canal holidays Scotland

A peaceful escape afloat

Posted by on March 29, 2017 at 8:38 am

Steve Newman recently wrote about his narrowboat holiday, departing from our Falkirk canal boat hire base on the Scottish Lowland canals, in Horse & Countryside Magazine… I’ve often used the expression ‘I wouldn’t touch it with a barge pole’, so when the day came that one was thrust into my hands and I was told […]

Top 7 Easter Canal Boat Breaks

Posted by on March 29, 2017 at 7:14 am

Canal boat holidays are fantastic for families, offering the chance to set off on an adventure together – learning how to work the locks and speak the boating lingo, as well as spotting wildlife, exploring traffic-free towpaths and visiting waterside attractions along the way.   Here are our top six destinations for Easter 2017: Visit […]

Hire a canal boat for Mother’s Day

Posted by on February 13, 2017 at 4:37 pm

Day boat hire on the canals offers the chance to spoil hard-working Mums with a relaxing day afloat, nourished by a picnic afloat or a pub lunch along the way. Drifters offers day boat hire at 16 of its bases, from less than £10 per person.  Full tuition is included so if you are new […]

Top 8 Waterside Destinations for 2017

Posted by on December 22, 2016 at 11:42 am

Britain’s 2,000 mile network of navigable inland waterways transports canal boat holiday-makers through rural idylls with wooded glades, sweeping farmland and sleepy villages to exciting towns and cities with world-class waterside attractions. Here’s a list of our Top 8 waterside destinations for 2017: 1. Warwick Castle – said to be Britain’s greatest medieval experience, the […]

A Bonnie Boating Adventure

Posted by on November 15, 2016 at 10:46 am

Natalie Croft reviewed her first hire boat holiday in Waterways World (July 2016).  She took her trip with Drifters, visiting giant horses, a landmark boat-lift and Scotland’s only canal museum… Peering over the barriers of the M9 in a taxi from Edinburgh Airport, the Kelpies were our first view of Scotland’s waterways – and I […]

Drifters’ A to Z of canal boat holidays

Posted by on November 4, 2016 at 2:15 pm

A is for Anderton Boat Lift – also known as the ‘Cathedral of the Canals’, this fascinating example of Victorian engineering provides a 15-metre vertical link between the Trent & Mersey Canal and River Weaver Navigation. B is for Bingley Five-Rise Locks – completed in 1774, this spectacular staircase of locks on the Leeds & […]

Top 8 Narrowboat Holidays for Novices

Posted by on October 27, 2016 at 2:59 pm

Each year, around one fifth of canal boat hirers are newcomers. A licence isn’t required to steer a narrowboat and all our operators provide boat steering tuition as part of their holiday packages. Here’s a list of our top eight canal boat holidays for beginners: 1. Discover the Breacon Beacons afloat – the beautiful Mon […]

Top 7 Autumn Breaks Afloat

Posted by on August 26, 2016 at 2:13 pm

A canal boat holiday is a great way to enjoy the splendid colours of autumn in the hedgerows and trees that line our waterways, where the colours are dramatically mirrored in the water. There’s plenty of wildlife to spot along the way during the autumn months, including the arrival of flocks of fieldfare and redwing […]

Hire a canal boat for Father’s Day

Posted by on May 24, 2016 at 9:11 am

‘Ratty’ from ‘Wind in the Willows’, famously pronounced ‘there is nothing half as much worth doing as simply messing about in boats’. Day boat hire on the canals offers the chance to treat Dads with a fun day out on the water, nourished by a pint and a pub lunch along the way. We offer […]

Top 5 Luxury Canal Boats for Hire

Posted by on May 18, 2016 at 9:32 am

There are now over 30,000 canal boats on our inland waterways, more than at the time of the Industrial Revolution, and unprecedented numbers of people are visiting and holidaying on our canals. The popularity of boating has been fuelled by the waterway renaissance which has swept across the UK, and by the standard of accommodation now […]