Hebrides Set For Cruise Industry Boost
A £49million investment in a deep water terminal at Stornaway is set to boost the Hebrides cruise industry and create more than 100 jobs in the region.
Set to become operational in May 2023, the new terminal will be the only deep water berth on the west coast of Scotland and will offer visitors the opportunity to visit some of the region’s most popular attractions, including the Callanish Stones and Blackhouse villages.
Speaking about the boost to the cruise industry and wider economy alike, Stornoway Port Authority chief executive Alex MacLeod said: “We are extremely pleased to announce this major investment in the port’s cruise infrastructure, which will deliver a wealth of opportunities to both our community and the cruise industry.
“This significant project will allow Stornoway to welcome the world, as our epic landscape, living Gaelic culture, history with mystery and limitless landmarks, provides the perfect offering for cruise lines and tourists alike as they seek to explore Scotland and beyond.
“This project will bring transformative change to the entire region, most notably to the local economy. It gives us immense excitement to see the collaborative approach between all the local partners, which will be essential to ensure the operational success of the terminal.
“Our own announcement comes just three weeks after the confirmation of Southampton’s new fifth terminal, which will greatly enhance the cruise itineraries and volume of ships cruising from Southampton and neighbouring ports.”