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A welcome sign of spring as ‘Princess’ returns to Rothesay

MV Hebridean Princess basks in the spring sunshine at Rothesay pier on March 3.

MV Hebridean Princess basks in the spring sunshine at Rothesay pier on March 3.

 

Amid the snowdrops, daffodils and longer days, Rothesay was treated to a welcome sign of spring on Monday as the luxury cruise ship Hebridean Princess paid her first visit of the year to Bute.

The vessel, built for David MacBrayne Ltd as the car ferry MV Columba, is in her 25th year cruising the waters off the west coast of Scotland after she was sold by Caledonian MacBrayne.

Next Wednesday, March 12, also marks the 50th anniversary of her launch from the Hall Russell yard in Aberdeen as the youngest of three sister ships built for ferry services in the west Highlands.

Monday’s call, giving her passengers the chance to visit Mount Stuart and take in the island’s sun-kissed scenery, was the first of three early-season visits by the ‘Princess’ to Bute - the others are on March 6 and 13 - before she heads north to her main cruising base of Oban and, later in the summer, to the north of Scotland and the fjords of Norway.

 

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