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

Highest number of passengers ever through Port in one day

The Port of Cromarty Firth welcomed over 6,600 cruise passengers to the Highlands today; the highest number ever in one day.

MSC PreziosaTwo large liners, the Caribbean Princess, carrying 3,109 passengers, and the MSC Preziosa, carrying 3,493 passengers, docked today in the Port in Invergordon. This is 20% higher than the previous passenger footfall record, set in April 2016, when three liners visited the Port in one day.

The cruise passengers spread out across the Highlands, visiting a wide range of tourist attractions ,including: Cawdor Castle, Dunrobin Castle, Dornoch, Rogie Falls and Silverbridge, Glenmorangie Distillery, and Inverness, as well as a cruise on the iconic Loch Ness. These passengers boosted the regional economy by around £660,000 in a single day and made up approximately 4.6% of the passengers visiting the Highlands this year through the Port.

Captain Iain Dunderdale, Cruise Manager of the Port of Cromarty Firth, said: “It has been fantastic to welcome two the of the world’s largest cruise ships and 6,600 passengers to the Port today. Over the years, there has been a steady increase in the number of passengers visiting Invergordon and this year we expect around 142,000. With its deep water, the Port of Cromarty Firth is one of only two ports in the Highlands and Islands able to accommodate the very biggest cruise ships.”

Bob Buskie, Chief Executive of the Port of Cromarty Firth, said: “The cruise sector has a crucial role to play in the Cromarty Firth area and across the Highlands, supporting jobs in a wide number of industries, including: tour guides, shipping agents, ground handling staff, transport providers and employees in local distilleries, golf clubs and the hospitality industry.

The trust port is focusing this year on ensuring that even more businesses and organisations in the Highlands benefit from the cruise industry. It has organised workshops and introduced businesses to the ground handlers that organise shore excursions for cruise passengers. As a direct result, new excursion itineraries have been added this year. 

Caribbean Princess