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

First Cruise Ship due at Lerwick in another busy season

The first cruise ship of the year is due to berth at Lerwick Harbour on Thursday (14 May) at the start of a busy visitor season for the Shetland port.

The first cruise ship of the year is due to berth at Lerwick Harbour on Thursday (14 May) at the start of a busy visitor season for the Shetland port.  The Deutschland will dock at Holmsgarth with more than 400 passengers, en route from Bergen to Edinburgh.

A total of 49 cruise ships are booked to call at Lerwick before the end of September, with the increasing number of larger cruise ships now using the port including the first grossing over 100,000 tonnes. The total figure of 1,000,000 gross tonnes in a season could be passed for the first time.

The arrival of larger vessels is also reflected in increased passenger numbers - with approximately 26,000 due, up around 9,000 on last year.

This summer will see the arrival of the 1,000th cruise ship since a visit was first recorded in Port Authority records in 1928.

Sandra Laurenson, Lerwick Port Authority Chief Executive, said: “The increases in vessel numbers and size and in passengers compared with 2008 means we are looking forward to a great season which will also bring special milestones for the cruise industry at Lerwick, with the passengers providing a welcome contribution to the local economy.”

The popularity of Lerwick as a port-of-call for cruise ships is also seen in the line-up for 2010, with 24 vessels scheduled to date.

Lerwick Port Authority is a member of the recently-launched Cruise Scotland marketing organisation.