Holy Loch Port welcomes 'MV Minerva'
Holy Loch Port welcomed 'Minerva' on 27 May as part of her Celtic Coast Cruise.
It was a gorgeous sunny morning when 'Minerva' dropped her anchor in the middle of the sheltered setting of Holy Loch. Two local pipers and knights in shining armour welcomed all the passengers ashore, and the pipers took requests from the passengers to play for them arriving back from their trips which went down very well indeed.
The local BID’s team in Dunoon arranged for a free shuttle bus service to and from Dunoon for independent passengers and crew. Unfortunately not many people used the shuttle bus, however this has not put the Bids team off, they can see the potential for Dunoon and are more than happy to lay on a shuttle bus for any future Cruise Ship Visits. The BIDS team also arranged for the bunting to be put up in Dunoon Main Street which made Dunoon look very welcoming to tourists. Nine coaches from Southern Coaches lined up on the concrete hard standing waiting to take passengers off on their tours to Benmore Botanical Gardens only 5 miles away from the Port, and to Inveraray Castle and Loch Lomond both approx. 45 mins away.
All the tours went exceptionally well, and the passengers had a fantastic day. The crew were also very well looked after in our onsite cafe that provided them with free WiFi.
The lovely Scottish weather lasted up until the last three coaches arrived back on site when the heavens opened. However that didn’t dampen the passengers' spirits, as a portside shed had been opened up to local arts and crafts sellers and the passengers managed to shelter from the rain in there and chat to the locals. The Port also has toilet facilities on site and the ship provided hot chocolate, so the passengers were all very happy and dry until the rain subsided and they tendered back to the ship. 'Minerva' ship sailed out of the Holy Loch around 1930hrs, with all the locals lining the banks of the Loch to wave the ship off rounding off a fantastic day for all involved.
Hold Loch Port really looks forward to welcome more cruise ships in the future.