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Scotland’s Montrose welcomes first cruise ship

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Hebrdiean Sky visit puts Montrose and Angus on the cruise map
Montrose Port Authority, a support and service hub for the North Sea energy industry, has put Angus on the map as a must-see tourist destination, after welcoming its first ever cruise ship to the port.

Greeted by Scottish celebrity piper, Louise Marshall, Hebridean Sky docked at Montrose Port last Friday carrying 103 passengers as part of a Noble Caledonia Epic Iceland itinerary.

Glamis Castle and Arbroath Abbey tours

The cruise tourists had the opportunity to visit some of the north-east’s key attractions such as Glamis Castle and Arbroath Abbey, while exploring the famous bird-watching hub, Montrose Basin, and teeing off at one of the world’s oldest golf courses.

Nik Scott-Gray, chief executive at Montrose Port Authority, said: ‘As our £7.5m quayside expansion project continues, we’re thrilled to herald our move into the cruise ship market.

‘The cruise industry plays a key role in the country’s economic growth. In 2017, Cruise Scotland recorded a total of 761 cruise ship visits to Scottish Ports, carrying more than 680,000 tourists to regions throughout the country. It is a key market for the port to expand into,’ he added.

Maximum length of cruise ship that can be accommodated is 165mtr but a quayside expansion due to be completed by summer 2019 will provide a greater depth alongside of 9.5mtr allowing both sides of the berth to be used for cruise ships.

 

 

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