Waverley’s first 2013 visit to Rothesay

The paddle steamer Waverley backs away from Rothesay pier after paying her first visit of the year on June 28.
The paddle steamer Waverley backs away from Rothesay pier after paying her first visit of the year on June 28.

Summer has arrived on Bute: the schools are out, the holidays have begun and the paddle steamer Waverley has paid her first visit of the year to Rothesay.

The ‘grand old lady’ of the Clyde brought her first complement of cruisers to the town on Friday afternoon on the opening day of her 2013 programme on the firth, all of her passengers undaunted by the persistent drizzle and low cloud which made for an unseasonal start to the summer.

The paddler, launched in 1947, offers up to four cruises each week from Rothesay until the end of August: to Tighnabruaich via the Kyles of Bute on Saturdays from June 19 until August 24; to Tighnabruaich, Tarbert and Loch Fyne on Wednesdays from July 3 to August 28; to Largs, Millport, Brodick and the Arran coast on Thursdays from July 18 until August 29; and to Lochranza and Skipness Castle on Sundays July 7 and August 4.