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

Port of Cromarty Firth appoints Captain Calum Slater as new General Manager

The Port of Cromarty Firth has appointed Captain Calum Slater as its first General Manager. This is part of a new organisational structure designed to address the challenges the Port faces due to the prevailing low oil price.

Calum SlaterCaptain Slater has worked with the Port of Cromarty Firth since 2002 in various roles, including Marine Manager and, most recently Business & Strategic Development Manager.  

Proficient in business management and currently completing an MBA at the University of Strathclyde, he brings both business acumen and knowledge of the marine sector to the job. He has a degree in civil engineering and is a Master Mariner.  Calum has acted as Port Facility Security Officer and managed Port operations as part of the duty roster for the past 14 years, to ensure the Port operates safely 24/7/365.

The position of General Manager has been developed to focus on future business development and to deputise for the Chief Executive on all functions of the Port’s business.  Captain Slater will be responsible for overseeing all maritime and port-side activity, as well as planning and managing business operations, including capital projects and the new cruise business. The organisation has adapted its structure in this way to focus on new business development opportunities in the face of the low oil price, as the oil and gas sector accounts for 70 per cent of the Port’s current business.

Bob Buskie, Chief Executive of the Port of Cromarty Firth, said: “We are pleased to be able to announce the appointment of Captain Slater as our new General Manager.  Having worked with us for nearly 15 years in a number of roles, he understands the challenges the organisation faces.  Calum has a great mix of skills, perfectly balancing an understanding of the sea with the business managing ability essential for running the Highlands largest port in the 21st century.”

Captain Slater, General Manager of the Port of Cromarty Firth, said: “I am delighted to have been given this new role and the opportunity to use my experience at sea and in business development to support our future as one of the UK’s leading trust ports.  In recent years, we have seen so much change in the Port, including the expansion of the cruise industry and some severe fluctuations in North Sea oil and gas markets.  I look forward to working with the great team of staff and customers at the Port to attract more business and jobs to the Firth and to continue our role as a vital economic hub for the region.”