Tall ships ahoy!

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The first of the tall ships have arrived in Stornoway on Thursday morning and made a colourful spectacle in the harbour.

So far twenty two ships, including some of the world’s largest sailing ships, are due to arrive in the Port between Thursday and Friday.

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Chief Executive of Stornoway Port Authority, Jane Maciver says: “We will be doing all we can to let people know when ships will be arriving as we want to encourage everyone to join us in giving these ships a warm Hebridean welcome.

“We can’t give an exact timetable right now as everything is weather-dependant, but we do hope to be able to give at least an hours’ notice.

“Many of the ships will be open for the public to visit while they are in port. We encourage people to take advantage of this opportunity to discover more about these magnificent vessels.”

She adds: “This should be a fun event for all the family – please enjoy it in safety – and keep well clear of pier edges!”

The ships are expected to depart Stornoway between July 16 and 18; and a formal parade of sail will take place on Saturday afternoon as some of the ships leave.