Ayrshire Summer Sunshine

Supporting the preservation and operation of paddle steamers Waverley and Kingswear Castle

Ayrshire Summer Sunshine

The following pictures were taken on Sunday 3rdJuly. Waverley arrived at Ayr shortly after 2.40pm before heading south to call at Girvan for the first time this season. With over 500 passengers she then made for Ailsa Craig, otherwise known as “paddy’s milestone”. As the steamer sailed round the island a large number of birds were in flight, indeed more than I have ever seen before. Some puffins were also spotted on the north side of the Island.

Due to her second call at Ayr coinciding with low water Captain O’Brian took the precaution of using one of the rescue boats to take the lines ashore. Recent soundings in the harbour suggest that there is now insufficient water for the steamer to run astern up the river at low tide while attempting to berth at the Compass Pier.  In all Sunday was a perfect day to appreciate all that Waverley offers, indeed what other vessel could you sail on to experience the Firth of Clyde at its very best? In other words folks get aboard and support Waverley as often as you can in this crucial year.
Waverley entering Ayr Harbour
Just about to make the turn to Port to enter the North Harbour
Canting before running astern up the River Ayr

Leaving Girvan

Paul Semple