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

Lerwick makes ready for surprise cruise call

Lerwick Harbour is making ready for a maiden visit by the 252 metre cruise ship 'AIDAluna' enroute from Norway before heading back to Hamburg.

The 69,203 gross tonnes vessel carrying almost 2,300 mainly German passengers is due to arrive at 0800hrs tomorrow (Friday) and will drop anchor and tender passengers ashore to Victoria Pier before sailing again at approximately 1600hrs for Hamburg.

AIDA Cruises is one of a number of cruise lines that are considering contingency plans for ships unable to call at their intended Norwegian ports as a result of a strike in the public sector that is currently affecting shipping, including cruise ships all along the Norwegian coast.

Should the strike continue, it is possible that other cruise ships due to call at Ports in Norway might consider Lerwick as an alternative port of call.

The Port's Deputy Chief Executive, Victor Sandison commented “We are pleased to have been able to accommodate AIDAluna at such short notice on her maiden visit to Lerwick in an already busy season. Our meet and greet team will be on-hand to provide their warm and friendly Shetland welcome with passengers set to visit a number or the islands popular visitor attractions”.