Cruise In Company

Join us for a Spectacular Cruise in Company along Scotland’s West Coast and Islands - 12th-21st July 2011

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The Tall Ships Races 2011-Cruise in Company 

On behalf of The Tall Ships Races 2011-Cruise in Company, we are delighted to offer technical advice and updates on the exciting programmes of activity available in each guest harbour. The Tall Ships Races 2011-Cruise in Company Technical Coordinator is Barbara Campbell and she can be contacted by email

On the Cruise between Greenock and Lerwick, trainees and sailing guests will have the opportunity to enjoy invigorating sailing, amazing coastal scenery and a warm welcome from unique Scottish ports whilst on route to Lerwick. From ceilidhs to beach barbeques, there is something to offer everyone.

A chance not to be missed, the 9 day Cruise in Company offers the chance to call into a variety of ports, both large and small to sample the best of Scottish hospitality and scenery.

Cruise in Company Events Programme

Browse the Cruise in Company Events Programme [pdf, 4.45Mb]

Browse the Cruise in Company Brochure online [pdf, 3.5Mb]

A Unique Cruise in Company

Every year a Cruise in Company leg is part of The Tall Ships Races. This leg is not a competitive event, but a cruise of friendship and adventure. In 2011, the Cruise in Company leg is between Greenock and Lerwick and ships have 9 days on this 484 nautical mile journey (shortest route) over the top of Britain. This gives ships the chance to visit many places both along the Scottish coastline and within the island communities that are buzzing with excitement ready to welcome the fleet. Many of the guest harbours are also looking forward to getting their own young ambassadors participating in the Race Series in 2011 and we look forward to building sail training links within each community to ensure this is achieved.

The Shetland Organising Committee has selected 12 harbours on the leg, ready to welcome a small or large number of participating ships. In this brochure the 12 guest harbours introduce themselves and give a flavour of what Scotland has to offer.

Exciting Experiences

The Tall Ships crews and trainees have the opportunity to explore the Scottish coastline and islands from 12th July when the fleet leaves Greenock, until all participants are berthed in Lerwick during 21st July at the latest. When submitting the entry forms for The Tall Ships Races 2011, the vessels should specify which ports they wish to visit on the leg from Greenock to Lerwick. Each port will be able to prepare an excellent programme of activities, which will be enhanced by early communications between their areas and ships to meet your needs.

The capacity in each harbour varies, and each port will give priority to ships that make early confirmation about their plans. Once a harbour is fully booked, alternative harbours will be proposed on the route. More details on each port can be found by following the links in from the left submenu.

A dedicated Cruise in Company team will be present in Greenock to answer any queries and collect passage plans to ensure that the Coastguard, Guest Harbours and Event Organisers provide a safe and well coordinated cruising experience for all the fleet.

Shetland is working in partnership with Scottish guest harbours to prepare fantastic social and cultural programmes in each area to offer ships. We want to give ports the unique opportunity to welcome The Tall Ships Fleet in a celebration of international culture and friendship. In particular, the Cruise in Company guest harbours will also be working to provide opportunities for young people from around Scottish coastal and island communities to take part in this fantastic Race Series and join your fellow trainees onboard ships for this experience of a lifetime.

For general enquiries on the Cruise in Company please contact us.

Guest Harbours


Campbeltown Loch is a safe and sheltered harbour which can offer berthing and anchorage for ships.


Fair Isle

Because of its location, Fair Isle is the ideal stop for those travelling by sea to Shetland



The Isle of Islay is outstanding for its hospitality, malt whiskies and wildlife



The sheltered bay is a popular tourist resort and port of call for yachts and cruise ships



Scandinavian by Heritage - Nordic by Influence -Scottish by Design



Scalloway was once the ancient capital of Shetland, although no longer the seat of government, it boasts a healthy fishing and seafood industry and is the location of the North Atlantic Fisheries College Marine Centre



The beautiful natural harbour at Stornoway in the Western Isles of Scotland has been recognised as a haven for nearly a thousand years



Ullapool has had a 230 year relationship with the sea and relishes the opportunity to welcome The Tall Ships fleet in 2011



Visit Unst, Britain's most northerly island



Whalsay, with its heritage rooted in fishing is the centre of this industry in Shetland



Cullivoe is a small village tracing its history back to viking days, as a stop off on the sea route from Norway to Faroe, Iceland and Greenland