Piers, Slips and Staiths




Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

This photo was taken by my father in the mid 1950s, on board the MV Lochinvar as it approached the original Lismore timber pier from Oban.
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Colin Miller Collection //1955

The Corran ferry leaves Ardgour Slip on Sunday 10th June 2018
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David Prescott 10/06/2018
The Corran ferry at Ardgour Slip on Sunday 10th June 2018
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David Prescott 10/06/2018

Armadale Pier, in the south west of the Isle of Skye, seen from the approaching Calmac ferry MV Loch Fyne, which had just crossed from Mallaig. ...
Mark Bartlett 27/07/2018
Calmac's MV Lord of the Isles reverses up to the linkspan at Armadale on Skye after making the crossing from Mallaig on 1st August 2018. ...
Mark Bartlett 01/08/2018
The last few vehicles drive across the linkspan onto MV Lord of the Isles at Armadale on 2nd August 2018, prior to the 30 minute crossing from ...
Mark Bartlett 02/08/2018

Arrochar Hotel and Pier, looking south. ...
Ewan Crawford //
PS Waverley at Arrochar Pier in September 1955. ...
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 06/09/1955

At one time there were two piers serving Tighnabruaich but the more southerly of these has been closed for a long time. The pier entrance building ...
Mark Bartlett 06/04/2018



A wagon languishes in the cripples siding at Bates Staithes, Blyth. Given the state of the track from Newsham North Junction behind the camera ...
Ewan Crawford 20/03/2004

View from the passenger area of MV Loch Portain as it nears the Berneray slipway after another crossing of the Sound of Harris on a murky 29th ...
Mark Bartlett 29/07/2018
Calmac's Sound of Harris Ferry, the specially designed MV Loch Portain, loading at the Berneray slipway on 31st July 2018. The elevated lounge, ...
Mark Bartlett 31/07/2018
Looking across the 1999 causeway, which links the islands of North Uist and Berneray, on 31st July 2018. MV Loch Portain is at the Berneray ...
Mark Bartlett 31/07/2018

Diesel tram parked at the Theatre end of the short pier tramway (1991 - 2004) with a notable tower in the backdrop. ...
Ewan Crawford //2001



This pier, on the east coast of the Isle of Arran, is served by ferries from Ardrossan Harbour. ...

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TS Duchess of Hamilton in Brodick Bay on 31 May 1969 whilst returning to Brodick Pier to collect passengers on the Clyde River Steamer Club's 80th ...
John McIntyre 31/05/1969
PS Waverley photographed on 21 July 2011 approaching Brodick Pier on the Isle Of Arran. ...
John Steven 21/07/2011
MV 'Caledonian Isles' berthed at Brodick, Arran, following the crossing from Ardrossan on 21 July 2011. ...
John Steven 21/07/2011
The CalMac Ferry MV Saturn approaching Brodick Pier, Arran, on 16 July 2011 following the crossing from Ardrossan Harbour [see image 15068]. ...
John Steven 16/07/2011




Britain's shortest railway? The remains of an old Admiralty jetty standing in the Firth of Forth just off Carlingnose Point, to the east of North ...
Bill Roberton 06/02/2009






This is a large fishing harbour. Entry is from the western end and there are four large basins and a smaller one at the west end.
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On 3rd April 2018 the slipways on either side of the Kyles of Bute crossing were part way through a comprehensive rebuild and MV Loch Dunvegan ...
Mark Bartlett 03/04/2018
Calmac MV Loch Dunvegan is mid way across the narrow eastern Kyle of Bute on a misty morning in April 2018. This image, taken from the ...
Mark Bartlett 07/04/2018



The old pier building at Craigmore on the Isle of Bute, viewed from the road. The pier closed with the outbreak of war in 1939 and the ironwork was ...
Colin Miller 04/08/2018
This is Craigmore on the eastern outskirts of Rothesay. The long iron pier closed in 1939 on the outbreak of war and was demolished in 1940. The ...
Colin Miller 28/07/2018





MV Maid of Cumbrae at sea off Dunoon in September 1955. ...
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 15/09/1955
Photographed approaching Dunoon from the south on 6 September 1955 is the paddle steamer Jeannie Deans. ...
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 06/09/1955
PS Waverley leaving Dunoon and heading to the south in September 1955. ...
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 06/09/1955
Photographed on the approach to Dunoon from the south on 6 September 1955 is TS Saint Columba. ...
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 06/09/1955



