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Wednesday, 22 August 2012 21:36

Dumbarton Castle

Dumbarton was the centre of the ancient kingdom of Strathclyde from the 5th century until 1018.

Impressively situated on a volcanic rock overlooking the Firth of Clyde, it was an important royal refuge.
Tuesday, 10 May 2011 22:42

The Waverley Paddle Steamer

The Waverley was built on the Clyde in 1947 - to replace the original Waverley that sunk off Dunkirk in 1940, the Waverley was originally built to sail only between Craigendorran and Arrochar in West Scotland. It is amazing to think that she now sails right round Britain offering regular trips on the Clyde, the Thames, South Coast of England and the Bristol Channel with other calls at various ports and piers throughout the UK.

£1 doesn't get you much these days, but in 1974 it bought a 693-tonne paddle steamer! Mounting running costs left the then operators no choice but to withdraw Waverley from service with the idea of preserving this unique ship. The Paddle Steamer Preservation Society (PSPS) stepped in and took over the helm - for the princely sum of £1. It is a credit to the Society and supporters that the Waverley became more than a museum and now operates a full programme of cruises from Easter to October.

2003 saw the completion of a major restoration project, which returned Waverley to the original 1940s style with which she was built. This has only been possible with major grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund totalling over £6m and the PSPS. Contributions have also come from Glasgow City Council, Scottish Enterprise Glasgow, the European Regional Development Fund and local authorities. WAVERLEY has been supported by the PSPS with a vibrant membership of over 4,000 for 30 years but only the excellent partnership with the HLF has provided WAVERLEY with a viable long-term future.

There are many books and videos on Waverley for those who wish a more in-depth look at her long & varied history, or log on to our supporters website at www.pswaverley.org

For more information on the Waverley, tickets and rates please see website.
Published in Interesting Places
Monday, 09 May 2011 16:08

Clyde Cruising

Take in the sites whilst cruising the “Wonderful Clyde”. See stunning views like the Isle of Arran, Millport and more. The trip is best undertaken within the full 4 days however the trip can be easily altered to meet your individual requirements.
Published in Tour Ideas