Montrose welcomes first cruise ship to Scottish mainland as Covid restrictions ease

Montrose Port Authority is the first Scottish mainland port to welcome a cruise ship as they restart UK-only sailings.

Operated by Noble Caledonia, MS Island Sky had 66 passengers on board – half the capacity of the vessel – when it arrived on Tuesday afternoon.

The ship set sail from Lerwick Monday evening, the first time in nearly 18 months a cruise ship has visited a Scottish port.

The Scottish Government reduced Covid-19 restrictions to Level 0 from Monday, allowing UK-only cruises to resume again.

Captain Tom Hutchison, chief executive and harbour master at Montrose Port Authority, was pleased to welcome passengers to Angus.

He says: “The last 18 months have been extremely trying for the whole tourism industry and it is great to see the country starting to slowly open up again.

“We worked closely with the cruise operator to make sure the visit is as safe and smooth as possible.

“Passengers can only disembark the vessel to board coaches for pre-arranged tours to Glamis Castle.”

You can read the full article on The Courier website.

Montrose Port Authority

Nestling in a sheltered haven on the river Esk, within a mile of open sea, the thriving port of Montrose offers a cost-effective alternative for vessels using Scotland's East Coast.

Glamis Castle

Glamis Castle has been the ancestral seat to the Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne since 1372, inspiration for Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the childhood home of HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, and birthplace of HRH The Princess Margaret.

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