Scottish harbour wins right to accept cruise ships

Scottish harbour wins right to accept cruise ships

A harbour on the Scottish borders has been given the green light to handle cruise ship passengers for the first time in its history.

The 114-passenger Noble Caledonia ship Island Sky is due to be the first arrival at Eyemouth on August 19.

The Eyemouth Harbour Trust has been working to become a Department for Transport approved port and has recently been awarded accreditation.

It has now received clearance to accept cruise passengers onto the pontoon and quayside.

The Island Sky will call at the port north of Berwick upon Tweed during a 13-day 'Islands on the Edge' cruise around the British Isles.

Trust chairman Grahame Sinclair told the BBC: "We aim to prove that Eyemouth is a town of great interest to visiting passengers and that this is the beginning of more cruise ships making a stop-over in the bay."

Passengers will be able to visit the town or take part in an excursion to Floors Castle.

MSP John Lamont said: "With tourism becoming more and more important to the Borders' economy the ability to accept cruise passengers to the area will undoubtedly provide a boost to the local economy.

"I hope that this is just the start, as we can now look to link Eyemouth to other destinations across the area."


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