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Invergordon

  • Invergordon Naval Museum & Heritage Centre

    This small free museum, funded by donations, this is a great example of a small town museum, packed with interesting facts and social history, some history of the town, the port, and the navy.

    This area is no longer a navy base, but the oil deep water rigs are repaired here, find out why HMS Natal blew up, learn how important the Cromarty Firth area was in both wars and what you can still see in the town from these wars

    They cater to the crowds from the cruise ships so the museum and several stores are only open when the ships are docked.

    • Invergordon Naval Museum & Heritage Centre postcode IV18 0AE
    • Invergordon Naval Museum & Heritage Centre Geolocation 57.688833 Longitude -4.161973
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  • Invergordon lies in a particularly beautiful part of the Highlands of Scotland, the village lies near the head of a Firth or Fjord on an arm of the North Sea, and is surrounded by mountains and gentle rolling farmland.

    The shoreline road (B817) to Invergordon forms part of the historic Pictish Trail and the Ross and Cromarty Naval Trail both of which are a welcoming and less travelled detour off the A9 trunk road and Moray Firth Tourist Route and boasts stunning views towards the western Beins and Black Isle. There is cycling, hill walking, mountain biking, nature spotting and adventure parks all well worth the visit The unique features of Invergordon lie in the deep sheltered waters of the Cromarty Firth allowing several large liners to dock simultaneously, offering a very large number of different and exciting shore excursions such as Cawdor Castle, Dunrobin Castle, Brodie Castle, Loch Ness, Dornoch Cathedral, Inverewe Gardens, Fort George, Culloden Battlefield, Falls of Shin, Glenmorangie Distillery, the Golf Club overlooks the Cromarty Firth and has stunning views towards Fyrish Monument, Ben Wyvis and Wester Ross, there are several interesting walks which incorporate many colourful murals painted onto local buildings, depicting the history of the town.

    Longer scenic walks are possible along both the east shore towards Saltburn beach & woodland and westwards towards Linear Park with views of imposing oil rigs berthed in the Cromarty Firth, Invergordon Boating Club From April to October has a full programme of racing and instruction, club members have access to a small clubhouse and boat compound for storing their boat In late spring each year they have an open day to give people a chance to experience small boat sailing.

    • Invergordon Latitude: 57.688106 Longitude: -4.172882 
    • Invergordon Postcode IV18
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    As early as the 13th century a castle has stood here but the modern burgher grew up only when the castle and the estate had been purchased in the early 18th century by a local landowner Sir William Gordon of Embo, who drew up plans for the construction of the town and changed the name from Inverbreakie to Invergordon. The first harbour was built at Invergordon in 1828, they soon realized that the Cromarty Firth provided one of the largest, deepest and safest anchorages in the British Isles, it became a vital Royal Navy base with a dock yard and fuelling facilities for the biggest ships, it was extended during both world wars and became a base for the RAF flying boats and marine craft. The navel base was closed in 1956, but Invergordon is still used for refuelling for the Royal Navy and NATO ships.

    Three miles east of Dalmore is the Invergordon grain whisky distillery, it was established in 1959 by Invergordon Distillers Ltd and started operation with one Coffey still in 1961, a further two stills were added in 1963 and a fourth large Coffey still added in 1978, they produce Whyte & Machay The town of Invergordon has also been heavily involved in the North Sea oil industry, many oil rigs were built in the huge fabrication sheds at Nigg to the east of here, before being assembled in the waters of the Cromarty Firth and towed out to sea, full scale commercial oil extraction began in the North Sea in the mid 1970s and from this ‘black gold’ and Invergordon ‘liquid gold’ the industry in this sheltered haven has made a substantial contribution to the UK economy over the last 50 years.

    The yards at Invergordon have more recently been used to repair or decommission oil rigs and those at Nigg have been used to build wind turbines. The town of Invergordon has accommodation to suite pockets from Bed and Breakfast, Hotels, Hostels, Camping and Caravanning to Self Catering. Nearby Inverness airport provides Regional, National and International airline and helicopter services to the Highland region, and the rest of the UK and beyond. National & local train and bus/coach services and overnight Caledonian Rail Sleepers arrive and depart Inverness City centre with the town and port of Invergordon is easily reached by onward public transport, Stagecoach buses and Scotrail offer frequent services from Inverness and many other communities in the North Highlands offering accommodation to suite pockets from Bed and Breakfast, Hotels, Hostels, Camping and Caravanning to Self Catering.

    Invergordon & Saltburn is just 25 miles north of Inverness and is easily reached by road by the A9 trunk road that runs within a few miles of the town centre, or take the scenic shoreline detour route (B817) from the Dalmore Distillery to the south or Kildary to the north, passing stunning maritime & mountain scenery.