Largest ever Cruise Liner - "Balmoral" anchors in Thurso Bay
Scrabster this week attracted its largest-ever cruise liner, with the visit of the 43,537 gross tonne "Balmoral".
The vessel was too big to come alongside, instead it anchored in Thurso Bay before its 1,300 passengers were taken ashore by tender.
It was the penultimate arrival in a record year for cruise traffic at the port. "
"Balmoral", the biggest in Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines fleet, arrived on Monday morning from Tobermory towards the end of a week-long tour of the UK and Ireland.
The Norwegian skipper of the 218-metre long vessel was presented with a commemorative plaque by Sandy Mackie, Manager of Scrabster Harbour Trust.
The main shore attraction for passengers was the Castle of Mey. Others went on coach tours while a group went for a round at Thurso Golf Club.
Before its late-afternoon departure for Harwich, the passengers and 500 crew were treated to a performance on board by members of Caithness Junior Pipe Band and a group of local Highland dancers.
"Balmoral" was the 10th of 11 cruise ships scheduled to have stopovers in Scrabster this year.
It is the largest total since the Harbour Trust started promoting the port as a cruise destination following the opening of its deep-water Queen Elizabeth Pier in 2003.