Bad weather cancels Waverley’s last Rothesay visit

The paddle steamer Waverley seen in Rothesay Bay on one of her 2014 summer cruises.
The paddle steamer Waverley seen in Rothesay Bay on one of her 2014 summer cruises.

The operators of the paddle steamer Waverley have announced the cancellation of the historic ship’s final cruises of 2014.

The Waverley had been due to undertake two end-of-season Clyde cruises this Saturday and Sunday, October 18 and 19, including a sail from Rothesay to Tighnabruaich on Sunday afternoon.

But the famous paddler - whose annual programme of cruises on the south coast of England and the River Thames has just been completed - ran in to bad weather on her journey back north to her Glasgow base on Wednesday, and was last reported off Weymouth.

With further strong winds forecast for the end of the week off Land’s End and in the Irish Sea, Waverley Excursions Ltd announced via Twitter on Thursday that it had decided to cancel the weekend’s Clyde cruises; the vessel will now be laid up for the winter as soon as she arrives back in Glasgow.