Island Sky Cruise Ship at Montrose Port

Welcome to Your Expedition

As expedition cruising becomes increasingly popular, with more emphasis placed on onshore activities and excursions, cruise companies are finding that berthing at lesser known destinations with more economical port charges can help them offer a more tailored experience for discerning travellers.
As well as impressive cost savings, smaller ports like Montrose are well suited to offering a more flexible, friendly and individual service which is integral to this type of cruise.
Port Keyfacts
Port key facts:
59 acre
port estate
berth depth:
internal space
open storage space

We are ideally located for expedition cruise ship passengers who want to visit the stunning scenery of Angus and Aberdeenshire and plan their own bespoke adventure.

This part of Scotland is particularly appealing to those who want to travel the route less known, get active and discover some of the hidden jewels of the North East.

Angus is an area of outstanding beauty with lots to offer, from the breath-taking scenery of the rolling hills and glens, to the sandy white beaches along the stunning coastline. From sweeping sandy beaches to stunning mountains and glens, there’s something about the scale and serenity of this area which makes it truly unforgettable.

In 2019 there were 1.1 million tourism visits to Angus, generating £241 million within the local economy through visitor and tourism business expenditure.

Offering visitors the perfect opportunity to delight in the outstanding scenery and wildlife, sample the region’s world class food and drink, as well as experience the unique culture and history – why not make Montrose your port of choice to disembark and explore this vibrant region.

We can accommodate cruise ships up to 110 metres and berthing at our purpose built facilities for up to a week. We are also members of Cruise Scotland and Cruise Europe.

Our cruise ship amenities include:

  • Excursion transport provided by local operators with extensive knowledge of the area
  • Bespoke itineraries
  • Fully ISPS Code compliant, with security personnel provided by Montrose Port Authority to ISPS standards
  • Fast, fresh water supplies are easily accessible.

Sample Itineraries

The following is a list of popular excursions that are available and can be tailored to create unique and bespoke itineraries. Please note that, in many cases and with prior arrangement, half day tours can be combined to create full day itineraries.

Shore excursions are normally pre-booked onboard via the cruise line concerned. The itineraries detailed below are subject to change and should be checked with the tour/activity provider concerned.

For further information contact:

Hills & Glens

The Angus Glens

Angus hills and glens


Glamis Castle

Glamis Castle


House of Dun



Montrose Basin

montrose basin


Arbroath Cliff Tours



Stand Up Paddle Boarding

SUP (stand up paddle boarding) in Montrose

Food and Drink

The Bothy Experience


Food and Drink

Arbroath Smokies



Montrose Golf Links



Carnoustie Golf Links


Shore power

We currently have shore power available at Berths 1 and 2 at our Port. A vital facility to the cruise industry.
The project is called Plug Montrose and is a 50/50 joint venture set up between Montrose Port Authority and Plug Shore Power Ltd where an electricity supply is given to vessels at berth, allowing them to switch off their engines and reduce emissions. The facility went live in Spring 2024.
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Visit Angus logo

Montrose is a vibrant town in Angus, and attracting cruise ships to Montrose Port provides a fantastic opportunity to showcase Angus to a new audience.

Visitors are vital to local businesses, supporting more than 3,812 full time equivalent jobs. The arrival of cruise ships at Montrose Port not only provides visitors with the opportunity to discover this beautiful part of Scotland, but also has a positive impact on the local economy

Millie Clark, Team Leader - Economic Development at Visit Angus

Case studies


Baker Hughes

Tenant case study
Baker Hughes has been a tenant at Montrose Port Authority since 1993, with both parties enjoying the long-standing and mutually beneficial relationship which has developed over the decades.

Whyte Cargo

Stevedoring case study
Whyte's fleet consists of Mobile Cranes, Electric Grabs up to 9 Cubic Metres, Forklifts ranging up to 16t capacity, Loading shovels, Telehandlers and Skid-steer loaders.

Other services we provide:

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