There were more problems for vintage paddle steamer Waverley yesterday (June 3rd) with over 100 passengers having to be bussed back to Portree.
A planned cruise from Portree round Raasay and back to the harbour had to be aborted, it’s believed because of tide and wind conditions making it unsafe for the vessel to return to its starting point. Instead the 70 year old ship, the last sea going steamer of its kind in the world, was forced to head to Kyle where it docked. There passengers were met by coaches which brought them back to their original starting point.
One passenger said: “We got to Raasay and were then told that the crew had been informed the conditions were not safe enough to return to Portree so we were taken to Kyle. It did seem strange because the sea seem dead flat and calm.”