Cruise ship numbers into the Firth of Forth surge ahead in 2016
In 2016, Forth Ports Ltd is enjoying substantial growth in the numbers of cruise ships visiting the Forth – whether berthing at Leigh, Rosyth; anchoring off South Queensferry or at the New Edinburgh Anchorage – a short tender ride from the historic harbour of Newhaven (the Scottish one!).
Forth Ports Ltd ports of the Forth and its anchorages bring, within easy reach of cruise passengers, a huge diversity of attractions to appeal to every taste – from the delights of the Scottish capital city itself to other historic towns such as Dunfermline, Culross, Falkland, Linlithgow and even easy access into the Scottish Borders and the beauty and appeal of such attractions as Sir Walter Scott’s home, Abbotsford.
This burgeoning cruise market brings significant benefits to the local and national economies. Forth Ports, of course, also own the port of Dundee which attracts its own cruise ship calls. On its fine waterfront can be found RRS Discovery, in her own special berth, the Antarctic exploration vessel of Sir Robert Falcon Scott. The Discovery was built in Dundee in 1901 – her design based on that of the famous Dundee whalers. Dundee of course was famous for its “Jute, Jam & Journalism”, but it was also renown for its shipbuilding. Indeed Blue Funnel, the company I sailed with “deep sea”, built many of its ships at the Caledon Shipyard in Dundee.