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

QM2 visit part of landmark year for Greenock Cruise Terminal

Peel Ports commissions special tartan to mark Cunard’s 175th anniversary

One of the world’s largest ocean liners, Queen Mary 2, will sail into Greenock on Thursday 21st May to mark the long and historic link between the Cunard and the Clyde, as part of Cunard’s 175th anniversary celebrations.

Her arrival is part of a record breaking year for Greenock Ocean Terminal, where she will berth for the evening. Greenock is set to become the first Scottish port to break the 100,000 passenger ceiling.

A total of 56 ships are expected to call at the port this year, bringing 108,866 passengers to Greenock. Over the past eight years passenger numbers calling at Greenock have more than quadrupled.

In 2007 just 20,253 passengers passed through the port compared to 92,678 in 2014.

Owners of the terminal, Peel Ports believes Queen Mary 2’s visit marks a renaissance in the cruise market in Scotland which is becoming a destination of choice for thousands of passengers every year.

The cruise industry makes a significant contribution to Scotland’s economy. Based on conservative estimates, each passenger contributes £80 to the local economy. If Greenock Cruise Terminal achieves the projected 108,866 visitors this year, it will bring an estimated £8.7million to the local economy.

Andrew Hemphill, Peel Ports general manager at Greenock Ocean Terminal, said: “The Clyde has a long and proud history with Cunard – during the past two centuries almost half of Cunard’s ships were built on The Clyde, including the Britannia, Lusitania, Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth, and Queen Elizabeth 2.

“We look forward to welcoming the iconic Queen Mary 2, to our terminal as part of Cunard’s 175th anniversary celebrations.

“The visit of Queen Mary 2 comes during a landmark year for Greenock Ocean Terminal, as we are witnessing a renaissance of the cruise market in Scotland where we are set to become the first Scottish port to handle 100,000 cruise passengers a year.

“Investment has been crucial to the success of Greenock allowing Peel Ports to create an award winning, welcoming and comfortable environment for passengers – the first experience thousands of overseas cruise passengers have of Scotland each year.

“It is a testament to the relationship we have built with Cunard that we will be a part of the celebrations, giving us a huge opportunity to showcase the Scottish cruise market to the rest of the world.”

To mark the Queen Mary 2’s arrival and to celebrate the link that Peel Ports has with Cunard, the operator has commissioned a special commemorative tartan, which will be presented to Cunard at the celebratory on board dinner and reception.

The Cunard o’ the Clyde tartan combines the signature colours of both companies and the historical connection each has with the Clyde.

Andrew added: “Year on year we are building the cruise business on the Clyde and by attracting such illustrious ships as the QM2 to Greenock we are continuing to raise awareness and increase people’s interest in taking a cruise to Scotland.

“We look forward to welcoming her into the port and offering her the best of Scottish hospitality.”