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“The best day trip we've had in years!!!”

Waverley Excursions
Ranked #67 of 284 things to do in Glasgow
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Waverley is the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world. Offering Day, Afternoon and Evening Cruises from a port near you! Enjoy unrivalled access to Britain's Coasts, Rivers and Islands.Magnificently restored with towering funnels, timber decks, gleaming varnish and brass. See and hear the mighty engines - they will provide a whiff of nostalgia for some but are sure to impress all!
Reviewed July 23, 2013

Ventured out on the five island cruise and was not disappointed. The weather and water conditions were perfect as we set off from Greenock at 10.30am last Thursday. With pick ups/drop offs at Millport,Dunoon,Largs, Helensburgh etc we eventually arrived at Brodick on the isle of Arran around 3.15pm, just in time for an Arran Dairy Ice Cream! Delish indeed! The five islands were Cumbrae,Bute, Arran and then a tour around Pladda and the Holy Isle(we didn't do that bit) and then back via the various docks we arrived back at Greenock around 9.45 pm. Everyone on the boat was really friendly and service was excellent. Take a picnic or dine inside the hull at one of the two eating areas. You can pop down and visit the engine rooms and chat with the staff who at very knowledgable and willing to answer the kids umpteen questions. It is very warm in there though, so be prepared! Would definately recommend. There are loads of shorter trips if the whole day out is not for you or just want to visit a specific island. Would be a great gift for someone. We'll be back next year!

Thank Mummytra
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

A day 'going doon the water'. Marvellous. Having heard so much but never been on the waverley despite 40 years of living in Glasgow we took a day trip on Friday 19 July, sitting on the rear top deck just soaking in the sun just a little too much.
Coming back after a stop in Rothesay (we chose to stay on board) we had a snack and a meal on board. Nice.
Its a great experience. I watched the engines twice - magical - I remember the paddle steamer on the Newport Ferry run 50 years ago and memories came flooding back. Thats me. I'm hooked. We will book for another excursion before the end of the month ! And I'll join the group who support this wonderful treasure.

Thank Ian S
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

We bought vouchers from Itison and decided on a day and date. A Monday, which meant we could join the ship in Glasgow - an hour's drive for us. I phoned to check the route - Largs, Ayr and an afternoon cruise round Ailsa Craig. First of all the ship - she's lovely, all wooden panelling and generally of her time. And those engines! Steam powered by 3 triple-expansion cylinders, turning at an estimated 60rpm and driving the ship along at a fair lick (nautical for fastish). The ships PA worked only intermittently, unless you were the Purser, who was keen for everyone to exchange their Itison vouchers, convert their on-line purchases, and buy tickets for the bus from Ayr to Glasgow (not included in the Itison price, but in no way rendering the Itison purchase unattractive. The self- service food was OK. The bar was expensive. The tearoom a delight and personned by a charming East European girl, with a passion for neatness and cleanliness, which was a true pleasure to witness. So the lack of PA was also compounded by a lack of useful info about the journey e.g. How long from Glasgow to Largs & could we get off for an ice cream at Nardini's. answer 2hrs 30, and no. How long from Largs to Ayr, and what attractions are there in Ayr rather than circling Ailsa Craig. Answer, 2 hours, and apparently none! The Ailsa Craig cruise was super - PA working again and used both by the Waverley chappie and a well-informed bloke from the RSPB. It was a jolly long day for us - 0800 to 2100 - that's 11 of your terrestrial hours. I think I'll take a shorter trip if I do it again.

Thank RGOL44
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Reviewed July 22, 2013 via mobile

Having flown up from London to do 2 trips on the Waverley I wasn't disappointed. The trip on Sat 21st to Tighnabruaich was fantastic the views were great (helped by the excellent weather) and the atmosphere on board was brilliant (apart from a few idiots as mentioned by the last poster). Sunday the 22nd was a completely different trip in terms of the atmosphere with far less drinking although still excellent views on the trip to Campbeltown and good food. The crew were amazingly helpful on both days. Highly recommended to everyone

Thank Owentrucker
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

If you have already read some Waverley reviews, you may experience deja vu reading mine.

So basically, it was a lovely sunny Saturday in Helensburgh - clear blue skies, a pipe band playing on the pier and lots of people out to watch the Waverley arriving from Greenock. My partner and I had purchased tickets online for the return trip to Rothesay for something different and so, just after midday, we boarded a sold out Waverley trip, calling at Dunoon, our stop Rothesay and Tighnabruaich.

The sail outwards was quite pleasant, a slight queue at the bar for the slightly overpriced drinks but the Waverley is a pretty impressive vessel.. The decor, the fantastic engine room and even the guy doing the announcements who sounds like a public service broadcaster from the 50s (at least from what I've seen on TV, I'm not that old :p)

We had a good few hours to spend looking around Rothesay Castle and a spot of lunch, and then after queueing for a bit to get back on-board looked forward to another leisurely cruise back to Helensburgh. The only problem was that this time, the boat was full of people who had not only finished some 'tins' off before getting on the ship in the morning, but had also spent the entire outwards trip drinking from the bar, drinking in Rothesay pubs and then drinking their vodka-disguised-as-water. So basically, it was full of folks staggering about, swearing and shouting, spilling drinks everywhere and generally making a nuisance of themselves (the drama llama was ever present here with an interesting fight between a young guy and what appeared to be his girlfriend just outside the pursers office). Eventually when we got back to Helensburgh, several of these drunken idiots were ejected, with at least one being escorted away by the police.

Could have been a great day out but somewhat ruined by people with no common sense or consideration for others. It's a real shame because The Waverley is a great piece of working history.

3  Thank MProudfoot
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PS_Waverley, Front Office Manager at Waverley Excursions, responded to this reviewResponded July 24, 2013

Thank you for your recent comments submitted via Tripadvisor.

We are delighted to hear that you had an enjoyable trip aboard Waverley, however disappointed to note that a small minority of passengers, through their behaviour on board on this date, spoilt this.

Our excursions to Rothesay on a Saturday are very popular with our younger clientele like most other tourist attractions. Nevertheless, we operate a no-nonsense policy in relation to any passengers under the influence prior to embarkation.

We would like to thank you once again for taking the time to highlight your experience aboard Waverley on this date and we note your support of Waverley as a unique piece of maritime history. We hope that we are able to welcome you aboard Waverley on perhaps one of our quieter excursions on a Friday or Sunday.

Kind regards,

Customer Services
Waverley Excursions Ltd

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