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

More cruise vessels targeted by Scotland's ports

Record years reach passenger milestone.

Scottish ports are looking to build on record years for cruise traffic by again targeting operators at the international industry’s biggest annual event this week.

Marketing organisation, Cruise Scotland, which represents ports around the country, is exhibiting at Seatrade Cruise Global in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, (6-8 March), where members are promoting facilities and attractions before future vessel itineraries are decided by cruise lines.

It follows another record year for cruise activity in Scotland in 2017 when 761 vessels visited, bringing almost 680,600 passengers.

Cruise Scotland Chair, Andrew Hemphill, commented: “Participation at the Seatrade Expo, with opportunities to target cruise lines, has been a key factor in persuading the industry to increasingly choose Scotland as a destination. The growth will be maintained this year, with new records to be set.”

There are currently 815 vessels and around 821,000 passengers expected in a season which gets underway this month and continues well into autumn.

“A significant milestone will be achieved this year when the passenger total since 2010 will pass the four million-mark,” added Andrew Hemphill.

The cruise industry is estimated to be worth almost £100 million annually to the Scottish economy.

Membership of Cruise Scotland, established in December, 2008, includes 16 ports, two major ground handlers, and five associate members in the tourism sector.