News round-up / Cruise destination recognised, mail arrives again, airport recognised for disabled access, recycling drop-in sessions

The number of cruise visits to Lerwick had been increasing until the pandemic struck. Photo: John Coutts

LERWICK has been recognised as a top destination in an annual survey run by the “world’s leading cruise review website”.

Covering 18 regions around the globe, the Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards are based on consumer ratings sent to Cruise Critic. Lerwick was in the top five in the British Isles and Western Europe category.


Lerwick Port Authority cruise manager Melanie Henderson said that to be placed third in the category was “another great accolade”.

Henderson added: “On top of Lonely Planet’s recent praise for the islands, it’s another tremendous boost for everyone involved in attracting and servicing the highly-competitive cruise sector.”

Shetland was named in travel authority Lonely Planet’s top ten must-see European destinations for 2019, the only UK location included.

The top five places in the British Isles and Western Europe category included number one destination Kirkwall, Cork, Amsterdam and Bruges.

POSTIES across Shetland are set to have a very busy couple of days after the mail plane managed to touch down at Sumburgh airport for the first time in three days on Thursday.


Thick fog and mist played havoc with Loganair and Eastern Airways’ passenger services earlier this week, with many flights cancelled, diverted or delayed.

A spokesman for Loganair confirmed that the mail plane – operated by the airline – did not get in on Tuesday and Wednesday but arrived on schedule on Thursday.

TWO of HIAL’s island airports have been recognised for their high levels of service for and engagement with disabled and mobility restricted passengers in a Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) national survey.


Sumburgh Airport retained its position in the top band classification for accessibility for a second year. Kirkwall Airport appears for the first time in the group of 14 UK airports classified as “very good”.

HIAL managing director Inglis Lyon said: “As an organisation, we work with local disability organisations and individuals to ensure we are always improving our offerings to better meet their needs and provide assistance where required.

“Sumburgh supports NHS hospital flights to the mainland and staff continue their engagement with a variety of disability groups.”

SHETLAND Islands Council is inviting local businesses to drop-in sessions in Lerwick to hear plans for the introduction of commercial recycling later this year. 

The council’s environmental service will begin commercial recycling for local businesses, public sector and not-for-profit organisations from October.

It will change the way refuse is put out for collection, to ensure that metal, plastic bottles, glass, paper and card is collected for recycling, to meet waste regulations.

Drop-in sessions will take place on Monday 29 and Tuesday 30 July, from 6pm to 8pm, in Room 12 at Islesburgh Community Centre, for anyone to hear more about the changes to the service.

Anyone unable to attend but who would like more information, can contact the recycling team on recycling@shetland.gov.uk or more information can be found at www.shetland.gov.uk/rubbish-recycling/commercial-waste-recycling.asp