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

Invergordon welcomes record number of cruise passengers

Invergordon has achieved another first, with the greatest number of passengers ever to arrive in the town on one ship.

On July 26, 3,336 passengers disembarked Costa Cruises’ Costa Magica to explore the destination of Invergordon and Easter Ross as well as the wider Highlands tourist attractions.

The previous record dates back to July 2009, when Princess Cruises’ Crown Princess docked carrying 3,231 passengers.

As the Costa passengers disembarked, they were given a traditional Highland welcome in the form of a piper and the volunteers from the Invergordon Tourism Alliance were on hand, as always, to promote the Easter Ross towns’ sites and attractions.

Over half the passengers were booked on shore excursions, leaving a significant number of passengers to potentially explore the area independently. A Folkloric show, organised by Cruise Highlands, was also held on board the cruiseship. 

Costa Magica alongside Admiralty Pier at InvergordonCaptain Iain Dunderdale, cruise development manager Cruise Highlands, commented: “We have been successful in attracting an increased number of vessel calls to the port, thanks to the warm welcome extended locally and our proximity to tourist attractions. Cruise Highlands has worked hard to ensure that the Firth can meet the needs of this growing industry and this has paid off. We are having the strongest year to date. “

While Captain Ken Gray, chief executive and harbour master for Cromarty Firth Port Authority which owns 50% of Cruise Highlands, added: “Tourism through the Firth has been growing year on year. Last year saw 63,000 cruiseship passengers and this all helps to enhance the economy of the Highlands. This year is on target to exceed this.”

It was Costa Magica’s second visit to the Firth this summer with a further visit planned in August. She is one of the largest ships in the Costa Cruises’ fleet.