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
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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
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Ben Nevis, Fort William
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Oban, Argyll & Bute
Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Castle

Port of Cromarty Firth set for record-breaking August for Cruise

Published: July 30th 2019

Port of Cromarty Firth is looking forward to a record-breaking August as it brings in around 49,000 cruise ship passengers to the Highlands.

This total, expected in just one month, is over 50% of the figure achieved for the entire 12 months of 2016, when 97,992 passengers visited the Port that year.

The August total will also herald another record-breaking year, with more than 180,000 passengers coming into the Port in 2019 on 109 cruise ships. That will beat last year’s record for Invergordon of 93 ships and 170,000 passengers and marks a 5% increase in the number of passengers and almost 15% increase in the number of ships.

These cruise passengers are set to boost the Highland economy by a massive £18 million, contributing to tourist attractions across the region, including Dunrobin and Cawdor Castles, Royal Dornoch Golf Club, Jacobite Cruises, and the Strathspey Steam Railway. 

The industry also continues to help Invergordon become a tourist destination in its own right, with Invergordon Museum, the town’s famous mural trail and its thriving arts and crafts scene. It is also a base for the 68,000 crew that will be visiting the Highlands on these ships. Both the passengers and the crew spend time in Invergordon and benefit many of the businesses, from the food and gift retailers on the High Street to the independent tour operators and the local coach and taxi companies.  

Allison McGuire, Cruise Manager of the Port of Cromarty Firth, said: “This is fantastic news. The Port and the Highlands are firmly on the stopover map for some of the world’s biggest and best cruise ships, taking advantage of the deep water and incredible attractions on offer. These visitors benefit the economy of Invergordon and the Highlands, as they create jobs and business opportunities.

Bob Buskie, Chief Executive of the Port of Cromarty Firth, said: “With more cruise ships visiting the Highlands, the ripple effect on jobs cannot be underestimated.

“An increase in passenger numbers means the need for more tour guides, security and marshalling officers, ground handling staff, coach drivers, pipers and employees in a host of other industries including whisky distilleries and tourist attractions.  Coach drivers and ground handing support staff often stop overnight, which supports local accommodation providers as well. This is positive for people who live and work in the Highlands and it looks set to grow for years to come.”

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