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Ullapool first as world's last seagoing paddle steamer Waverley set to visit

By Iona M.J. MacDonald

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The Waverley paddle steamer.
The Waverley paddle steamer.

Ullapool is set to receive a visit from the world's last ocean-going paddle steamer, the Waverley, during her annual visit to Oban and the Inner Hebrides.

On May 22, the historic steamship will offer a cruise from Ullapool down to Lochbroom, and along the west coast to Gairloch or Kyle of Lochalsh.

Kevin Peach, Ullapool harbourmaster, said: “I've been keen to welcome Waverley to Ullapool for a number of years and I'm delighted that the team have been able to schedule her maiden call in May."

“Paddle Steamer Waverley is a much-loved vessel of real national significance and we will be proud to host her. I hope there will be a great response from both locals and visitors to the area and that this will encourage Waverley to visit us every year.”

Passengers of the Waverley, which was built in 1946, will be welcome to visit the boat’s engine room and take in the sights of the steamship, with full catering facilities also available on the cruise.

Waverley’s Master, Captain Dominic McCall, said: “I particularly enjoy cruising the Inner Hebrides with its stunning scenery.

"I look forward to bringing Waverley to Ullapool for the first time and welcoming passengers on board for a great day out.”

Tickets for the Waverley’s sailings can be booked on waverleyexcursions.co.uk or by ringing 0141 243 2224.

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