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

Orkney Meet and Greet Team prepares for a busy season

With over 51,000 cruise ship passengers expected to arrive in Orkney this year accompanied by around 15,000 crew members,Team Orkney has been preparing for yet another bumper season.

Orkney, which enjoys the accolade of the UK's most popular cruise ship destination with over 75 port calls annually, extends a warm welcome to cruise ships large and small that visit Kirkwall, Stromnessand theNorth Isles of Orkney such as Westray and Papa Westray, Sanday and Stronsay.

This year, the Meet and Greet Team is managed byJean Ross from Great Orkney Tours who will be looking after the independent passengers not on pre booked tours; the team willbe managing the shuttle bus operations from Hatston Pier, providing tourism information and generally pointing the independents in the right direction and makingsure thatpassengers are back in time for the ships sailing

Construction has commenced at Hatston Pier for a new 160 metre extension which is due for completion at the end of this year, and this will enable even the largest cruise liners in the world to come alongside next year as opposed to tendering their operations. There are already 41 ships booked for the 2013 season and it is targeted that 80 ships will call next year.