Boating Holidays

Take a boating holiday afloat on the waterways and discover a slower, more relaxed pace of life on the historic canals and rivers of Britain and Ireland. Once the very arteries of the Industrial Revolution, they now offer a very different and unique holiday experience.

As the captain of your own luxury narrowboat or cruiser, it is you who sets the itinerary, waking up to a picturesque new view each morning.

Boat along the Caledonian Canal in Scotland, cruise the River Shannon in Ireland, or take a narrowboat holiday through the canals and rivers of England and Wales, perhaps stopping for lunch at a canal-side inn. Alternatively, simply lie back and relax on your very own houseboat in the beautiful Suffolk or Norfolk Broads.

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Narrowboat at Weedon

Narrowboat at Weedon, Weedon Bec, Northamptonshire, NN7 4RZ.

This country pub and award-winning restaurant offers en suite canalside accommodation in five bright, modern rooms. A short drive from the Silverstone race track and historic Althorp House, it overlooks the peaceful Grand Union Canal.

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Brook Line Narrowboats

Brook Line Narrowboats, Dunhampstead, nr. Droitwich, Worcestershire.

Starting from this lovely country base just north of Worcester, there are a wide selection of cruising options, including the newly re-opened Droitwich Canal. Now fully open, travel the 12km of waterway that re-links the Junction and Barge Canals. A good range of well-equipped boats are available with expert tuition.

Whitchurch Marina

Whitchurch Marina, Whitchurch, Shropshire.

Meander along the Llangollen and Shropshire Union Canals through the lovely countryside of Wales and north-west England. Those with a head for heights may choose to travel the famous Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, whilst others may prefer to explore alternative routes. Whitchurch offers a choice of different styles of narrowboats from four to eight berths.

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Bridge Boatyard

Bridge Boatyard, Ely, Cambridgeshire.

After visiting the magnificent cathedral city of Ely, explore the picturesque Fenland waterways. The waterways of Cambridgeshire offer 150 miles of unspoilt rivers that wind through meadows and fens, passing some of England’s prettiest towns. The well-fitted narrowboats and cruisers sleep two to six people.

Axbridge at Sydney Wharf

Axbridge at Sydney Wharf, Bath, Somerset.

Cruise the Kennet and Avon Canal, starting from your base within Bath’s Sydney Gardens, just a short walk from the city’s centre. What better way to explore the beautiful Cotswolds than from the waterways!

Autherley Junction

Autherley Junction, Staffordshire.

From their base at the southern end of the Shropshire Union Canal, Napton Narrowboats feature a modern fleet of extremely comfortable and beautifully designed narrowboats. With quality fittings and furnishings throughout, they offer a wide selection of quiet and well equipped craft.

Hippersons Houseboats

Hippersons Houseboats, Beccles, Suffolk.

Enjoy a holiday with a difference on your own houseboat, moored near the picturesque town of Beccles on the River Waveney, in the heart of the Suffolk Broads. Sleeping up to six, they are ideal for families or groups. Each houseboat comes complete with a dinghy to explore the surrounding waterways.

Summercraft

Summercraft, Wroxham, Norfolk.

Just five minutes from Wroxham (Hoveton) Railway Station, Wroxham is a superb starting point for a Broadland holiday. Explore the glorious Norfolk Broads at your own pace in one of these comfortable cruisers. Sleeping from two to eight people, there is a selection of floorplan layouts to suit all needs.

Wrenbury Mill Marina

Wrenbury Mill Marina, Wrenbury, Cheshire.

Your base is a delightful wharf on the outskirts of a quiet Cheshire village on the Llangollen Canal. Cruise across the world-famous Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, one of the wonders of Britain’s inland waterways. All the narrowboats are carefully designed with quality fittings, with a choice from two to ten berths.

Aldermaston Wharf

Aldermaston Wharf, Padworth, Berkshire.

Explore the tranquil Kennet and Avon Canal, fondly known as the K&A, and the picturesque River Thames from the Aldermaston Wharf. All the narrowboats are well designed and finished, with a choice from four to twelve berths.

Le Boat Laggan

Le Boat Laggan, Laggan, Loch Lochy, Scotland.

This fleet of stylish and elegant cruisers are ideally suited to explore Scotland’s spectacularly beautiful lochs, with their deep, crystal-clear waters. First opened in 1822, the Caledonian Canal was built to provide a shortcut between the North Sea and Atlantic. The 24 mile long Loch Ness, is home to the world famous Nessie.

Heritage Narrow Boats

Heritage Narrow Boats, South of Congleton, Cheshire.

An ideal base from which to explore the beautiful canals of northwest England. The Cheshire Ring, the Four Counties Rin,g the magnificent Macclesfield, the historic Caldon and the serene Shropshire Union Canals offer some of the finest cruising available.

Caley Cruisers

Caley Cruisers, Inverness, Inverness-shire, Scotland

Specifically designed for the open water cruising of Loch Ness and the Great Glen, these fully equipped boats feature spacious interiors with large windows to grant excellent views of the breath-taking Highland scenery. Just a short drive from Inverness, cruise the length of Loch Ness in search of its legendary monster.

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