Firms hope to cash in on cruise boost

Over a dozen cruise ships will visit South Queensferry over the summer
Over a dozen cruise ships will visit South Queensferry over the summer

Businesses across the district are making plans to reap the benefit of the increasing number of cruise ships coming to Scotland.

With the number of holidaymakers disembarking at South Queensferry and Rosyth on the increase every year, local companies are keen to welcome passengers.

The board of Linlithgow Town Centre Business Improvement District (BID) has funded the design and print of over 40,000 leaflets, to be distributed to the visitors who are looking to soak up

the rich and fascinating history.

Duncan McIntyre, BID board member said: “During the set up of the BID, businesses highlighted the fact that thousands of cruise ship passengers are only a stone’s throw away. The board recognise the opportunity we had and were determined to make the most of it.”

The brochure, designed in collaboration with Historic Environment Scotland, Annet House, Linlithgow Union Canal Society, Visit West Lothian and Cruise Forth and printed by local Linlithgow companies, highlights Linlithgow’s attractions.

There will also be a German version, to target this key visitor group.

Meanwhile, Queensferry Ambition is encouraging businesses to gear up for the cruiseliner season which saw the first visit on Tuesday, followed by 12 more throughout the summer.

It is keen to pull together a programme of special offers for passengers, whether it be a tasting menu of traditional Scottish fare or a special activity package.