Boat holidays in the UK


Find boat holidays on the Norfolk Broads, Canals and Scottish Lochs

Welcome to Boat Holidays UK where you can search and buy UK boat holidays online. Whether you are looking for a narrow boat, barge or cruiser experience you will be able to find something to meet your needs. And you can find the boat of your choice on all of the major UK waterways including the Norfolk Broads, the UK river and canal network as well as the Scottish lochs.

Boating holidays on the Norfolk broads

With miles of connecting waterways and not a single lock, a boating holiday on the Norfolk Broads is a great place for a relaxing holiday. You can admire the beuatiful scenery while cruising through reed marshes, meadows and woodland and moor close to riverside restaurants and pubs. All the waterways are interconnected and accessible one from the other, there are five main departure points for your Norfolk Broads holiday – Brundall to the west, Beccles and Oulton Broad in the south, Acle in the centre with Hickling and Stalham to its north, and Wroxham and Horning beyond.

UK canal boat holidays

There is no better way to discover the best of what the UK has to offer than by taking a canal boat holiday. The UK has many canal boating routes to choose from, each with its own special delights and all offering a wonderful boating holiday including:

  • The Cheshire Ring with its thrilling scenery and numerous historic sites that many regard as the finest of the canal 'rings'.
  • The Kennet and Avon Canal enables you to travel from the River Avon near Bristol to the River Thames, via the elegant city of Bath.
  • The Oxford and South Midlands Canals are a network of waterways stretching from Coventry to Oxford, that also encompasses the Thames Ring.
  • On the Heart of England Canals you can travel through six glorious English shires, from Tewksbury to Stafford, taking in a host of historic sites and attractions on the way.
  • The Yorkshire Waterways offer extraordinary views as they thread their way through stunning landscapes.
  • A holiday on the Llangollen Canal provides beautiful countryside as well as two spectacular aqueducts.
  • The River Wey, which is owned and cared for by the National Trust, is a peaceful waterway that runs through the heart of Surrey. And a boating holiday on a River Thames cruiser or canal boat has everything you could wish for – historic, scenic splendour with a wonderful social atmosphere.
  • There are over 150 miles of the Cambridgeshire Waterways to cruise along through the Fens.
  • Alternatively, cross Scotland from Glasgow in the west to Edinburgh in the east on the Forth & Clyde and Union Canals.

Holidays on the Scottish Lochs

There is no better way to explore Scotland's rugged beauty than on a boating holiday on the Caledonian Canal and Scotland's freshwater lochs. From the foothills of Ben Nevis up to Inverness and the North Sea, your Caledonian Canal cruise can take in Loch Lochy, Loch Oich and legendary Loch Ness.

Boat holidays in France

If you fancy a holiday in a warmer climate, then why not try a boat holiday in France. We have some superb holidays available across some of the major rivers, canals and waterways of France.

You can find cruiser and narrow boat holidays across France including Alsace Lorraine, Anjou, Aquitane, Ardennes, Brittany, Burgundy, Charente, Lot, Picardy and the South of France.

New to boating holidays?

If you have never been on a boating holiday before and don't know what to expect on this exciting holiday check out our brief overview and other articles:




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