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

Ullapool opens dedicated tender pontoon

Ullapool has invested £110,000 (€131,566) in a dedicated leisure pontoon to make it a more attractive tender destination, says Kevin Peach, Chief Executive and Harbourmaster, Ullapool Harbour Trustees.

Completed in early June, the first cruise ship to make use of it will be Hansa Kreuzfahrten’s Delphin on August 17, the first time she has visited the Scottish port.

Ullapool is expecting six calls this year compared to 12 in 2009. Passenger numbers will be about 1,150 down on 2,800 last year. In 2011 Hapag-Lloyd Cruises will be calling for the first time with Europa. Also in 2011 Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines' Black Watch will be calling in October.

Smaller ships can come alongside where the quay can take up to 110m in length and 6m draught. Larger ships can anchor out in the bay which is only 200m from the landing pontoon for the tenders.

The centre of town is about 100m from the pontoons so there is no need for a shuttle bus. A local leisure centre/swimming pool is five minutes’ walk from the dock and the local 9-hole Links golf course is about one mile from the harbour.

There are no air draught restrictions at the Scottish port and the sea draught in the main channel is a minimum of 17m. The turning basin is about 0.75 nautical miles in diameter.