Rothesay Pier in early 1960s

This week's trip down memory lane features one of Rothesay's most famous viewpoints - the footpath through the Skipper's Wood, looking down on Rothesay pier some time between 1959 and 1962.
This week's trip down memory lane features one of Rothesay's most famous viewpoints - the footpath through the Skipper's Wood, looking down on Rothesay pier some time between 1959 and 1962.

This week’s photograph was sent in by reader Alan McKechnie of East Kilbride and was taken from one of Rothesay’s most famous viewpoints - the path through the Skipper’s Wood looking down on Rothesay pier.

The Caledonian Steam Packet turbine steamer Queen Mary II is approaching the pier, while one of the company’s ‘ABC’ car ferries - we think MV Cowal - is seen loading for her next crossing to Wemyss Bay.

Though the photograph is undated, we’ve narrowed it down to some time between 1959 and 1962 - the former year being when Rothesay Academy’s ‘new’ main building on Chapelhill was opened, and the latter being the year when fire destroyed the pier buildings.

If you can help pin down the date any more exactly, please let us know!