Nostalgia in full steam as the Waverley returns

Full steam into summer - PS Waverley
Full steam into summer – PS Waverley

One of the most evocative sights of summer on the Clyde returns this bank holiday weekend, as the PS Waverley sets sail again – and the first stop will be Kilcreggan.

The world’s last sea-going paddle steamer will make her first voyage from Glasgow Science Centre on Friday May 23, also calling at Dunoon and Rothesay.

And over the weekend other ports of call will include Helensburgh, the Isle of Arran, Tighnabruiach and Skipness Point with views of the 13th century Skipness Castle.

On Bank Holiday Monday there will be a chance to enjoy the dramatic scenery of Loch Long and Loch Goil.

Waverley sails in the Western Isles from May 27 until June 3 – coach connections are available from Glasgow to Oban on May 31 until June 2.

She will then sail from Glasgow, with her annual summer sailings taking place from June 22 until August 24.

Andy O’Brian, Waverley’s Captain, said: “We are looking forward to welcoming our regular passengers from Glasgow onboard for a sail and hope to see some new faces this year.

“We are delighted to be able to continue offering sailings on the Clyde aboard a traditional Clyde steamer.”

Prices start at £19 for adults, with discounts for senior citizens and children – call 0845 130 4647 or visit the website.

PS Waverley Fact File

  • Waverley is the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world and was built on the River Clyde in 1947
  • In 1974, The Paddle Steamer Preservation Society bought the ship for £1 to preserve it for future generations to enjoy; it is operated on a charitable basis by Waverley Steam Navigation Co. Ltd.
  • The steamer was nominated by the Sunday Times as one of the Top Three Nostalgic Journeys in the World.
  • Waverley has a Scottish Tourist Board 4-star tour accreditation.
  • Originally built to sail only between Craigendoran and Arrochar, Waverley now sails right around Britain offering regular trips on the Clyde, the Thames, South Coast of England and the Bristol Channel.
  • She carries around 150,000 passengers annually.