Attraction remains popular

Britannia marks 20th anniversary with record year

Royal Yacht Britannia

Royal attraction: Britannia hitting new records (pic: Terry Murden DB Media Services)


The Royal Yacht Britannia has enjoyed its most successful year and marked its 20th anniversary by receiving more than six million visitors since first opening.

The five-star visitor attraction based on Leith’s waterfront was visited by 390,848 tourists and guests in last 12 months.

Now owned and maintained by The Royal Yacht Britannia Trust, Britannia sailed a million miles around the globe during her 44 years in Royal service.

Bob Downie, chief executive of The Royal Yacht Britannia, said: “To have our busiest year ever, some 20 years since first opening, is a real testament to the outstanding work that our staff do”.

The record-breaking figures coincide with the opening of Fingal, Britannia’s new luxury floating hotel, at Alexandra Dock.

Built in 1963 by the Blythswood Ship Building Company in Glasgow, it was used to transport equipment to some of the most remote lighthouses in Scotland.

After a £5 million development Fingal has been transformed into a luxury five-star hotel with each cabin named after a Stevenson lighthouse.

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