Lochaber Once More


Day nine commenced at Tobermory after the first overnight berthing of a steamer at the pier since the Second World War. Working into Oban Waverley picked up more passengers before heading north once more passing Lismore and entering Lochaber. After picking up more passengers at Fort William her departure was complicated by an awkwardly ‘parked’ yacht and the prevailing wind but eventually she came north again to approach the end of the Caledonian Canal, at Neptune’s Staircase, the flight if locks at Banavie. Waverley is too large to follow the former MacBrayne paddle steamers Gondolier and Glengarry into the canal and must leave that task to the recently arrived luxury cruise vessel, Lord of the Glens which we passed as she lay in the dock at Corpach


Lord of the Glens at Corpach

Continuing through the narrows of Caol the view aft was tho Britiain’s highest mountain Ben Nevis



Waverley in  the narrow channel between Lochs Linnhe and Eil, Ben Nevis towering beyond


Waverley traversed almost the entire length of Loch Eil on the latest of her rare visits to that loch then retraced her way to Fort William and Oban where she took on Colin MacDonald’s band for a Ceilidh Showboat.


At Oban North pier preparing for the showboat


Return to Oban ‘ in the Gloaming’


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