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

Cruise Bookings... a Century and Counting

The number of cruise liners set to visit Orkney over the next two seasons has already topped 100.

Seventy four cruise ships have so far booked to visit the Islands during 2012 – with 2013 shaping up as a bumper year as well.
 
Princess Cruise Lines has just made three additional bookings, taking the number of port calls already in place for next year to 35.
 
The 35 liners have a combined gross tonnage of 1.95 million tonnes and will be carrying 50,000 passengers and 16,000 crew in total.
 
Those booked for the 2012 season have a combined gross tonnage of 1.6 million tonnes and together will have 43,000 passengers on board.
 
“I am pleased that Orkney continues to be an attractive destination for cruise liners,” said Councillor Jim Foubister, chair of Orkney Islands Council’s Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
 
“The gross tonnage figures are important to the Council’s Marine Services section as they dictate the level of port charges applied to each vessel.”
 
For the 2012 season, the average number of passengers per ship is just over 500, but next year this increases by almost 60 per cent.
 
Kirkwall was named as the best British port of call in the 2010 UK cruise industry awards – and the Islands as a whole were the UK’s most popular destination for cruise liners in 2010 and 2011.