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.