Waverley for Summer Cruising

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

Waverley for Summer Cruising

Waverley’s main summer season got underway on Friday 22nd June with a Glasgow to Rothesay sailing. She very quickly settled in to her weekly routine although Sunday sailings see a variety of timetables. Over the past few weeks Waverley has operated in excellent conditions with many warm sunny days with clear blue skies – long may it continue!

Waverley captured on the longest day of the year – the night before her main Clyde summer season got underway.

Waverley passes under the Erskine Bridge as she heads downriver on Saturday 23rd June. Graeme Phanco

Sunday 24th June saw the only Glasgow to Sanda Isles return sailing of the season and this proved popular once again, especially given the weather conditions. It was noted that some enthusiasts were sailing one way to Campbeltown on Waverley and then taking the Calmac ferry Isle of Arran back to Ardrossan.

Waverley leaves Lochranza heading for Campbeltown on Sunday 24th June.

For the first few Mondays of the summer season the ship is off-service which allows some time for maintenance. However, from Monday 16th July she will be operating seven days a week.

On Sunday 1st July Waverley made her first trip of the season round Ailsa Craig (otherwise known as Paddy’s Milestone). She will offer her regular Monday sailing round the Craig from Glasgow, Largs, Ayr and Girvan for four consecutive weeks from 30th July.

A bow view as Waverley makes her way towards Brodick on Sunday 1st July.

Ailsa Craig in view as Waverley cruises round the island on Sunday 1st July. On this occasion she sailed round in an anti-clockwise direction.

Tarbert and Loch Fyne remain the destination on a Wednesday throughout July and August. From 1st August this cruise will start from Ayr. In fact the Ayr to Tarbert and Loch Fyne sailing is one of the original timetables from Waverley’s first year in preservation in 1975.

Waverley’s fan boards indicating it is a Wednesday sailing from Largs to Tarbert and Loch Fyne.

The wash from the paddles after Waverley has passed through the Kyles of Bute.

Berthed at Tarbert Pier on Wednesday 4th July.

Isle of Cumbrae passing Waverley on her way to the slipway at Tarbert.

The Scottish branch fundraising evening cruise of Waverley was highly successful with 719 passengers aboard on Thursday 5th July. This year the itinerary was unique with the cruise starting at Blairmore.

Waverley arrives at Blairmore Pier on Thursday 5th July for the PSPS evening cruise.

The PSPS flag flying to indicate the ship is on charter to the Society.

Waverley moves astern from Helensburgh Pier after making her return call during the PSPS evening cruise. Graeme Phanco

Waverley’s regular Thursday sailing is to Brodick with a cruise round Holy Isle. However, the first few Thursday sailings in the season tend to start at Largs rather than Greenock. From Thursday 26th July she will operate from Greenock to Arran.

Waverley alongside Largs pier on Thursday 12th July.

Waverley captured at Largs Pier from the CalMac Cumbrae ferry.

Waverley departing Greenock to head upriver to Glasgow on Thursday 12th July.

Making her way upriver on Thursday 12th July passing the former site of John Brown and Company’s shipyard at Clydebank.

Long may the sun shine on those famous funnels.

For anyone who is planning a trip on Waverley this season please consider purchasing a Grand Draw Ticket for your chance to win £1000 cash while helping to support Waverley. The Waverley Grand Draw 2018 is being organised by the Scottish Branch and tickets are on sale aboard Waverley from a PSPS volunteer or from the Souvenir Shop. All proceeds from the Draw will go direct to Waverley.

The Waverley Grand Draw 2018 poster.

To book tickets for any of Waverley’s sailings visit or call 0141 243 2224.

Waverley’s 2018 Clyde timetable.