Hire Directly from the people who care - the family run hire firms! Our Boats brings together 25 family run English, Scottish & Welsh canal hire firms. Quality service from family firms - these really are Our Boats.

Central & Southern

Nene Valley Boats Small family run business near Oundle, Northants offering 2-6 berth traditional narrowboats for hire on the River Nene. Explore the river from Northampton to Peterborough, the Fens & the River Great Ouse.

Kate Boats, a family run business, with quality narrowboats from two bases on the Grand Union Canal, ideally situated on the Warwickshire ring. Beginners welcome, full instruction given.

College Cruisers are a long established hire fleet based right in the centre of the historic City of Oxford. Routes include the peaceful Oxford Canal and the beautiful River Thames.

Rose Narrowboats are a family firm with a fleet of 23 luxury narrowboats for weekly or shortbreak rental in the heart of the Midlands canal system. On-line brochure here now.

Oxfordshire Narrowboats. Enjoy the peace and tranquility of the beautiful, rural and friendly South Oxford Canal with its Cotswold stone villages and pubs. London is less than an hour's drive.

Fox Narrowboats run 4 and 5 star boats in the Cambridgeshire fens. Visit Ely, Cambridge or Peterborough. The Fox family have operated a hire fleet for over 35 years.

Foxhangers Canal Holidays on Kennet & Avon Canal below famous Caen Hill Locks, fleet of 15 new tourist board inspected narrowboats. Comfortable cruising to Roman Bath & Bristol, fully independent family run firm

The Wyvern Shipping Co. have 2 to 8 berth luxury narrow boats on the Grand Union Canal. Weekend and short breaks a speciality. Transport arranged from all London airports.

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North & Scotland

Snaygill Boats are based in Skipton on the peaceful and beautiful Leeds & Liverpool canal, crossing the Pennine Hills and Yorkshire Dales. Full details in their online brochure.

Claymoore Canal Holidays has routes to suit everyone. Experience the Cheshire and Four Counties Rings. Cruise to Llangollen or historic Chester. VisitBritain graded boats, friendly staff. Expert tuition for beginners.

"Boatique" holidays by bearBOATING on the Leeds Liverpool Canal. Cruise the spectacular Yorkshire Dales in one of our luxurious 57' long narrowboats.

On a Canal Boat Cruises holiday on the Leeds & Liverpool canal there's no rush! Luxury 6 & 8 berth boats based at Riley Green in the idyllic Lancashire country side.

Capercaillie Cruisers based at Falkirk on the Forth and Clyde Canal offer an outstanding holiday with the personal touch on Scotland's 'newest' canal! See historic Edinburgh and the stunning new 'Falkirk Wheel'.

Yorkshire Narrowboats on a lovely spot at Sprotbrough Lock on the Sheffield & South Yorkshire Navigation. Our luxury narrowboats are beautifully crafted, giving our guests the best hiring experience.

Shire Cruisers give you the chance to explore the spectacular scenery of Pennine Yorkshire's uncrowded waterways. Their boats are quality graded by VisitBritain. Helpful staff give a specially thorough handover.

Marine Cruises offer well equipped 4 star 2 to 10 berth boats at 3 ideally located bases on the Scottish Lowland canals, on the Trent & Mersey Canal and the Llangollen Canal.

Family run Silsden Boats, situated in traditional Yorkshire village on picturesque Leeds Liverpool canal. 22 boats, 2 to 9 berth, 5 widebeam, all under 5yrs old. All Inclusive, No Extras.

You deal directly with us, no big holiday chains and booking agents here, just independent family firms! We personally make sure Our Boats canal holidays offer great value enjoyable breaks for families, friends & pets!

Wales & West

Starline Narrowboats are a small, friendly, family-run company based at Stourport on Severn, allowing you to cruise the majestic River Severn, Shakespeare's River Avon or the stunningly beautiful Staffs & Worcester Canal.

Woolfall Narrowboats, family run, luxury six berth narrowboats with 240 volt for hire. Based on the Shropshire Union Canal ideal for cruising the Llangollen canal, Four Counties and Cheshire ring.

Chas Hardern Boats, family run for over 30yrs offering a fleet of excellent value, well equipped 2 to 6 berth boats for all year cruising. Ideal for Shropshire Union, Llangollen & adjoining canals.

With a personal, friendly and helpful approach Saltway Narrowboat Hire are based at the fabulous Droitwich Spa Marina (accessing the Midlands Canal Network) and welcome you to explore their website.

Cambrian Cruisers, highest graded quality assured narrowboats on lovely Monmouthshire & Brecon canal in stunning Brecon Beacons National Park. Weekly hire/ short breaks for up to 6 people. Novices welcome.

Beacon Park Boats Unrivalled luxury, ultimate relaxation. Unwind on the Mon & Brecon Canal however you choose, for as long as you like, aboard our 5* canalboats, in the splendour of the Brecon Beacons.

Norbury Wharf. Independently managed, privately owned luxury narrowboats on the beautiful Shropshire Union Canal. Enjoy the country pubs, the freedom and heritage of the canals. Short long term hire available.

Canal Cruising Company are the oldest family hire company established 1948. Located in Stone on the Trent and Mersey offering wide choice of routes, 2 to 8 berth all VisitBritain graded.