Waverley to set sail for summer season

Summer sailings from Kilcreggan and Helensburgh aboard the paddle steamer Waverley begin this weekend and continue until August 26.

On Saturdays from June 17 onwards you can board at Helensburgh to visit the Dunoon, Rothesay or steam through the Kyles of Bute to visit of Tighnabruaich.

On Thursdays you can explore the islands of Arran, Bute and Cumbrae or view the magnificent scenery of ‘Scotland in Miniature’ as you sail along Arran’s coastline.

On July 9 and 23, and August 6 and 20 you can enjoy a Sunday Roast as you cruise Loch Long.

There will also be an Evening Showboat with a live band playing onboard on Friday July 28.

Waverley also sails from Kilcreggan to Dunoon and Rothesay on Fridays from June 23 until August 25 (except for July 28).

Waverley is the world’s last sea-going paddle steamer.

Named after Sir Walter Scott’s first novel, the vessel was built on the Clyde in 1946 and launched in 1947 to replace the original Waverley that sunk off Dunkirk during active war service in 1940.

Captain Ross Cochrane said: ‘Waverley’s attraction lies in a mix of things – the heritage, history, social history, maritime history, engineering history and the scenery. But I think more than anything, it’s just a great day out.”

Tickets can be bought by visiting waverleyexcursions.co.uk

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