The World’s Last Sea-Going Paddle Steamer – The Waverley


The World’s Last Sea-Going Paddle Steamer – The Waverley

The Waverley is a paddle steamer that has been a beloved fixture in Scotland for over 70 years. This magnificent vessel has been transporting passengers up and down the coast of Scotland since 1947, and it continues to do so to this day.

The world’s last sea-going paddle steamer,  since 2003, Waverley has been listed in the National Historic Fleet by National Historic Ships UK as “a vessel of pre-eminent national importance”.

Beautiful views of the Scottish Coastine
Beautiful views of the Scottish Coastline

The Waverley was originally built in 1946 by A. & J. Inglis of Glasgow. It was designed to replace the previous Waverley, which had been destroyed during the Second World War. The new Waverley was built to be bigger and better than its predecessor, and it quickly became a popular choice for tourists and locals alike.

The Waverely Has a Unique Look and Feel

One of the things that makes the Waverley so special is its paddle wheels. These huge wheels are located mid-ship and are responsible for propelling the vessel forward. The paddle wheels give the Waverley a unique look and feel, and they are one of the reasons why so many people love to ride on this historic vessel.

Over the years, the Waverley has undergone several renovations and upgrades. In 1974, the boat was converted from coal to oil-fired boilers, which made it more efficient and environmentally friendly. In 2001, the Waverley was given a major overhaul, which included the replacement of its engines and the refurbishment of its interior.

Paddle Steamer Waverley in Oban, basking in the Scottish sunshine

One of Scotland’s Most Popular Tourist Attractions

Today, the Waverley is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Scotland. Thousands of people each year take a ride on this magnificent vessel, and it is easy to see why. The boat offers stunning views of the Scottish coastline, and it provides a unique glimpse into the country’s rich maritime history.

If you are planning a trip to Scotland, then a ride on the Waverley is a must-do activity. You can choose from a range of different trips, including day trips, evening cruises, and longer voyages. Whatever your preference, you are sure to have a wonderful time on this iconic paddle steamer.

So why not book your tickets today and experience the magic of the Waverley for yourself? Whether you are a history buff, a nature lover, or simply looking for a fun day out, the Waverley has something for everyone. So come aboard and discover the beauty of Scotland from a whole new perspective!

Glorious day spent on the Paddle Steamer Waverley
Glorious day spent on the Paddle Steamer Waverley

Sailings from Oban are available throughout the year and Dundonald Landing is a perfect place to stay when planning a trip on the Waverley.  Learn more from Lorna about trips on the famous paddle steamer and details on the accommodations at the lodges.