Booking Your Holiday...


Modern canal boats are comfortable

You need to first check the availability of our boats and then choose the one you wish to book.

You can then click on the book your boating holiday here. button, and we will deal with your request and contact you,

We will take the booking details and payment (have your credit card handy) over the phone so there are no security issues using your credit card etc. over the Internet. You will be contacted shortly afterwards by the Drifters member company you are booking with, so that they can confirm all the minor details and issue your paperwork etc.

or you could just call us to discuss what would suit you best on 0344 984 0322. (Overseas +44 1252 796404) Our friendly Helpline is open seven days a week. Finally you can always just email us

Office Hours:
Mon - Fri:      0900 hrs to 1700 hrs.
Sat & Sun:    1000  hrs to 1700 hrs.

Using the Drifters Availability Search

Choose a location:

This allows you to narrow down the results to the principle area that you wish to visit.

All available:
Choose this option if you want to see the full range of our current availability.

UK Canals and Waterways:

In England and Wales, we have narrowboats and barges on the canals, rivers and most of the inland navigations.

In Scotland, we have Narrowboats on the Forth & Clyde canal and the Union Canal

Size of boat:

This refers to the number of beds and hence the size of your party, so it is straight forward enough. However, there are times when there is a shortage of boats available, so although you may only require say, a two berth boat, it might be best to select 'All available' as this will bring up everything that we have and you may then find that there is a larger boat available at a suitable price.

Period Start:

Select the period in which you want your holiday to start. You should bear in mind that if the search comes back with lots of pages of results, they will be listed in date order so you can skip to your ideal dates quickly.

Week, Midweek or Weekend short break:

Very straightforward choice here. As always though, you can select 'All available' to widen the options.

Once the results of your search have been displayed (in date order), you can click on any of the column titles to re-sort the results by price, location or type.

check to see what boats are available for hire.

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Check availability and find your perfect holiday.

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