Tuesday, November 12, 2019
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Portree Harbour is "the greatest attraction for the larger cruise ships," Highland Council have said.

Portree Harbour produced almost half the revenues by cruise ships for the council over the season.  

A small team of harbour staff managed up to 16 coaches per ship in and out of the quay.

Figures show that Highland Council harbours have had their busiest cruise ship season ever.

During the summer months 140 ships have visited, carrying 29,000 passengers and leading to a revenue contribution of over £210,000 in harbour dues.

The figures show an increase of over 27% compared to the same period last year.

These ships have a cross section of nationalities from Europe and the USA as well as British cruisers bringing passengers from across the UK to see as much of Scotland as they can.

The council say harbours Kyle of Lochalsh, The Small Isles, Inverie, Gairloch, Shieldaig and Plockton have also made increased contributions to the cruising tourism. These harbours are now becoming popular with the smaller cruise operators which are growing in popularity. These ships carry up to 12 passengers into shallow restricted areas that the bigger ships cannot reach.

Chair of the Council’s Environment, Development and Infrastructure Committee, Councillor Allan Henderson, said: “National cruise ship figures suggest each passenger spends an average of £100 per harbour visit so the bumper season our council run harbours have had has generated almost £3M for the local Highland economy.

"This is very positive news and I am delighted that next year and the years beyond look like they are going to be even more successful. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our harbour staff for their hard work. I would also like to thank the local communities, especially all the volunteers, for making passengers feel so welcome.”

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