Fort William welcomes first cruise ship to visit town in two years

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Fort William Marina and Shoreline Community Interest Company (FWMSCIC) says it was absolutely delighted last week to welcome the first cruise ship to visit Fort William for two years.

It was the second time that Hebridean Princess had come to Fort William in a fortnight – although sadly she had to turn around due to the high winds on September 22.

The visit last Wednesday for the seven-night Autumn Surprise Cruise saw the sun shining on Loch Linnhe and passengers and crew were said to have had a most enjoyable time.

‘Some went for a bit of shopping in the town, walking along to Old Inverlochy Castle or running round Cow Hill, while the rest visited Glenfinnan to see the viaduct and monument,’ said FWMSCIC secretary Sarah Kennedy.

‘Captain Richard [Heaton] said that the sail up Loch Linnhe was stunning and the scenery was admired by all the passengers and crew.’

Director of FWMSCIC James Kennedy presented Captain Heaton with a gift of Ben Nevis whisky, locally made beeswax candles and a card welcoming the passengers and crew to the heart of the Highlands.

Captain Richard Heaton, right, is presented with a bottle of whisky by James Kennedy last week.
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The next cruise ship scheduled to come to Fort William was the Island Sky for her maiden visit on Monday of this week and then a second visit on Tuesday of next week. There are 15 cruise ships scheduled to visit Fort William in 2022.