Lochranza – At Last!!

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

Lochranza – At Last!!

The motor ship Balmoral is also operated by Waverley Excursions and sails in support of the PS Waverley. Since Lochranza pier re-opened, there have been a number of planned sailings to Lochranza by the Balmoral during her normal September weekend visit to the Clyde but none of these have actually taken place, mostly due to weather conditions, when alternative cruises have been provided in more sheltered waters.

2008 proved to be the year that Balmoral eventually reached her planned destination and provided us with a very enjoyable cruise for the day, on Sunday 28th September.

However, Lochranza was not Balmoral’s only unusual call for the day – she also made a call at Clydebank on her way down river from Glasgow.

Unfortunately it was not clear where Balmoral would actually call
and a number of us waited to see her come alongside
the restored Titan crane at Clydebank
– a great location in perfect sunlight.
In the end she arrived and berthed unexpectedly at the edge of Rothesay Dock,
resulting in a mad dash to try and catch a photo looking straight into the sun

After her Clydebank call,
Balmoral speeds off for her next call at Greenock

Balmoral arriving at Greenock

Balmoral at Lochranza

One of the least interested residents at Lochranza!
There were actually 4 deer together in this area but they were among
various obstructions which spoiled the line-up with the ship

Just what Clyde Cruising is all about – sitting in the sun,
enjoying the scenery and fresh air, passing the time of day with friends,
putting the world of coastal cruising to rights,
recounting exploits and previous journeys and planning for the next trip

A compilation of some short video clips taken during the Lochranza visit,
starring a few local heros (but no deer!) who pull out the stops
to make Waverley and Balmoral trips
1 possible and
2 memorable
Thanks to all concerned for another great trip.
Charles McCrossan