Edinburgh's cruise port is the Port of Leith, located on the Firth of Forth’s (Scotland) southern shore. Firth of Forth is River Forth's estuary. The Harbour of Aberdeen is 99 ml (160 km) away.
Edinburgh is Scotland’s capital city. It covers a total area of 264 km2 (102 ml2) and has population around 0,5 million (metro 1,35 million). Edinburgh is also an UNESCO World Heritage site, attracting international and UK tourist with its historic sights, castles, entertainment and activities options, and the annual Edinburgh Festival. The city has dynamic culture and nightlife, and truly looks spectacularly.
Edinburgh's Leith cruise port is easily accessible via major motorways in Scotland and has good connections via railways. The busy cruising season is March through October, with round-trip itineraries offered mainly by cruise liners operated by Cunard, Princess, MSC.
Port of Leith is Scotland's biggest enclosed deepwater port. It has the capability to handle vessels up to 50,000 DWT (deadweight tons). Leith port is located to the northeast of Edinburgh City with easy access to major motorways in Scotland, including A1, Edinburgh by-pass, M8 and M9. It offers road and rail connections and is perfectly located for North Sea shipping operations of any kind.
Highlights: Historic City & Castle, Holyrood House, Scone Palace
Edinburgh cruise terminal
Smaller-sized cruise ships to Edinburgh dock at the Leith port's cruise terminal. It is located approx 3 ml (5 km) from the city center. Cruise vessels enter the port from the estuary of River Forth. The dock can accommodate vessels with length up to 720 ft (220 m).
Leith port is an important destination for the Northern Europe's cruise industry. The port handles around 40 cruise ships and 20,000 passengers annually. The Cruise Terminal provides good facilities for turnaround and transit calls. Its central location is convenient for shore excursions and tours to the historic Edinburgh and the surrounding areas.
- The cruise ship terminal building features a modern design and has all the necessary passenger facilities, including waiting area, phone, internet, toilets.
- More amenities are offered by the "Ocean Terminal" shopping mall, located at 5-min walking distance from the Leith cruise port terminal. The nall has shops, banking facilities, restaurants, cafes, car parking, and is served by Lothian Buses lines 11, 22, 34, 35, 36.
- Available at the Leith port are taxis and shuttle buses. The port's parking area is adjacent to the cruise terminal and can accommodate up to 450 vehicles (cars and tour buses).
- The closest to the cruise port airport (Edinburgh Airport) is about 30 min ride. The closest to the port railway station (Waverley) is about 15-min ride from the cruise terminal.
At the Ocean Terminal is also the permanently berthed Royal Yacht Britannia (officially "HMY Britannia"). This is Queen Elizabeth II's former royal yacht, operated in the period 1954-1997.
Large cruise ships dock at Newhaven (an Edinburgh City's district) located between Leith and Granton. It is located approx 3 km (2 ml) north of the city center. The ships actually anchor near Newhaven and their passengers are transported between the anchorage point and the tender pier via tender boats. This distance is approx 1,7 ml (3 km) or about 15-min ride.
Edinburgh tours, shore excursions, hotels
City Tours and Shore Excursions
- Edinburgh castle: the castle is the most popular landmark in the city. It is two kilometers from Edinburgh cruise port. It is located on a volcanic rock’s top. The view from the highest point offers panorama of the Firth of Forth and Fife. Inside you can seethe Great Hall, the St Margaret’s Chapel and the Stone of Destiny.
- The Royal Mile: the one mile long road connects the Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, both Royal Residences.
- Royal Botanic Garden: the second oldest (after Oxford’s) British botanic garden. It dates from 1670 and was originally medicinal plants garden. It is located near the Palace of Holyroodhouse and are amazing, especially in spring time.
- Edinburgh Fringe Festival: the world’s largest art festival is held for three weeks every August.
- National Museum of Scotland: located on Chambers Street. It was reopened in July 2011 after a renovation for £47 million. It houses 16 galleries and displays more than 8,000 different objects.
- Camera Obscura: spend really fun time! Located in Victorian rooftop chamber near the Edinburgh Castle’ entrance.
Port Edinburgh cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Edinburgh, Leith, Scotland. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
|Day||Ship||Arrival||Departure||Next Port of Call|
|10 April, 2018|
|Astoria||09:00||20:00||London Tilbury, England|
The Edinburgh cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Edinburgh, Leith, Scotland.
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