At the turn of the twentieth century new laws introduced paid holidays for
the masses and the seaside towns of Scotland saw a huge influx of visitors.
From Glasgow, Paisley and the industrial heartland of Scotland, poured
holidaymakers on the Fair Holiday trip ‘doon the watter’. Some Scottish
resorts such as Largs, Fairlie, Troon, Ardrossan, Saltcoats, Millport,
Gourock and Wemyss Bay saw their populations, double or treble for much
of the summer.
Alistair Deayton, one of the acknowledged experts on the Clyde pleasure
steamers, and author of many books on the subject, takes a look at the
Scottish seaside resorts on the Ayrshire and Renfrewshire coast and the
steamers that brought the holidaymakers in their thousands every summer.