Waverley Excursions

Destination Guide

What to see & do in Scotland

WESTERN ISLES

4 LOCHS & A WHIRLPOOL Steam past the Isles of the Sea to cruise the four lochs of Shuna, Melfort, Craignish and Crinan before cruising to the spectacular Corryvreckan Whirlpool.

ARMADALE Sail through the Sound of Mull to see the small Isles. View the majestic Cullin Hills on arrival at Armadale where you can spend time ashore.

CASTLES & CEILIDH CRUISE Let the ceilidh band entertain you as you cruise Loch Linnhe on this evening showboat. Restaurant and Lounge Bars open all evening.

CRUISE GUNNA SOUND Sail up the Sound of Mull and cruise the Inner Hebrides and Gunna Sound. Gunna lies between Tiree and Coll.

CRUISE ROUND RAASAY Sail under the famous Skye Bridge in the shadow of the Island, past the Isle of Scalpay and up the Sound of Rassay and then set sail right round the charming Isle of Raasay amidst the spectacular Hebridean scenery.

CRUISE TOWARDS LOCH TORRIDON Cruise from Gairloch along dramatic Wester Ross scenery towards Loch Torridon.

GAIRLOCH Sail all the way to Gairloch and spend time ashore in this popular Wester Ross tourist destination which boasts a small museum, several hotels and beaches.

IONA Sail all the way to Iona (landing by tender boat) and spend time ashore – visit Iona Abbey or the stunning white shell-sand beaches.

INVERIE Cruise up remote Loch Nevis to visit Inverie – set amidst spectacular scenery – only accessible by sea and home to Britain’s remotest pub!

PORTREE Sail under the famous Skye Bridge in the shadow of the Island, past the Isle of Scalpay and up the Sound of Rassay before arriving to spend time ashore at Portree. Set round its natural harbour, Portree is the main town on Skye and an important centre, with an excellent range of shops and leisure facilities, including a swimming pool, pony-trekking and boat cruises. It is very much a cultural focus for the island and the Aros Centre at the south end of the town has an exhibition about the environment of Skye and Lochalsh and an RSPB exhibit with nest cameras for the rare sea-eagles.

RAASAY Sail under the famous Skye Bridge in the shadow of the Island, past the Isle of Scalpay before arriving to spend time ashore at Raasay. Visit the village Inverarish or take a short walk round Inver Bay which follows a delightful old path downhill through woodland and past waterfalls to reach a peaceful pebble beach with a stunning outlook.

TOBERMORY Sail up the Sound of Mull and spend the afternoon in the port of Tobermory; the main town on Mull. This picturesque town curves around the harbour and up into the hillside. Its brightly painted harbour front buildings were the setting of children’s television show Balamory.   There are a mixture of shops and places to eat and the town is also home to the Mull Museum and the Mull Aquarium.   Tobermory is an ideal location for wildlife watching, with the seas off the coast of Mull being important feeding areas for whales, dolphins and basking sharks.

TIREE Tiree is the most westerly island in the Inner Hebrides. This relatively small island has some of the highest levels of sunshine recorded anywhere in the British Isles; often being referred to as the ‘Hawaii of the North’! Take a walk along the stunning beaches or visit the local arts and crafts studios.

 

CLYDE

4 ISLAND CRUISE A wonderful cruise allowing views of the 4 islands of Arran, Bute and Cumbrae and sailing round the Holy Isle off the coast of Arran. From Largs and Millport you view the 2 islands of Arran and Holy Isle. Holy Isle has a long history as a sacred site, with a spring or Holy well held to have healing properties, the hermit cave of 6th Century monk Saint Molaise, and evidence of a 13th Century monastery.

2 ISLAND CRUISE From Glasgow (coach connection), Largs & Millport you view Arran & Holy Isle. Holy Isle has a long history as a sacred site, with a spring or Holy well held to have healing properties, the hermit cave of 6th Century monk Saint Molaise, and evidence of a 13th Century monastery.

AYR Spend the afternoon in the seaside resort of Ayr. Take the kids to the beach or spend time wandering around the shops. For those interested in Robert Burns why not try ‘Walkabout Auld Ayr Town’, a tour taking you around his legendary haunts and the story of Tam O’Shanter. Guides are dressed as Rabbie Burns for this delightful and charming tour proving beyond a doubt that the Scots are known for their hospitality. For more details contact Ayr Tourist Office 01292 885680.

