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Recreating five 19th-century paddle steamer routes around Argyll and Bute in western Scotland. I tried to keep the routes to an average of around 50 miles, so to extend a short route I return us to Dunoon.

Mentions of stop below just denote that’s where the ferry berthed on their journeys.

The files are only in Little Navmap (.lnmpln) format: since there are no departure or destination airports to select, the sim doesn’t load the .pln files correctly. I will likely add the routes manually in World Map and then upload the .plns here.

PS Chancellor

53 miles.

We fly east, into the mouth of the River Clyde, and down to Bowling, where passengers who wanted to travel to Loch Lomond alighted to catch the train to Balloch. We head back downstream and enter Loch Long, stopping at Blairmore and Ardentinny. Turn left into Loch Goil and fly all the way to the end for a stop at the aptly named Lochgoilhead. Returning south, we turn left to fly up the northern end of Loch Long to Arrochar at its head.

PS Gael

49 miles.

We start with a 15-mile flight to the southern tip of the Isle of Bute, where we turn west above the Isle of Arran. Carradale is our first stop, then ten miles down to Campbeltown, sheltered in its inlet.

PS Hero

63 miles.

Fly 11 miles south to the Isle of Bute and the first stop at Kilchattan Bay, before continuing on to Brodick and Lamlash on the Isle of Arran. Then it’s back north to Dunoon.

PS Iona

43 miles.

Begin by flying south to the end of the Cowal peninsula, where we turn west for the first stop at Rothesay on the Isle of Bute. Then it’s north towards Loch Striven, but we bear left and make our way around the western side of Bute. After flying south along the Kyles of Bute, turn north into Loch Fyne for stops at Tarbert and Ardrishaig, on Loch Gilp.

PS Vale of Clyde

60 miles.

Flying south into the Firth of Clyde, we make two stops on the Ayrshire coast, at Ayr and Troon, then back up to Millport, on the southern shores of Cumbrae, and Fairlie, near Largs, before returning to Dunoon.


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    royaloak
    January 22, 2021

    What a great idea. Way back in the day, when I was just a teenager you could buy a "Runabout" ticket for a week, which allowed you unlimited train journeys from Glasgow to the Clyde Coast and unlimited trips on any Clyde Steamer (there were probably still 20 at least at that time) Me and my pal did this two summers in a row and both of us joined the Merchant Navy! The cost of the ticket, the princely sum of ten shillings (50 pence in new money)!

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    newtestleper replied Author
    January 22, 2021
    Glad you enjoyed. It will be a niche target audience, but some of us like to at least pretend to know how it might have been!

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