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

Forth Ports wins industry Cruise Award

Edinburgh awarded “Best Destination Experience”

Forth Ports are this week celebrating after Edinburgh picked up a coveted cruise industry award at Seatrade Miami, one of the cruise industry’s biggest and most widely recognised events in the calendar. Edinburgh took home the award for “Best Destination Experience”, in the port and destination awards with particular focus on organised tours in Edinburgh. Edinburgh is a key destination for Forth Ports, with many of Scotland’s most high-profile tourist attractions in the capital city.

Forth Ports was part of Seatrade Miami, which ran for three days in Miami, Florida, to showcase their cruise destinations at Leith, Rosyth, Dundee and London to cruise liner owners and operators from across the world.

The Cruise industry in the UK saw a fantastic season throughout 2013 and Edinburgh was the only UK destination to win an award. As the only port operator in the United Kingdom that can offer direct access to two capital cities, Forth Ports also had an extremely successful season, welcoming 130 cruise liners in 2013 and bringing over 130,000 visitors to the UK.

Commenting on the win, Nik Scott-Gray, Business Development Manager at Forth Ports, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to win this award from Cruise Insight Magazine. We do everything we can to make sure that all of our cruise operators and their passengers are well looked-after during their call at our ports and our programme of continued investment will ensure an even better cruise experience in the future at Leith and all our other cruise destinations including Rosyth, Dundee and London.”

Forth Ports’ 2014 cruise season got underway on the 27th March with the MV Discovery calling at the Port of Rosyth.

The business is investing significantly in the cruise operations with a multimillion pound renovation project underway at the historic London cruise terminal to upgrade the facilities and increase the capacity to accommodate larger vessels. In Scotland, a programme of alternative deep water anchorage options and landing stages is being developed to bring larger liners closer to Edinburgh.