Dunrobin Castle - ancestral home of the Clan Sutherland
Dunrobin Castle - ancestral home of the Clan Sutherland
Kilchurn Castle, Loch Awe
Kilchurn Castle, Loch Awe
Scotland is a great place to explore by cycle on trails and coastal paths
Scotland is a great place to explore by cycle on trails and coastal paths
Ardvreck Castle and Loch Assynt in Sutherland, Highlands of Scotland
Ardvreck Castle and Loch Assynt in Sutherland, Highlands of Scotland
The banks of Loch Lomond - Britain's largest stretch of inland water
The banks of Loch Lomond - Britain's largest stretch of inland water
Strathisla Distillery in Keith, Grampian Highlands
Strathisla Distillery in Keith, Grampian Highlands
Portree Harbour, Isle of Skye
Portree Harbour, Isle of Skye
Gleneagles Golf Course
Gleneagles Golf Course
Fantastic rivers and lochs await for you to try your hand at fishing
Fantastic rivers and lochs await for you to try your hand at fishing
Scotland's rich musicial tradition
Scotland's rich musicial tradition
The Northern Isles are home to the world-famous Shetland pony
The Northern Isles are home to the world-famous Shetland pony
Ring of Brodgar in Orkney
Ring of Brodgar in Orkney
Kayaks at North Beach, Little Bernera, Isle of Lewis, Stornoway
Kayaks at North Beach, Little Bernera, Isle of Lewis, Stornoway
Dolphin pond in magnificent mountainside setting of Benmore Botanic Gardens
Dolphin pond in magnificent mountainside setting of Benmore Botanic Gardens
Piper at Castle of Mey in Thurso, Caithness
Piper at Castle of Mey in Thurso, Caithness
Balmoral Castle, Royal Deeside, Aberdeen
Balmoral Castle, Royal Deeside, Aberdeen
Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Glasgow
Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Glasgow
Ben Nevis, Fort William
Ben Nevis, Fort William
Oban, Argyll & Bute
Oban, Argyll & Bute
Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Castle

Another big day for cruise season at Lerwick Harbour

The record for the biggest cruise ship into Lerwick Harbour will be broken on Sunday (14 August) for the second time this summer when Celebrity Silhouette enters the Shetland port on a 14- nights British Isles Cruise.

The record for the biggest cruise ship into Lerwick Harbour will be broken on Sunday for the second time this summer when Celebrity Silhouette enters the Shetland port on a 14- nights British Isles Cruise.

On her maiden call at Lerwick, Celebrity Cruises’ 122,210 gross tonne vessel will beat the record set by the115,055 gross tonne Azura on 30 June.

Captain Calum Grains, Lerwick Port Authority’s Harbourmaster and Deputy Chief Executive, said: “The visit by Celebrity Silhouette will be another highlight of a record-breaking season and in the long involvement of Lerwick and Shetland with the cruise industry.

“The sheltered and safe, deep-water anchorages and proven modern landing-stage facilities make the harbour an ideal port-of-call for large cruise ships.

“The port is set for a special hat-trick this summer, with the highest number of cruise vessel arrivals, passengers and tonnage of shipping yet, including the biggest ship. There are also excellent bookings for next year.”

The 315-metre Celebrity Silhouette, with capacity for 2,886 passengers, is due to anchor in the deep-water harbour around 7am on Sunday 14 August, with passengers and crew to be transferred by tender to Albert Dock. The call will be marked by a special Viking welcome on Victoria Pier by members of the 2016 Jarl Squad – including Captain Grains – which led this year’s internationally-famous Up Helly Aa fire festival in Lerwick.

The visitors will also be welcomed by a volunteer Meet-and-Greet team, which, with the support of the Port Authority, provides assistance, information, and entertainment, with Shetland music.

Celebrity Silhouette, the fourth of five cruise ships on successive days, will depart Lerwick at 7pm for Invergordon, on the Scottish mainland.