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

Super-sized ship set to sail into Fort William

At 30,000 or so tonnes the MV "Adonia" which is due to berth in Fort William on Thursday (13 August) will be the largest cruise liner to enter Loch Linnhe in recent times.

The ship, which is 181 metres long and can carry up to 830 passengers and 390 crew members, is due to anchor in Fort William at 7am on Thursday morning as part of a 13 day round-trip of the British Isles. On Thursday afternoon it will depart and head for Scrabster where it is due to dock on Saturday morning before travelling on to Shetland and Orkney.

Leader of the Lochaber Committee, Councillor Thomas MacLennan said: “It’s great that a vessel the size of Adonia is making a visit to Lochaber as part of its itinerary and I am sure the passengers and crew will really enjoy the dramatic scenery as they travel along the Loch.  With an average passenger spend of around £40 to £50, the visit will give a welcome additional boost to the local tourism economy. Some visitors will be taking shore excursions and others visiting the town, so this will ensure the benefit is widely spread across Lochaber.”

For most passengers this will be the first time they have visited Lochaber and although they are only here for a day, we hope they will be tempted to return in the future for a longer visit.”

The Highland Council is currently working with cruise line operators to encourage more visits by cruise ships to Fort William, as well as the ports at Portree, Ullapool, Scrabster and Invergordon.