Invergordon & Lerwick are the next ports of call.
Scotland continues to show us a wonderful time! Come with me to
visit the Highlands on the
Emerald Isles cruise on Viking Sky. Invergordon...The Highlands Invergordon, a town of about 4,000, is thoroughly genuine and
blissfully short on jaded tourist glitz, just the way I like
Although it's the most popular cruise ship port of call in
Scotland, it might look a bit bleak as you pull up to the dock.
Its main industry is repairing oil rigs so there's little glamour
to the waterfront. But the town's natural deep harbor (carved by
glaciers) makes it the ideal cruise portal to the Highlands.
From shore you can head out to see the Loch Ness monster
(approximately one hour ride),
Culloden Battlefield (40 minute ride), the town of Inverness
(30 minute ride) or one of many castles or whisky distilleries
nearby. Culloden is powerfully moving site of the final Jacobite
rising, the last and most harrowing pitched battle to be fought
on British soil. (You're likely to find some homespun charm
-- visitors are often greeted with a handwritten sign at the
little tourism kiosk: "Welcome! 100% guaranteed sighting of
Nessie tomorrow!") Murals and More
Take a short walk into the town center and you'll find impressive
murals, overflowing flowerboxes, small shops, cafes, banks -- and
friendly people happy to have a "wee chat." Don't forgo a shore
excursion to hang out there, but if you have an extra hour or so,
you can enjoy the murals and poking around High Street.
Depicting the history of the town, "Invergordon off the Wall"
(IOTW) is an eclectic group putting together the outdoor art
gallery of murals. IOTW had a vision to increase foot traffic
through the town by creating unique attractions and also to bring
the community closer. Each mural was commissioned by a different
local community group, all united in their enthusiasm to
transform the town through the power of heritage. "Evolution" is
the current project - a series of three exciting sculptures
inspired by the community and being created by the nationally
acclaimed artists. The intention of these projects is
regeneration and cohesion of the community.
Churches are an important part of history for this area so be
sure not to miss the spire of the Church of Scotland which
dominates the skyline, Catholic and Episcopal churches & the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are all located along
the High Street. The Polish and Royal British Legion War
Memorials provide a lasting memory of the importance of the role
the people of Invergordon played during past years of
Looking to get your FitBit steps in? Take a longer scenic walk
along both the east shore towards Saltburn Beach &
woodland and westwards towards Linear Park which offer views of
the imposing oil rigs berthed in the Cromarty Firth, Donkey
Bridge, Old Rosskeen Church cemetery and the Dalmore
Distillery. On To Lerwick We Go
As the main town in Shetland, Lerwick is a standalone gem. This
seafaring settlement has grown slowly but surely and is now a
bustling port for trade, business and visitors to the isles.
It hasn't all been all easy sailing for Lerwick. The town has
been burnt down twice in its history! With its proud maritime
heritage, Lerwick offers visitors an intriguing insight into the
ancient Norse roots of the islands.
The Town Hall possesses notoriety all its own. Lerwick's Town
Hall was designed to dominate the surrounding townscape from
its setting on the ridge of the Hillhead. Since its opening in
1883, it has served the town in its dual role as a prime venue
for social or cultural events and a seat of local government.
When entering this free of charge venue, you will find beautiful
portraits of persons important to the history of Scotland, and
fabulous stain glass windows considered a gem of they region. The
windows depict important people in the history of Shetland,
Norway and Scotland. The
Hamburg Window (left) was meant to tell one of the most
interesting stories in the building. Wool Week
Arriving in the main port of the Shetland Islands, you are
probably thinking Shetland Wool, as well you should. Other
international destinations are known for Fashion Week, but this
region is known for its "Shetland Wool Week," held
every September. Lerwick is an old town with narrow streets and
steep narrow alley ways, paths and old stone buildings with lots
of interesting shops. Walking along Commercial Street, you will
find several wool brokers where you can purchase beautifully
colored yarns or ready-made wool items. Whether you are lucky enough to spot the Loch Ness monster
(let me know if you do!), wander through Culloden Battlefield,
visit the Broch of Clickimin or Fort Charlotte, walk, bike or
ride a motor coach or chose to skip the port towns and take a
ferry tour or venture into the surrounding wilderness, you will
surely feel the richness of this Scotland’s history as you visit
Invergordon & Lerwick. Hasta la bye bye!
Q Dee Serkin is a travel writer who specializes in destinations,
culture, travel tips and advice. She is dedicated to inspiring
travel in all and loves to share her adventures with others.
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