Sail on the Waverley – the world’s last seagoing paddle steamer
The famous WAVERLEY – the last seagoing paddle steamer in the world – offers day, afternoon & evening cruises to the Lochs & Isles of the west coast of Scotland. There’s never been a better time to help support this wonderful ship and take a cruise aboard the last of the ‘Clyde Steamers’. Millport is a regular stop every Tuesday and Thursdays during the summer months.
STOP PRESS – Due to damage to the main pier at Millport’s harbour the Waverley will sail from Kepple Pier during the 2017 season. Following the news that Millport Pier was unavailable the Field Studies Council came to the rescue with the offer of Keppel Pier. Cumbrae Coaches and Millport Motors will provide coaches to convey passengers to Millport and the Council are providing linesmen to tie the ship up. Coaches will leave from the Harbour to meet the ferry so please take this into consideration and be at the Harbour bus stop ahead of the scheduled departure time.
There are many cruises to choose from so sail back in time aboard one of the world’s greatest ships and enjoy a visit to one of the traditional Clyde Seaside Resorts such a Dunoon or Rothesay. Steam through the spectacular scenery of the Kyles of Bute and visit the Highland village of Tighnabruaich or the fishing village of Tarbert. Enjoy a wonderful cruise steaming over to Arran known as ‘Scotland in Miniature’ – with views of Goatfell as you cruise into Brodick Bay to spend time ashore. Take the children for a Great Day Out on Millport – Isle of Cumbrae; or enjoy a fantastic cruise sailing right round the famous landmark Ailsa Craig. This trip allows close up views of this wonderful little Island – often referred to as ‘Paddy’s Milestone’ – now a RSPB nature reserve, boasting cliffs hundreds of feet high providing nesting for an impressive variety of seabird colonies. There’s no finer way to view the stunning scenery of Loch Fyne – Loch Striven – Loch Long – Loch Goil – than from the decks of this wonderful paddle steamer and there’s also the chance to take in views of some of Scotland’s wonderful castles – see Carrick Castle a 15th Century Tower House or Skipness Castle dating from the 13th Century and situated on the famous Mull of Kintyre. And not forgetting our famous Evening Showboats – cruising from Glasgow with live music on board – there are only a limited number of these cruises each year so book in advance to ensure your place. Make it a party – there’s group discounts for parties of 10 adults and more! With so many choices there’s sure to be a trip to suit the whole family. Waverley sails most days during the summer – from June until end August – not only from the heart of Glasgow (from Glasgow Science Centre) but also from Helensburgh; Greenock; Largs; Ayr; Dunoon; Rothesay; Arran and more.
The Waverley is owned by a Scottish Charity & is British Registered for up to 900 passengers. On board facilities include a self-service restaurant offering a range of food from snacks & sandwiches, to a three course meal; two fully licensed bars; a traditional tearoom & heated passenger lounges. Passengers can watch the great steam engine at work turning the famous paddles. Gifts available at the souvenir shop – where postcards can be bought and franked with the Waverley postmark. Help support this wonderful ship and take a cruise aboard the last seagoing paddle steamer in the world!
For all details of her Clyde sailings check the Waverley Excursions website