Waverley Paddle Steamer

The Waverley paddle steamer steams out of Ayr, Girvan and Largs 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.

May and early June cruises are only on certain dates so these are best checked at the Waverley website. The main summer cruise destinations and times from Ayrshire ports are at the bottom of this page.

Waverley paddle steamer

Prices for around Ailsa Craig, normaly Mondays, are about £23 from Largs, £18 from Ayr and £17 from Girvan.

Prices to Millport, Rothsey & Loch Fyne, normally Tuesdays, are about £ 33 from Ayr and £27 from Largs.

Prices to Brodick, Dunoon, Lochs & Carrick Castles, normally Wednesdays, are about £27 from Ayr and £18 from Largs.

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.

Waverley paddle steamer
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Waverley paddle steamer

As the Waverley underwent a £4 million refit in 1999, she is expected to stay in service for many years yet. See below for a timetable showing the main routes in summer. Prices and Timetables should be checked at the Waverley website.

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

The timetables below are just a rough guide, these can change now and again.


July 23rd - August 27th

Glasgow 10.00

Largs 12.25

Ayr 14.30

Girvan 16.00

Round Ailsa Craig

Ayr 18.45

Girvan by coach 19.45

Largs by coach 19.45

Glasgow by coach 19.45


June 26th - August 21st

Ayr 10.00

Millport 11.40

Largs 12.10

Rothsay 12.50

Tighnabruaich 13.40

Tarbert 14.54

Loch Fyne Cruise

Tarbert 16.20

Tighnabruaich 17.25

Rothsay 18.15

Largs 19.00

Millport 19.30

Ayr 21.00


June 27th - August 22nd

Ayr 10.00

Brodick 11.30

Largs 12.50

Dunoon 13.50

Blairmore 14.50

Lochs & Carrick Castles

Blairmore 15.30

Dunoon 15.50

Largs 16.50

Brodick 18.10

Ayr 19.50