Deck view from TS Saint Columba at Tarbert Pier in September 1958. ...
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 24/09/1958
On 24th August 2010 PS Waverley draws astern from the pier at Tarbert to undertake a short cruise on Loch Fyne as MV Isle of Cumbrae heads for the ...
Malcolm Chattwood 24/08/2010
MV Saturn on an all day excursion from Glasgow to East Loch Tarbert in 1996. The car deck was laid out with plastic tables and chairs and fortunately ...
Ewan Crawford //1996






This pier was alongside Fort William [1st] station. It was formerly a Caledonian MacBrayne served pier with steamers running down Loch Linnhe to other piers such as that at Kentallen and Oban.
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The 'Glenachulish', the last Scottish ferry with a turntable deck, prepares to leave the Glenelg Slip in august 1993. The turntable will turn such ...
Ewan Crawford /08/1993


Close up of the plate carried by MV Lady Wakefield showing its history of use on the River Dart prior to moving to Ullswater. 11th August ...
David Prescott 11/08/2018
MV Western Belle departing Glenridding Pier for an Ullswater cruise on Saturday 11th August 2018.
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David Prescott 11/08/2018
MV Lady Wakefield moored at Glenridding Pier in between Ullswater cruises on Saturday 11th August 2018.
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David Prescott 11/08/2018




The history of piers at Helensburgh is long and complex. There have been numerous piers.
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Having arrived pretty much on time, PS Waverley departed Helensburgh around 100 minutes late on 25 August 2018. The steamer is seen heading ...
John McIntyre 25/08/2018
The layout below decks on the MV Seabus, with seating for 90 passengers, berthed at Helensburgh on 14 June pending the next crossing to Kilcreggan and ...
Veronica Clibbery 14/06/2008
PS Waverley sets off across the Tail of the Bank from Helensburgh heading for the next port of call, Dunoon during the Saturday 22 August 2009 ...
John McIntyre 22/08/2009
MV Seabus, the 2007 purpose built replacement for the 71 year old MV Kenilworth, now plying the route between Helensburgh, Kilcreggan and Gourock, use ...
Veronica Clibbery 14/06/2008





The paddle steamer Waverley at Innellan Pier in September 1957. ...
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 05/09/1957
TS Saint Columba leaving Innellan in September 1955. ...
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 26/09/1955
TS Saint Columba at Innellan in August 1957. ...
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 02/08/1957
TS Saint Columba off Innellan in the summer of 1957, its last full year of service. ...
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 02/08/1957


An excursion by PS Waverley calling at Inveraray Pier on 16 June 1976. ...
Colin Miller 16/06/1976




Although the transport of materials around the Kames Gunpowder Works was handled by the internal horse drawn tramway the finished products were taken ...
Mark Bartlett 05/04/2018






Kilcreggan Pier, with its surviving signalling tower, on 30th July 2017. In the background the 112,000T Caribbean Princess departs Greenock on ...
Mark Bartlett 30/07/2017
SPT's MV Island Princess heads from Kilcreggan Pier to Gourock in July 2016. ...
Ewan Crawford 26/07/2016
In a view taken from the Oban to Glasgow seaplane service on 4 July 2008 PS Waverley is seen leaving Kilcreggan Pier and sailing west down the Clyde. ...
Malcolm Chattwood 04/07/2008




The old ferry slipway at Kyles Scalpay, on the Isle of Harris, in July 2018 with the replacement bridge to the Isle of Scalpay in the background. The ...
Mark Bartlett 28/07/2018


Given the sad news about Waverley's boilers, I thought we might see her in better days. Here she sweeps into Largs Bay to call on 10-8-17.
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Colin Miller 10/08/2017
An image of 'Southsea's sister ship 'Shanklin' renamed as 'Prince Ivanhoe'. She is approaching Largs in the early summer of 1981. Purchased from ...
Colin Miller 11/03/2018
PS Waverley nears Largs pier on 30 July 2013. ...
Bill Roberton 30/07/2013
Talisman calling at Largs in July 1966, not long before her withdrawal. [See image 35311] ...
Colin Miller /07/1966

MV Loch Striven on the Largs - Great Cumbrae service in 1989 when still relatively new, having been built in 1986. This ferry can currently (2016) be ...
Ewan Crawford 10/02/1989

MV Loch Portain arrives at the Leverburgh slipway on Harris after negotiating the rocks and islets of the Sound of Harris with the Calmac ...
Mark Bartlett 29/07/2018


