Thistly Cross Cider sets sail

Thistly Cross Cider sets sail

Scottish Cider company Thistly Cross has secured a partnership with the Orkney and Shetland lifeline ferry provider NorthLink Ferries.

NorthLink Ferries’ has expanded on its plans to offer a range of quality Scottish products on-board by now introducing Thistly Cross Traditional Cider to its offering.

The cider will be served on draught on-baord NorthLink Ferries’ sister ships, MV Hjaltland and MV Hrossey, as well as during the peak periods on the Scrabster to Stromness vessel, MV Hamnavoe.

Thistly Cross Cidermaker Peter Stuart said: "We’re delighted to see Thistly reaching ever further north with our new partnership with NorthLink Ferries.

"It’s particularly important to us that each of the vessels are accredited by Visit Scotland with 'Taste our Best' awards for their use of local food and drink which means their customers will expect excellent quality, and they’ll find that in our range of long-matured ciders.

"With this listing, Thistly Cross takes another step towards its goal of being Scotland's premium cider, and we look forward to sailing the northern seas with NorthLink Ferries!"

Peter Hutchinson, NorthLink Ferries’ customer service director, added: "We are committed to showcasing the very highest quality of food, drink and crafts which are available on our doorstep in Scotland.  

"Partnering with Thistly Cross is a great example of providing our passengers with a taste of Scotland; many are first time visitors and will not have experienced this excellent locally produced cider before.

"Having Thistly Cross cider on-board adds a fantastic new product to our range of locally produced drinks".