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

Port of Cromarty Firth starts the cruise ship season by welcoming the AIDAvita

The Port of Cromarty Firth marked the beginning of the 2017 cruise season as the first ship of the year 'AIDAvita' docked today to a traditional Highland welcome.

AIDAvita, which is carrying approx. 1,400 passengers, is currently on a 13-day cruise, visiting the UK and Norway. She departed from Hamburg and her itinerary includes calls at Newcastle, Invergordon, Kirkwall and Lerwick in the UK and Trondheim, Aalesund, Bergen, Ulvik, Eidfjord and Stavanger in Norway. The ship will visit the Port of Cromarty Firth six times this year on a variety of cruises.

An estimated 142,000 passengers will come into the Port in Invergordon in the next eight months on 91 cruise ships, the highest number on record. This new cruise record is the equivalent of a 45 per cent increase in the number of passengers on last year and a 44 per cent increase in the number of ships.

Captain Iain Dunderdale, Cruise Manager at the Port of Cromarty Firth, said: “2017 is shaping up to be the best year yet for cruising at the Port of Cromarty Firth. We’re looking forward to welcoming 45 per cent more passengers than last year, which will mean the highest number on record and a value to the highland economy of around £14 million. Today’s visit by AIDAvita was a fantastic start to this.”