Waverley Excursions

Address: 36 Lancefield Quay, Glasgow, G3 8HA, Scotland
Telephone: 0141 221 8152

- Expensive


Cruise Glasgow’s River Clyde and the outlying islands on the world’s last paddle steamer.

Why not “steam doon the watter” as they say in these parts? Magnificently restored with towering funnels, timber decks, gleaming varnish and brass, this cruise on the Waverley down the River Clyde to Greenock, Helensburgh, Largs, Rothesay or Arran – depending on the itinerary – is a step back in time to Glasgow’s past as a shipbuilding stronghold. Various options are on offer, including steering lessons, engine room tours and dining in the Ship’s Officers saloon. A trip onboard is easily one of the best ways to see Scotland’s magnificent coastline and sea lochs. During the summer sailing season, this is one of the best activities in the city – but it comes at a price.

Value for money

Price advice

Day trips vary in price according to the sailing route but can prove expensive on the longer routes to the Western Isles. Prices for shorter routes start from as low as £25.95 and are half price for children.

The 2011 price schedule has yet to be published but a four day pass to the Western Isles will cost in the region of £150.

Expert tips

It’s not just for children. It’s popular with nostalgic friends, stag groups and corporate travellers.

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Families with younger children
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Sporty types
  • Stag / hen parties
  • Escaping the crowds
  • Great views / scenery
  • Special occasions
  • Sightseeing
  • Nature / wildlife