AYR (SHORT TRIP) Spend the afternoon in the seaside resort of Ayr. Take the kids to the beach or spend time wandering around the shops. No return.

BLAIRMORE Allows visitors to access Scotland`s National Park. Get fantastic views as you enjoy an easygoing walk, which climbs gently by following the Blairmore North Circular Walk – takes just over 1hr for approx 3 miles; or stroll along the seafront from Blairmore to Strone – approx 2 miles of easy going terrain. Well worth a visit is the Blairmore Art & Craft Gallery & Coffee Shop.

BRODICK The Isle of Arran has also become known as ‘Scotland in Miniature’ – with mountains & lochs in the north of the Island and rolling hills in the south. Brodick has a variety of visitor attractions as well as the sandy beach of Brodick Bay and a number of shops, cafes & hotels situated along the promenade. Day-trippers can catch the bus at the end of the pier for a trip to Brodick Castle and Gardens or a tour round the Island.

CAMPBELTOWN Campbeltown is a pretty town – one of the largest in Argyll – set in the scenic southern Kintyre. Sail into the pretty harbour and spend the afternoon strolling around the harbour area or visit Campbeltown Museum which is only a short stroll from the pier. You can also visit the Heritage Centre, SpringBank Whisky Distillery (Please book places in advance by calling 01586 552085) Aqualibrium leisure complex.

CRUISE AILSA CRAIG Ailsa Craig is a well-known landmark in Scotland – often referred to by locals as ‘Paddy’s milestone’ due to its locality being roughly half way between mainland Scotland & Ireland. Ailsa Craig is now an RSPB nature reserve and boasts cliffs hundreds of feet high providing nesting for an impressive variety of seabird colonies including over 40,000 pairs of gannets. Historically the island was famed for its high quality granite – used for curling stones including those used by the Scottish Women’s Curling Team Olympic Gold medal winners! The lighthouse, which stands on the Island, has been automated since 1990. This wonderful cruise sails right round the Island giving close up views.

CRUISE ARROCHAR & CARRICK CASTLE Visit quaint Blairmore village or stay aboard to cruise up Loch Long towards Arrochar and Carrick Castle.

CRUISE ARRAN COAST
Enjoy a scenic cruise along the Arran coastline. For bird enthusiasts there are 20-25 species of birds breeding around the island.

CRUISE LOCHS Sail amid the dramatic mountain scenery of the Clyde ‘Fjords’ Loch Long & Loch Goil.

CRUISE LOCHS & CARRICK CASTLE Sail amid the spectacular mountain scenery of Loch Long & Loch Goil – sometimes referred to as the ‘Clyde Fjords’ – to view the 15th Century Tower House of Carrick Castle. Some think the original castle dates back to as early as the 12th Century.

CRUISE LOCH FYNE This is a long sea-loch which runs from the Sound of Bute deep into the heart of the Argyll mountains and is well known for fishing and oysters. At 41 miles long, Loch Fyne is just two miles short of being Scotland’s largest sea-loch – to sail all the way would take far too long! Waverley sails up as far as Kilfinan Bay where she turns and heads back amidst spectacular mountain scenery.

CRUISE LOCH FYNE TO ARDRISHAIG Cruise Loch Fyne towards Ardrishaig, this is a long sea-loch which runs from the Sound of Bute deep into the heart of the Argyll mountains and is well known for fishing and oysters. At 41 miles long, Loch Fyne is just two miles short of being Scotland’s largest sea-loch – to sail all the way would take far too long!

CRUISE SANDA ISLES TOWARDS MULL OF KINTYRE Cruise down the Kilbrannan sound towards the Mull of Kintyre and the Sanda Islands.

CRUISE SKIPNESS POINT & CASTLE Steaming across the Kilbrannan Sound and up the famous Mull of Kintyre Coast to Skipness Point with views of the 13th Century Skipness Castle where Waverley turns and heads back over to Isle of Arran.

DUNOON is Cowal’s principal town and a typical seaside resort boasting a range of hotels, shops & eating-places. Enjoy a trip to Castle House Museum, Dunoon Ceramics, explore the resort or simply relax and take in the views.

