BOOKINGS for the Waverley's spring sailings are now open.

The popular paddle steamer will kick off an exciting programme of cruising on Friday May 17 this year for a Clyde Coast trip.

Bookings are now open, with the Waverley's operators set to release the 2024 sailing programme area-by-area in the near future and open for further bookings.

The vessel is gearing up for the new season as key maintenance and refit work approaches completion. 

She is scheduled to have her annual dry docking in April ahead of the season kicking off. 

Waverley Excursions has promised that this year's schedule will see the vessel return to several ports and piers for the first time in decades and some surprise first-time visits have also been lined up. 

The famous ship enjoyed one of its most successful seasons last year as passengers numbers rose by 50 per cent compared to the year before.