Cruise in Company Ports Secure Scottish Island Funding

Four of the Shetland Cruise in Company guest harbours - Scalloway, Cullivoe, Unst and Fair Isle - are stepping up a gear in preparation for this summer’s Tall Ships event, having secured funding from the Scottish Islands project.

Shetland MusiciansThe Cruise in Company leg is part of The Tall Ships Races presented by Szczecin, organised by Sail Training International, which will take place from 12 – 21 July. This year the fleet will enjoy a leisurely voyage between Greenock and Lerwick, where they can call in at their own choice of participating guest harbours en-route.

Project manager of The Tall Ships Races 2011-Lerwick, Fiona Dally said: "The Scottish Islands' funding has been gratefully received by the Shetland ports, with the following amounts being granted: Scalloway £8,000; Fair Isle £4,000; Unst £4,000; Cullivoe £8,000. This funding initiative will provide great support for these small communities who are all organising their own unique events to welcome the ships this summer on an entirely voluntary basis.

The Cruise in Company is a great opportunity for each guest harbour to welcome the sailors in their own particular style. The celebrations will include an incredible 'Summer Fire Festival' and Viking galley burning in the picturesque village of Scalloway; Fair Isle is planning to re-enact their age-old tradition of bartering knitwear for goods onboard the passing Tall Ships and Cullivoe and Unst, well known for their traditional music, are playing to their strengths with a sensational musical line up."

Scotland's Islands project is a new collaborative marketing initiative developed through a partnership of the six local authorities with island communities (Argyll & Bute, Highland, North Ayrshire, Orkney, Outer Hebrides and Shetland) together with Highland and Island Enterprise, Event Scotland, Awards for All and the European Regional Development Fund.

The project aims to raise the profile of the islands, attract new visitors, bolster community and economic development and strengthen links between the islands and mainland cultural organisations.