Tour 1 - Dunrobin Fairytale Castle, Millionaire's View, Dornoch village & shops

6 to 7 hours (Approx.)
Free cancellation
1 - 15
Mobile ticket


Our tours are specially put together after taking feedback from YOU. We have surveyed your desires and requests and put them together in our tours. We provide a quality experience, with free water, free rainmacs and a guide or driver guide on our minibuses. Our guides will impart their knowledge of their local Highlands and answer any of your questions.

As a general rule tours leave 30 minutes to 1.5 hours after the arrival of the ship and return at least 1 hour before ship departure time. Please check our website which has the exact tour departure and return times for every tour.

Tours offered based on Outlander and Fairytale Castle themes as well as historic value. It packs in a lot for one day's tour and is very affordable and good value for money. Entrance to Dunrobin castle is INCLUDED.

Please note in order to enter the distillery tour you must be 18 or over. Any children may wait in the shop area.


  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Entry/Admission - Balblair Distillery

What to expect

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Dornoch Cathedral, High Street, Dornoch IV25 3SH Scotland

Dornoch cathedral made famous by the wedding blessing of Madonna to Guy Ritchie.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Balblair Distillery, Edderton IV19 1LB Scotland

This lovely expansive single malt distillery is set in a lovely village near Edderton. Tour takes 1.5 hours followed by two whisky tastings - a 10 and 15 year old malt.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Struie Hill, Tain IV19 1LD, UK

Stop at the popular photographic spot called Millionaire’s View in your journey.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Jail Dornoch, Castle Street, Dornoch IV25 3SD Scotland

A beautiful shop, well worth seeing.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: The Dornoch Bookshop, High Street, Dornoch IV25 3SH Scotland

Browse through hundreds of books.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Dornoch, Dornoch, Caithness and Sutherland, Scottish Highlands, Scotland

Browse at your leisure around all the activities in Dornoch village, some are listed above. There are shops, cafes, bars, history trails, museum, Cocoa Mountain cafe, Eagle tavern, Castle Inn, the Jail giftshop, bookshop, famous Cathedral where Madonna married Guy Ritchie, history information about the last witch to be hanged, charity shops, ice cream shops and amazing antique shop.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Glenmorangie Distillery, on the A9 Ross-shire, IV19 1PZ Scotland

Visit the shop at the Glenmorangie distillery or just take photos of this famous whisky distillery.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Dunrobin Castle and Gardens, Golspie KW10 6SF Scotland

Dunrobin Castle is the most northerly of Scotland's large castles and has 189 rooms. Dunrobin Castle is also one of Britain's oldest continuously inhabited houses dating back to the early 1300s, home to the Earls and later, the Dukes of Sutherland. The castle is in a magnificent setting with amazing gardens.

On your visit you will witness an amazing falconry display in the delightful castle gardens. These birds of prey will delight you. Then visit the castle museum before touring the furnished castle itself.

The Castle, which resembles a French chateâu with its towering conical spires, has seen the architectural influences of Sir Charles Barry, who designed London’s Houses of Parliament, and Scotland’s own Sir Robert Lorimer.

Duration: 2 hours

Meeting point

1: Shore Road, Shore Rd, Invergordon IV18, UK
2: Saltburn, Invergordon IV18 0JP, UK
Traveler pickup is offered
Invergordon port - walk to port gates, our tour guides wearing purple trouser suits will be waiting for you opposite to direct you to your bus or to your small vehicle.

Saltburn pier (if two ships are in port you may stop just outside of the town). You get onto the ship's shuttle bus and it will drop you on the High Street outside the entrance to the museum. Our tour guides wearing purple will meet you there and direct you to the bus.


  • Invergordon port - walk to port gates, our tour guides wearing purple trouser suits will be waiting for you opposite to direct you to your bus or to your small vehicle.

Additional information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Wheelchair travellers difficult
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 53 travelers


  • Lunch
  • Entry/Admission - Glenmorangie Distillery

Ticket delivery

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.
September 2019

Visited Clava Cairns, Cawdor Castle, Culloden battlefield, Loch Ness and Beauly Priory. Ideal for Outlander fans. Excellent, friendly, outgoing tour guide who answered all our questions. Really good value and packed in a lot in one day although we didn't feel rushed.

September 2021

We had the unfortunate experience of having Maxine (the owner) as our driver / guide & in her own words "she seldom did tours" --- & boy can't you tell! We were late starting off due to Thistle yet again putting a couple on the wrong tour and we having to wait for them to return to Invergordon to...

April 2020

Thistle Excursions' owner/operator was extremely responsive and helpful in providing the details that we needed when we booked this excursion to coincide with our cruise ship's arrival and departure schedule. Unfortunately we have had to cancel our entire summer 2020 itinerary due to coronaviru...

November 2019

Dunrobin was amazing- I didn’t want to leave. I have never seen a more beautiful place- the gardens overlook the North Sea - breathtaking views !! A must see for everyone who visits Scotland

September 2019

We had a nice walk through a beautiful area where we could see a beautiful gorge. Then we went to Dunrobin beautiful. We had a great time.

Jim D
September 2019

Both our guides, Becky and Maxine, were fantastic. They went out of their way for us to see Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness. We also visited Clava Cairns, Cawdor Castle, Culloden Battlefield, Culloden Viaduct, and Inverness. We really enjoyed walking through the beautiful town of Invergorden and ta...

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