Waverley all set for 40th anniversary sailings


The Waverley returns to the Clyde coast next month, celebrating the 40th year that the paddle steamer has sailed in preservation.

Sold in 1975 for £1 by Caledonian MacBrayne, the world’s last remaining sea-going paddle steamer has been operated by a charity since then.

Sailings from Helensburgh begin on Friday May 23 when you can visit Largs or Dunoon or sail amid the dramatic mountain scenery of Loch Long.

The next day can visit Dunoon, Rothesay or steam through the world famous Kyles of Bute to visit the Highland village of Tighnabruaich.

The main summer sailings from Helensburgh start on June 20, running on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays until August 30.

Waverley sails from Kilcreggan on Bank Holiday Monday May 25 and Fridays from June 26 until August 28 to Dunoon and Rothesay.

Andy O’Brian, Waverley’s captain, said: “There is no better way to spend the day than relaxing on deck and watching the spectacular scenery of Scotland’s West Coast slip by.

“As well as taking passengers on Great Days Out from Helensburgh we bring many passengers here each year.

“There is a trip for everyone – young and old – to enjoy and we look forward to welcoming you onboard during this special year.”

Tickets and timetable information are available on the website.

Originally built in 1947 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.

The steamer carries around 130,000 passengers annually and was nominated by the Sunday Times as one of the top three nostalgic journeys in the world; it is operated on a charitable basis by Waverley Steam Navigation Co. Ltd.