Invergordon is a small Scottish town in the Highlands (around an hour North of Inverness) with a population of approx 4500. It has a vivid history going back through both world wars. I grew up there so hopefully that qualifies me to write a little about it!
Invergordon received its name from Sir William Gordon, a local landowner of the early eighteenth century and is located on the Cromarty Firth which has been recognised as an ideal anchorage for ships since the early 1700s. In fact, this still makes up a large part of the local economy with cruise ships berthing (and the tourists they bring) and oil rigs docking for maintenance. The Firth is also area of great natural beauty and the many habitats support a variety of marine life and wild birds, including bottle-nosed dolphins. There are boat trips available to see these and if you visit, I recommend that you take one as there is something magical about seeing them swimming alongside smiling up at you.
To get there, simply follow the A9, it is one long road!
The people are lovely, warm, friendly and welcoming and there are lots of local hotels, B&Bs, restaurants and pubs to choose from.
It has its own distillery producing Whyte and MacKay and is just 13 miles from Tain, where the Glenmorangie distillery and hotel are located (if you get the chance, have dinner or even stay in this hotel, it is lovely - look out for the coral in reception, it has been growing there for over 50 years!) and 5 miles from Alness where you will find the Dalmore distillery. So for whiskey fans, this is a definite place to visit.
Less than an hour's drive from Invergordon lies Culloden battlefield where Bonnie Prince Charlie's troops suffered a cruel defeat and the Jacobite Rising of 1745 came to an end.
Invergordon also boasts one of Scotland's most scenic 18 hole golf courses with friendly members and gorgeous views across the Firth.
Though I don't live there anymore, I still have family there so get to visit quite a lot. If you are planning on visiting Scotland, put Invergordon on your itinerary, it is definitely worth it. Have a look at the below website for photo's and further information and most importantly, have a lovely time in Bonnie Scotland!