The grand old lady of the sea - ps Waverley – will be celebrating her 70th birthday off the coast of Skye.

The last sea-going paddle steamer in existence was named after Sir Walter Scott’s first novel.

 

Waverley was originally intended to sail only between Craigendoran & Arrochar in West Scotland – however, she now sails right round Britain offering regular trips on the Clyde, the Thames, south coast of England and the Bristol Channel with calls at Liverpool & Llandudno.

From June 1 – 4 the Waverley will once again return to the waters around Skye. Built in 1947 she was bought for just £1 at the end of her working life in 1975 by the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society. Waverley Steam Navigation Co. Ltd, a charity registered in Scotland.

Since she has been in operational preservation she has been awarded four stars by Visit Scotland, an engineering heritage award, and has carried over five million passengers from over 60 ports around the UK.

In 2003 a major restoration saw her returned to the original 1940s style in which she was built, which was made possible with major grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the PSPS. Contributions also came from Glasgow City Council, Scottish Enterprise Glasgow, the European Regional Development Fund and local authorities.

The planned routes are as follows and bookings can be made by going to waverleyexcursions.co.uk

WEDNESDAY June 1

Oban 0900

Armadale 1345

Inverie 1430/1530

Armadale 1615

*Kyle of Lochalsh 1745

THURSDAY June 2

Kyle of Lochalsh 1000

Portree 1145

Gairloch 1415

Cruise to Loch Torridon

Gairloch 1615

Portree 1830

Kyle of Lochalsh 2000

FRIDAY June 3

Kyle of Lochalsh 1000

Raasay 1130

Portree 1215

Cruise Round Raasay

Raasay 1515

Portree 1600

Kyle of Lochalsh 1745

*Armadale 1915

*Oban 2315

SATURDAY June 4

Glasgow c dep 0700

Oban 1000

Armadale 1445

Inverie 1530/1600

Armadale 1645

Oban 2100

Glasgow c arr 2330