Waverley Excursions

Ask The Purser

You didn’t go to the Western Isles on the Bank Holiday Weekend – did this affect the numbers?
Almost 300 passengers left the Clyde in bright and sunny conditions on 27th May for Waverley’s 2014 visit to the Western Isles – many of whom remained for the full week. With the first visit to Port Ellen for a while, many took the opportunity to inspect the revamped pier and hotel. The next day the ship sailed via Armadale and Mallaig and landed over 200 at Inverie for a short stay. Then followed two successful days cruising from Kyle and Portree – to Gairloch and towards Loch Torridon (with over 500 aboard) on the Thursday and to Raasay and around Raasay and Rona on the Friday. The vessel then overnighted at Tobermory (where the midges plagued both crew and passengers alike) before taking up her bank holiday weekend of sailings out of Oban. Saturday’s trip took Waverley back to Armadale and Inverie – where over 300 were landed – while on Sunday 1st June almost 500 were carried on the “Four Lochs” cruise.

Why didn’t you sail from Fort William?
There was a change from the pattern of recent years due to the pier at Fort William being unavailable on the Sunday evening a ceilidh cruise was offered out of Oban with the popular West Coast band Trail West playing onboard.

Why did the ship not land passengers at Iona?
The first disruption to the season’s schedule occurred on the Monday when sea conditions meant that a landing at Iona was not possible. Instead the ship completed a circumnavigation of Mull with close up views of the island Staffa (in rather cool conditions, with persistent heavy showers).

What happened at  Port Ellen on the return?
The next day Waverley set off for her return to the Clyde with weather conditions improving all the time. A Port Ellen call had to be abandoned due to the unavailbilty of pier staff – seemingly they were all away at a funeral in Bowmore!

T Gamblin