A typical West Highland mix of clutter and clarity: On 31st October 2017 the Port Appin ferry slows towards the jetty at the north end of Lismore, ...
David Spaven 31/10/2017


Kinross, Loch Leven Pier(west view). This building was moved stone by stone from the old NBR goods station at Kelty (closed 1970). The date 1866 above ...
Brian Forbes /11/2006
Looking back from the pier at Kinross towards the Boathouse cafe/Bistro on 23 October. The interesting looking building in the centre (1866), ...
John Furnevel 23/10/2007


The 'Lord of the Isles' tying up at Lochboisdale Pier in August 1993. It was somewhat wet. The next morning she continued to Castlebay, Barra. ...
Ewan Crawford /08/1993

This pier was served by a ferry route from Oban/Connel Ferry/Ach-na-Cloich. The route and operator varied over the years with the first ferry starting in 1877 with a route from Oban. The strong tide in the loch at the Falls of Lora are a navigational restriction which led to Ach-na-Cloich becoming a starting point for the steamers.
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With the opening of the Callander and Oban through to Oban in 1880, various new routes opened. A circular route from Oban to Achnacloich (train) to ...
Ewan Crawford //1995

The water tight doors of MV Hebrides are opening for the Lochmaddy linkspan on arrival from Uig on 1st August 2018. HGV drivers are waiting to ...
Mark Bartlett 01/08/2018
Calmac MV Hebrides comes alongside Lochmaddy Pier and slowly approaches the linkspan after crossing from Skye to North Uist on 1st August 2018. ...
Mark Bartlett 01/08/2018
The neat Calmac terminal building at Lochmaddy on North Uist, which has been built on stilts out over the water. The regular scheduled service from ...
Mark Bartlett 01/08/2018

Builders Plate on CalMac ferry MV Loch Riddon, seen on the crossing from Lochranza on Arran to Claonaig on Kintyre, showing it to be boat H954 ...
David Pesterfield 17/06/2013
CalMac Ferry MV Loch Riddon approaches Lochranza slipway on Arran to form the 12.00 return crossing to Claonaig terminal on Kintyre on 17 June 2013 ...
David Pesterfield 17/06/2013
A view of Lochranza slipway on Arran, from the Calmac Ferry MV Loch Riddon as it starts its 30 minute journey across the Kilbrannan Sound to ...
David Pesterfield 17/06/2013
Incarnation of the ferry MV Rhum at Lochranza in 1984. Great fun to watch drivers who couldn't reverse trying to disembark. ...
Colin Miller //1984


Western Ferries operating in the Clyde. ...
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Western Ferries MV Sound of Scarba arrives at McInroys Point near Gourock after another Clyde crossing from Hunters Quay on 31st March 2018. In ...
Mark Bartlett 31/03/2018


MV 'Keppel' off Millport in 1970. Ex-'Rose', one of three vessels built for the BR Tilbury - Gravesend ferry service in 1960/61. The ...
Colin Miller //1970

MV Corran makes its way across the Loch Linnhe narrows on 2nd August 2018. Predecessor MV Maid of Glencoul is moored in the channel but ...
Mark Bartlett 02/08/2018
Demonstrating the corner loading ramps, vehicles leave the MV Corran after crossing Loch Linnhe on 2nd August 2018. Note the leg to prevent ...
Mark Bartlett 02/08/2018
MV Corran crossing the narrows of Loch Linnhe from Nether Lochaber to Ardgour on 23rd July 2016. [See image 55934] for the ferry's predecessor, ...
Mark Bartlett 23/07/2016
MV Maid of Glencoul, operating the Corran Ferry route from Ardgour, arrives at Nether Lochaber's slip in 1995. Ardgour, and in particular Corran Point ...
Ewan Crawford //1995

The old ferry terminal in Newport-on-Tay closed after the 'MV Scotscraig' departed on 18th August 1966, the same day that the Tay Road Bridge opened. ...
Mark Bartlett 24/08/2018






The old pier at Otter Ferry on the Cowal peninsula is a listed structure. A ferry operated from here across Loch Fyne to West Otter Ferry from the ...
Mark Bartlett 06/04/2018






Calmac MV Loch Riddon waiting at the Portavadie slipway on 5th April 2018 prior to loading for another crossing of Loch Fyne to Tarbert. ...
Mark Bartlett 05/04/2018
Calmac MV Loch Riddon, built at Hessle in 1986, has just left Portavadie crossing Loch Fyne for Tarbert on a sunny 5th April 2018. ...
Mark Bartlett 06/04/2018
MV Isle of Cumbrae loads at Portavadie before making another 25 minute crossing of Loch Fyne to Tarbert in October 2017. The second oldest ...
Mark Bartlett 23/10/2017

