruise. We have chosen to rent a car for the day, 8am-5pm and I am having some trouble deciding on a good driving route and itinerary. Definitely interested in seeing some good highland scenery and am open to any itinerary suggestions. Thanks!
You have lots of options.
First, if you want to go to Culloden, it will take you about an hour. It opens at 9 AM so that should work out well. After Culloden, you might want to visit the Clava Cairns. They are within 10 minutes by car of Culloden's parking lot. You could then visit Fort George. It's at most a half hour drive. Then you could go to Cawdor Castle. It about 15 minutes away max. You could then got to Inverness and shop and explore or have an ale. It's about a half hour max to the city. You should park at Eastgate Mall. You can walk to everything from there and then head back to Invergordon.
Alternately, you could head north to see Dunrobin Castle. It will take a little under an hour to get there. You could stop at Dornoch and see the cathedral and the golf course. So you would need to factor that time into your schedule. Just beyond Dunrobin there is broch. The car park is on the left. Dornoch Firth back to the south is an interesting place to explore.
Alternatively, if you want to learn about the clearances, you might head to Bettyhill. It will take from 2.5 to 3 hours. There is wonderful museum and you can also stop at Strathnavar to explore the valley and the former communities.
You could also drive to the west coast. There are several options, you'll have more driving time, but it will take from 2 plus hours to get there and then another 2 plus hours back.
If you are just looking for a gorgeous glen to walk in, consider going to Glen Affric. You can stop off at Beauly or go into Inverness.
There's more suggestions, but this should be a good start.
Thank you for the suggestions. I was thinking maybe Glenn affric but the coast also sounds interesting. Is Loch Ness worth seeing?
More thanks to Pam.