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.

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View the website for timetables of the Waverley at www.waverleyexcursions.co.uk. Bookings by phone can be made by calling 0141 243 2224.

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Cruises round Ailsa Craig are normaly Mondays from Largs and Ayr.

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

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Cruises to Millport, Kyles of Bute, Tarbert and Loch Fyne, normally Wednesdays, are from Ayr and Largs. Large Image


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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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.

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Paddle Steamer Waverley

Call 0141 243 2224

2015 marked 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!