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 ship maiden voyage selects Port of Invergordon

The Port of Invergordon has been singled out amongst a select number of destinations, for the maiden voyage of the brand new cruise ship "AIDAmar".

The 71,304 gross tonne ship is due to arrive at the Cromarty Firth based Port on Friday 18 May and will be carrying 2,214 passengers.  This will be the 4thcruise ship visit to the Port in a season which is expected to see 64 visits and over 75,000 passengers.

Invergordon has grown in popularity thanks to its deep water, port facilities and geographic location.  Once docked, passengers are able to access the wider tourist attractions on offer throughout the Highlands, from Eilean Donan Castle, Glen Affric, to excursions closer to home, such as Dornoch and highlights of Invergordon.

"AIDAmar" was handed over from the German shipyard, where it was built, to its owners at the start of May and her maiden voyage started in Hamburg on Saturday, with calls at Le Havre, Dover, Zeebrugge and Invergordon.  From Invergordon, it will make its way to Bergen, Eidfjord and Stavanger, in Norway.

Among the unique facilities on board this new ship, is a micro brewery, producing draught beer for all the bars on board.

There will be 7 maiden calls to Invergordon this year, including "Caribbean Princess", due to arrive on 22 May. 

Cruise Development Manager, Captain Iain Dunderdale, confirmed “The Port and the Community work hard to ensure that each cruise ship is greeted by a traditionally warm Highland welcome.  The Invergordon Tourism Alliance makes a real difference to those passengers who choose to explore Invergordon independently.  Cruise Highlands lays on a piper to welcome the passengers ashore and a pipe band bids ships a final farewell on departure.”