Ready for a trip ‘Doon the Watter’ with the PS Waverley?

The PS Waverley

The Paddle Steamer Waverley, which was built over 75 years ago, is the world’s last sea-going paddle steamer. She has been magnificently restored and is considered a national treasure which has carried over 6 million passengers to date and still offers cruises to and from many ports along the west coast of Scotland. With towering funnels, timber decks and gleaming varnish and brasswork, she is a magnificent sight to behold in Argyll’s waters. A unique piece of Britain’s maritime heritage, that brings pleasure to tens of thousands every summer. It’s fair to say that she holds a special place in many people’s hearts.

This year the PS Waverley cast off from Glasgow for her first trip ‘Doon the Watter’ on the 28th of May and celebrated her 75th Diamond Jubilee Anniversary on the 16th of June where the paddle steamer had cruised on Loch Goil, up to Loch Long and then onto Arrochar.

A summer cruise on board the PS Waverley is a truly unique experience and a brilliant way to explore Argyll’s coastline, with day, afternoon, and evening cruises available. Whilst on board dine or relax with a drink in one of the restored lounges, or simply watch the world slip by as you enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding area. If you have a moment to drag yourself away from those magical seascapes, then head down to see how the PS Waverley propels the ship’s paddles to take you on your journey.

PS Waverley going doon the watter, Credit: James Brown

Cruises and Destinations

The PS Waverley summer sailing timetable is now out and can be found here, there is a huge range of fantastic cruises to choose from and destinations to visit across Argyll and the Isles. Enjoy the sights and sounds of a cruise, while stepping ashore to discover vibrant fishing villages, beautiful beaches, and stunning countryside.

Doon the Clyde

Paddle steamers used to bring throngs of Glaswegian holidaymakers ‘doon the watter’ to Cowal and Loch Lomond. The PS Waverley continues this tradition with cruises visiting the most popular destinations of these bygone days, including Rothesay, Tighnabruaich, Kilcreggan, Blairmore, and Dunoon. When the Waverley pulls up at the area’s iconic Victorian piers, with gleaming brass and waving crowds, you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. Highlights include sailing to Rothesay on the island of Bute, cruising up Loch Long and Loch Goil – known as the ‘Clyde Fjords’ – to view the 15th-century Carrick Castle and enjoy the epic mountain scenery while cruising up Loch Fyne through the famous Kyles of Bute deep into Argyll’s Secret Coast. Another fun option is to sail one way to Helensburgh, where there are frequent trains back to Glasgow.

The Kintyre Coast

Cruise the Kintyre Coast down past Campbeltown onto Largs, or cruise around west Arran and the Kintyre Coast. There are lots of options to choose from, with beautiful views across the waters which surround Campbeltown, be sure to look out for the local wildlife and stunning scenery when cruising up and ‘doon the watter’ on the PS Waverley.

Campbeltown Views, Credit: Wild about Argyll

The Hebrides

Cruise to some of Argyll’s most beautiful Hebridean islands on board the Waverley. Visit the four beautiful mid-Argyll Sea lochs of Shuna, Melfort, Craignish and Crinan before heading out to visit the world-famous Corryvreckan Whirlpool between the islands of Jura and Scarba. Or how about cruising up the Sound of Mull to the Sound of Gunna to visit Tiree and discover its beaches? Another highlight includes cruising up the Sound of Mull to visit Tobermory on the island of Mull. This lively port with its brightly painted harbour-front buildings is packed with great shops and cafés.

On board the PS Waverley

On-boarding

You can buy tickets online or on board when you sail. Adult fares for 2022 range from £23-£52 depending on your journey preference and boarding destination. Children aged (5-15) are half an adult fare, and those under 5 are free for every 1 adult ticket purchased. The Waverley expects visitors to arrive before the boarding time to allow for an easy onboarding, extra information can be found on the website. Be sure to check out the Souvenir shop when on the Waverley to grab hold of some exclusive souvenirs the Waverley has to offer this 2022 season.

Dining with a view!

Waverley has a restaurant, two lounge bars and a tearoom, all restored to their original 1940s style. The traditional steamer dining saloon offers refectory style dining with a range of meal choices and is situated on the main deck. Breakfast items are available until 11 am and from noon onwards there is a selection of soups, sandwiches, light bites, and hot meals. If you want to enjoy a drink on board, head to the Jeanie Deans lounge or the Talisman bar for a selection of over 30 malt whiskies and a range of guest ales, all offered in a relaxing atmosphere. For something different, visit the Caledonia Tea bar on the Promenade deck that offers a range of hot and cold drinks, light bites, and cakes, making for the perfect afternoon tea location. Whatever your preference there is something for everyone to enjoy on board the Waverley.

Kyles of Bute View, Credit: Wild about Argyll

Take home memories

No trip on the Waverley is complete without something to take home to remind you of your journey, this will be done through the experience itself, the photos you have captured and spending quality time with family and friends. However, be sure to check out the Souvenir shop when on the Waverley to grab hold of some exclusive souvenirs on offer this 2022 season. As well as postcards, clothing, books, homeware, and confectionery or why not send a postcard from the Victorian post-box.

To find out more about PS Waverley and view the summer timetable here.