Summer 2016 looks set to be a record breaker for attracting tourists to the Islands.
Stornoway Harbour is scheduled to have its busiest ever cruise season with 70 visits booked for 2016.
This will mean a number of records broken for the Harbour: the number of cruise visits; the number of passengers and the largest cruise ship.
Stornoway Port Authority estimate that over 25,000 passengers will arrive through the port this season - 10,000 more than 2015.
Inaugural calls will be made by P&O Cruises’ Azura on the 22nd June followed by Cunard’s luxury cruise ship, Queen Elizabeth, on her maiden visit to Stornoway anchoring on the 29th
Azura will be the largest cruise ship to have ever visited the port with a tonnage of 115,055, a length of 290 metres and a maximum passenger capacity of 3,096 passengers.
The first visit of the 2016 season will be made by the Azores, which is expected on the 15th
March and the last ship is the Hebridean Princess scheduled for the 23rd September.
There will be 18 cruise visits in June and a similar number in July which could result in the island having a record breaking number of summer visitors this year.
Pictured above is The World cruise ship which visited the port last year. In 2016 Stornowy will welcome another massive visitor The Azura which carries up to 3,096 passengers.
Picture courtesy of Morris Macleod