Waverley returns to Rothesay this weekend

Passengers stream off the Waverley at Rothesay pier.
Passengers stream off the Waverley at Rothesay pier.

A very special season for the world’s last sea-going paddle steamer begins this weekend.

2015 marks the 40th year that the Waverley has sailed in preservation: sold by Caledonian MacBrayne for £1, Waverley has been operated by a charity since 1975, and preserved as a heritage asset for the benefit of the communities around the UK, creating an economic impact and connecting communities.

Sailing from Rothesay Pier begin on May 23 when you can cruise through the world famous Kyles of Bute to Tighnabruiach.

On May 24 you can take part in a special 40th anniversary sailing retracing the route of her first sailing in preservation by sailing to Tarbert, Tighnabruaich and cruising Loch Fyne towards Ardrishaig.

Waverley will then return for her annual summer sailings from June 20 until August 29.

Andy O’Brian, Waverley’s captain, said: “Whenever you sail aboard Waverley you play your part in ensuring she continues to sail. We have some of the most spectacular scenery in the world surrounding us in the West Coast of Scotland and there is no better way to see it than from the water.”