Paddle steamer sails out of Oban

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The Paddle Steamer Waverley will sail from Oban for three days next month.

On Saturday June 3, the Waverley sail from Oban North Pier and enjoy the four lochs and Corryvreckan whirlpool. There is also a castles and ceilidh’ evening cruise on June 3, featuring a live ceilidh band, for a great night out amid spectacular scenery.

On Sunday June 4 steam to Iona and Iona Abbey and on Monday June 5 visit Tobermory or cruise to Tiree.

This year marks the 70th year since Waverley’s maiden voyage. Named after Sir Walter Scott’s first novel, the ship was built for the London and North Eastern Railway to replace the paddle steamer, HMS Waverley, which was sunk on May 29, 1940, while evacuating troops from Dunkirk.

Launched on October 2, 1946, from the former A&J Inglis yard in Glasgow, she was later towed to Greenock where her triple expansion engines were fitted by Rankin and Blackmore. These have now become one of the ship’s major attractions.

Ross Cochrane, the Waverley’s captain, said: ‘Waverley is a very special ship full of history and charm there is a trip for everyone, places to be explored and enjoyed for both young and old. Every passenger who comes aboard helps this beautiful ship continue to sail and I would encourage everyone to come and enjoy a trip on her.

‘Some of the most stunning scenery in the world can be found on the West Coast of Scotland and Waverley offers a unique way to experience it.’

Fares start at £19 for adults and there are discounts for senior citizens, children under 18, and under-fives travel free. To book tickets or for more information visit www.waverleyexcursions.co.uk or you can purchase tickets at Oban Tourist Information Centre.