Welcome to Drifters
Drifters brings you Great British Boating
Drifters is made up of nine professional canal boat holiday operators, handpicked because they uphold the highest standards.
With over 550 narrowboats for hire from 45 bases across England, Scotland and Wales, Drifters offers the choice of hundreds of narrowboat holiday routes and destinations.
Our operators invest more in new canal boats each year than all the other UK operators put together, ensuring we offer high quality holidays afloat. We are all independently assessed and accredited by the trade federation for the boating industry British Marine, so you can embark on your canal adventure with confidence.
We work with the Canal & River Trust for the good of Britain’s canal network – and to promote the enjoyment of canal boat holidays.
To find out more about Drifters Standards offering excellence afloat, please Click here
Early Bird Discounts on 2024 holidays
Many of the Drifters canal boat holiday operators are offering discounts on 2024 holidays if booked early.
Book-by dates and discounts vary, but the discounted rate is is shown when you search availability here on the Drifters website.
You can search for all offers and availability at the top of each page of our website.
Drifters price promise
means our prices are always competitive.
If you see the same holiday elsewhere at a lower price,
we will match it.
New to the
If you’ve never been on a narrowboat and canal boating holiday before, it’s easy to learn how to drive a boat and all our operators include tuition in their holiday packages.
You don’t need a licence and it’s easy to learn how to drive a boat.
We’ve got lots of advice for beginners, including the best routes, what to pack and how to prepare for a holiday afloat.