Waverley set for final Rothesay fling

PS Waverley at Rothesay pier.
PS Waverley at Rothesay pier.

The paddle steamer Waverley will pay her last visit of the year to Rothesay this weekend.

The iconic vessel has spent the last month-and-a-half offering pleasure cruises on the south coast of England and the River Thames, but returns to the Clyde for a final two days of sailings on Saturday and Sunday before going into lay-up for the winter.

On Saturday she sails from Glasgow to Loch Long and Loch Goil, and on Sunday she’ll cruise ‘doon the watter’ to Greenock, Largs and Rothesay before heading through the Kyles to Tighnabruaich.

Waverley’s captain, Andy O’Brian, said: “Waverley’s 40th season in preservation has been a challenging one and we are hoping that the residents of Rothesay will support the ship by sailing on her last sailing of 2015.”

Sunday’s cruise from Rothesay leaves at 1.40pm and returns at 3.50pm. Tickets can be bought by phone on 0845 130 4647, online at www.waverleyexcursions.co.uk, at the Isle of Bute Discovery Centre, or on board on the day - though the last option is subject to availability, and the paddler’s final cruise of the year is always particularly popular.