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

Meet and Greeters ready for a busy cruise season

The Mackenzie Wilson Partnership who was awarded the Orkney Islands Council tender for the Meet and Greet service, has just completed the final training with the Orkney team today and they are ready to welcome cruise ship passengers ashore this summer.

The Council funded initiative recognises the need to look after cruise passengers who are not going on tour just as much as those who are, and the team of 10 greeters will be on hand for every cruise ship to offer tourism infomation, shopping opportunites, shuttle bus co-ordination and any queries regarding Orkney that the passengers may have.

The team, who will operate in Stromness and Kirkwall, will be recognisable in smart black outfits with the Welcome Ashore logo and for the cooler days will be visible in bright orange hi-vis jackets with the Welcome Ashore logo as well.

This effort is seen as an important element of the overall cruise ship port call and will undoubtedly enhance the customer service ratings of Orkney as a cruise destination. There are now 75 cruise ships expected this year with approximately 30,000 passengers and 10,000 crew to look after.

There are already 40 ships booked for the 2011 season.