EVENING SHOWBOATS Don’t miss the famous Evening Showboats with live music. Sail down the River Clyde – see the sun set over Dunoon before you turn and head back upriver. Lounge bars and restaurant open all evening. Bring friends, colleagues & family for a great night out!

GREENOCK (SHORT TRIP) With breathtaking views to the Argyll Hills and Scottish Highlands. Shipbuilding, manufacturing and trading brought prosperity to Greenock & Inverclyde in the 19th and 20th centuries, spawning such illustrious sons as James Watt, the engineer, whose famous inventions paved the way for the industrial revolution. There is a frequent train service back to Glasgow from Greenock.

HELENSBURGH There’s a long promenade in Helensburgh with an array of shops, restaurants & coffee shops as well as Amusements on the Pier. Most notable architectural feature is Hill House designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Hermitage Park has lawns & gardens while the promenade has memorials to two of Helensburgh’s most famous personalities: Henry Bell, operator of the world’s first commercial sea-going steamboat, the Comet, and television pioneer John Logie Baird.

HELENSBURGH (SHORT TRIP) One way only, frequent train service back to Glasgow from Helensburgh.

KILCREGGAN Take a quiet coastal stroll to the village of Cove and have afternoon tea at KnockDerry House, an elegant Victorian country house hotel with views over Loch Long towards the Cowal Hills.

LARGS Take a stroll along the promenade round the horseshoe shaped Largs Bay with plenty of shops & eating places including Nardini`s Scotland’s most famous cafe, restaurant & ice cream parlour. There are two golf courses, putting, bowls, play parks, fishing, diving, swimming pool, amusement arcades and a ten pin bowling alley all in Largs ensuring a great day out for all the family in a traditional seaside resort.

LARGS (SHORT TRIP) One way only, frequent train service back to Glasgow from Largs.

LOCHRANZA Enjoy a visit to this most scenic of Arran’s villages. Take the chance to visit the Castle ruins. The Lochranza Hotel is situated nearby for a quick refreshment or visit the Lochranza Distillery before heading back to the Pier. There are plenty of footpaths and tracks up into the magnificent hills, which surround Lochranza, or there are more gentle walks along the coast.

MILLPORT (Keppel) On the island of Cumbrae has a variety of facilities for people of all ages. You can hire a bike to cycle round the island. There’s crazy golf, amusements, play parks; a museum and aquarium with plenty of places to eat & drink. On the outskirts of Millport is the ‘Cathedral of the Isles’, the smallest Cathedral in Europe.  Also the Marine Station at Keppel Pier, now run by the Field Studies Council, houses the Robertson Museum and Aquarium. It is a unique attraction showcasing the rich marine life of the Firth of Clyde as well as the varied history of the Island and marine research at the station, there is a shop and the opportunity to hold animals in the touch tanks. The Museum and Aquarium is open daily from 11am.

PIRATES & PRINCESSES Join in the fun onboard – take part in the treasure hunt onboard – there are prizes for the best dressed Pirates & Princesses!

ROTHESAY Scotland’s Madeira. On a sheltered bay on the Island of Bute, with a climate so mild that palm trees grow along the promenade! Rothesay Castle dates from the 11th Century and is open to the public. Visit the restored Winter Gardens housing the Discovery Centre., Bute Museum, climb the Serpentine walk to Canada Hill for magnificent views or visit the Marquess of Bute’s Home – Mount Stuart. There is a good choice of shops & eating facilities. Waverley passengers get half price entry to the Bute Highland Games August 20.

RIVER CLYDE HISTORY – SHORT TRIPS FOR CHILDREN Ideal trips for children – see Shipyards & new Waterfront developments from Glasgow or a Lighthouse, Castle, Marina & Power Station from Greenock.

TARBERT A 20mins stroll round the natural harbour takes you into the idyllic village of Tarbert, renowned for some of the finest seafood in Scotland, caught in the clear waters of Loch Fyne. Within the village there are a range of shops and eating places.

TIGHNABRUAICH Cruise through the world famous Kyles of Bute to visit this beautifully situated Highland village. A short stroll from the pier takes you into the centre of the village where you will find charity and gift shops as well as the Tighnabruaich Gallery, which is well worth a visit. There are places where you can grab a coffee, ice cream or a spot of lunch.