PS Waverley on the unique call at Portencross Pier in 1995. ...
Colin Miller //1995

MV Red Baroness, a versatile landing-craft design operated by Troon Tug Co Ltd (a sort of modern day Clyde Puffer), makes its way ...
Mark Bartlett 03/04/2018
MV Loch Dunvegan pulls away from the slipway at Rhubodach to cross the Kyle of Bute to Colintraive. The vessel was made redundant from its ...
Mark Bartlett 25/07/2016
One of Calmac's largest Loch class ferries arrives at Rhubodach after completing the operator's shortest crossing from Colintraive on 6 July 2008. The ...
Malcolm Chattwood 06/07/2008

PS Waverley, before the breakdown, is seen on 26th July 2018 as she leaves Rothesay Pier astern. ...
Colin Miller 26/07/2018
Broadside view of TS Saint Columba, off Rothesay on 9 September 1955. [Ref query 29 October 2018]. ...
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 09/09/1955
The paddle steamer 'Jupiter' photographed off Rothesay in September 1955. Built in 1937 at Fairfield's in Govan, the vessel made her final ...
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 07/09/1955
TS Queen Mary II leaving Rothesay Pier on 25 August 1965. ...
G W Robin 25/08/1965






Diesel-electric Hybrid ferry MV Hallaigh nears the slipway at Sconser on Skye after crossing from the Isle of Raasay, its regular Calmac route. ...
Mark Bartlett 01/08/2018




MV Hebrides arrives at Tarbert on the Isle of Harris with the Saturday evening sailing from Uig on 28th July 2018. For most of the year the ...
Mark Bartlett 28/07/2018

View from the deck of TS Queen Mary II, taken at Tighnabruaich Pier on the western arm of the Kyles of Bute on 25 September 1955. [Ref query 2 ...
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 25/09/1955
TS Queen Mary II approaching Tighnabruaich in September 1955. ...
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 14/09/1955
The view inland from Tighnabruaich Pier on 31st March 2018. Pleasure cruises still call here in the summer, including the PS Waverley. ...
Mark Bartlett 31/03/2018
Tighnabruaich Pier, looking down the Kyle of Bute, on the evening of 31st March 2018. Unfortunately the PS Waverley wasn't present on this ...
Mark Bartlett 31/03/2018


Builders Plate on Caledonian MacBrayne MV Loch Linnhe, seen on the crossing from Mull to Kilchoan on the Ardnamurchan peninsula, showing it to ...
David Pesterfield 18/06/2013
Tobermory slipway on Mull seen during loading of Calmac Ferry MV Loch Linnhe, ready for its journey across the Sound of Mull to Kilchoan on the ...
David Pesterfield 18/06/2013
CalMac Ferry MV Loch Linnhe nears Tobermory slipway on Mull and will form the 14.30 crossing to Kilchoan, on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula. 18th ...
David Pesterfield 18/06/2013



Calmac 'MV Hebrides' departs Uig berth on the north of Skye with the 1400hrs (1 hour 40 minute) sailing to Tarbert on Harris on 19th June 2013. ...
David Pesterfield 19/06/2013
Calmac 'MV Hebrides' loads at Uig Pier on the north of Skye as it readies for its 1400hrs sailing to Tarbert on the Isle of Harris on 19th June 2013. ...
David Pesterfield 19/06/2013
MV Hebrides swings round the headland to approach Uig Pier on Skye after crossing from Lochmaddy (North Uist) on 27th August 2018. After a ...
Mark Bartlett 27/08/2018
MV Hebridean Isles arriving at Uig Bay, Skye, in 1991. ...
Ewan Crawford //2016

Calmac 'MV Isle of Lewis' manoeuvres onto the berth at Ullapool Pier some 20 minutes late following the crossing from Stornoway on the evening of 20th ...
David Pesterfield 20/06/2013
Calmac 'MV Isle of Lewis' rounds the headland as it approaches Ullapool Pier along Loch Broom after the 2 hour 30 minute crossing from Stornoway on ...
David Pesterfield 20/06/2013



A misty morning at Whiting Bay, Isle of Arran, on 7 September 1955, with TS Duchess of Montrose paying a visit. When the wooden pier was opened ...
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 07/09/1955