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Passengers can sail aboard the Paddle Steamer Waverley, restored with towering funnels, timber decks, gleaming varnish and brass, and see and hear the mighty engines turn the ship's famous paddles. On Fridays, sail ‘Doon the Watter’ to visit the seaside resorts of Dunoon or Rothesay. On Wednesdays, customers can cruise through the Kyles of Bute to visit the picturesque villages of Tighnabruaich or Tarbert or stay aboard for a cruise on Loch Fyne. On Sundays, there is a choice of destinations to explore. Participants can cruise to the Isle of Arran and enjoy time ashore in Brodick or Lochranza; steam round Ailsa Craig – referred to by locals as ‘Paddy’s Milestone’ as its halfway between Scotland and Ireland, or sail amid the dramatic mountain scenery of the Clyde ‘Fjord’ of Loch Long. In 1974, Waverley was bought and began a second career as a tourist attraction. Since then, she has been in the operational preservation and she has carried over five million passengers from over 60 ports around the UK. A major restoration project returned Waverley to the original 1940s style in which she was built. Passengers can eat, drink and relax in the restored period lounges onboard and enjoy panoramic views from the sun-kissed promenade deck.