Waverley Paddle Steamer

The Waverley paddle steamer steams out of Ayr to the islands of Ailsa Craig, Cumbrae, Bute and Arran from May until August. View the website for timetables of the Waverley at www.waverleyexcursions.co.uk. Bookings by phone can be made by calling 0845 130 4647.

The main summer cruise destinations and times from Ayrshire ports are at the bottom of this page with price guides.

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Waverley paddle steamer image
Waverley paddle steamer image

Cruises round Ailsa Craig are normaly Mondays from Ayr.

Cruises to Isle of Arran, Dunnon, Lochs and Castles, normally Tuesdays, are from Ayr.

Cruises to Millport, Kyles of Bute, Tarbert and Loch Fyne, normally Wendnedays, are from Ayr.

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The Waverley is the only remaining seagoing paddle steamer in the world. She was built on the Clyde in 1947 and operated until 1974 by Caledonian MacBrayne Ferries. The ferry company gifted her to the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society in 1974.

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Waverley paddle steamer image

As the Waverley underwent a £4 million refit in 1999, she is expected to stay in service for many years yet.

Thursday - Sunday the Waverley normaly steams out of Glasgow and Greenock.


Paddle Steamer Waverley

Sunday 28 June Leave 3pm Back 7pm / Every Monday July 20 until August 24 Leave 2.45pm back 7pm.

Sail from Ayr Steam Round Ailsa Craig - Adults £23 Seniors £21 Children £11.50.

Ailsa Craig is a well-known landmark in Scotland - often referred to by locals as 'Paddy's milestone' due to its locality being roughly half way between mainland Scotland & Ireland. Ailsa Craig is now an RSPB nature reserve and boasts cliffs hundreds of feet high providing nesting for an impressive variety of seabird colonies including over 40,000 pairs of gannets. Historically the island was famed for its high quality granite - used for curling stones including those used by the Scottish Women's Curling Team Olympic Gold medal winners! The lighthouse, which stands on the Island, has been automated since 1990. This wonderful cruise sails right round the Island giving close up views.

Every Tuesday June 30 August 25 Leave 10am back 7.50pm

Sail from Ayr Isle of Arran, Dunnon, Lochs and Castles Adults £31 Seniors £29 Children £15.50

Sail amid the spectacular mountain scenery of Loch Long & Loch Goil sometimes referred to as the Clyde Fjords to view the 15th Century Tower House of Carrick Castle. Some think the original castle dates back to as early as the 12th Century.

Every Wednesday July 1 August 26 Leave 10am back 8.45pm Adults £35 Seniors £31 Children £17.50

Sail from Ayr Millport, Kyles of Bute, Tarbert, Loch Fyne

This is a long sea-loch which runs from the Sound of Bute deep into the heart of the Argyll mountains and is well known for fishing and oysters. At 41 miles long, Loch Fyne is just two miles short of being Scotlands largest sea-loch to sail all the way would take far too long! Waverley sails up as far as Kilfinan Bay where she turns and heads back amidst spectacular mountain scenery.

Book Online www.waverleyexcursions.co.uk

Call 0845 130 4647

2015 marks the 40th year that the ship 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. Incredibly, she has had a longer career in preservation than she had as a commercial enterprise!