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BoatDistrict is a boat trip directory. You can use this website to locate a boat - ie for a sightseeing public boat trip, charter/hire, holiday, ferry service, sailing venture, fishing/angling outing, diving trip, spot of wildlife watching, restaurant/bar, course/lesson, museum day out, party venue, and more.

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Boat activities covered by BoatDistrict

Public Boat Trips

This covers sightseeing cruises and other such scheduled public boat trips. Take a scenic pleasure boat trip on a river, lake, or coastline, or spend a beautiful spring or summers day cruising along a canal in a narrowboat. Boat trips can be a great way to sightsee a part of the coast, countryside, city, town, or village. Explore parts of the country that you can only see on a boat trip. Sightseeing boat trips can give that holiday feel, a million miles away from the daily grind. Whatever the season. Not all boat activities stop with the end of summer. Some continue into the winter months, giving you that touch of a spring/summer's day during the otherwise dull winter months!

Wildlife Watching

Always wanted to see whales, dolphins, seals, sharks, and other such wildlife in their natural habitat? Or how about some birdwatching? Thought you would have to travel abroad for such pursuits? Wrong. These boat trips are available right here in the UK. There is plenty of wildlife to be spotted off our shores. For further information on wildlife you can spot around the UK, see the wildlife listed under 'Wildlife Watching'.


Find yourself an angling/fishing boat trip using the Boat District directory. Whether you want to charter your own angling boat trip, or join in with a pre-organised fishing trip.

Charter Or Hire

You can charter/hire a boat as a venue for an occasion, such as a birthday, wedding, engagement, retirement, hen or stag party, school trip, corporate trip, and other general group activities.
Charter or hire also covers fishing charters, sailing charters, hire of craft such as rowing boats, motor boats, canoes, narrowboats, and so on.


Lessons covers tuition for yachts, narrowboats, motorboats, canoes, kayaks, and other vessels.


Holidays on narrowboats, house boats, hotel boats, cruisers, and so forth. There are plenty of canals, rivers, lakes, lochs and coastlines to explore at leisure in the UK.


Boat trips offering diving excursions.


Travelling somewhere and want to know if there is a boat trip offering a ferry service?


Narrowboat vessels are often used for public sightseeing boat trips, day hire, boating holidays, and so forth.


Sailing boats are often available for holidays, training, day hire and private charter, and so on.


A restaurant aboard a boat can add that little bit extra, that something special that seems above and beyond what you'd normally experience when going to a restaurant for a meal. A boat restaurant, or a boat trip with a dining experience, is a great idea for a planned occasion, or for giving a loved one a surprise!


Maritime museums, general museums with maritime displays, and historical ships open to the public.


Commercial work includes survey work, filming and photography, etc.

Locations covered by BoatDistrict

Anglesey - Island off the northwest coast of Wales, separated from the mainland by the Menai Strait. Includes Holy Island and other small islands nearby. Boat trip locations include Holyhead and Beaumaris.
Angus - City of Dundee, situated near the east coast and the North Sea. The River Tay.
Argyllshire - On the western coast of Scotland. Boat trip locations include Campbeltown.
Ayrshire - Situated on the Firth of Clyde, south west Scotland coastline. Boat trip locations include Irvine and Troon.
Bedfordshire - The River Great Ouse, which links Bedfordshire to the Fenland waterways. Boat trip locations include Leighton Buzzard.
Berkshire - The River Thames, and tributaries the River Kennet (also known as the Kennet Navigation), River Loddon and the River Blackwater. Also encompassing the River Lambourn and the River Pang. Boat trip locations include Reading, Maidenhead, Windsor and Newbury.
Bristol - The Floating Harbour. The port at Avonmouth. The Severn Estuary into the Bristol Channel. The River Severn, River Avon, River Frome, and Feeder Canal.
Buckinghamshire - The Grand Union Canal. Boat trip locations include Milton Keynes.
Caithness - The North Sea and the Pentland Firth. Large colonies of seabirds. Boat trip locations include Wick.
Cambridgeshire - The River Great Ouse and its tributary the River Cam. Boat trip locations include Cambridge and Ely.
Cardiff - Borders the Bristol Channel and Severn Estuary. Penarth Marina in Cardiff Bay. The River Taff , River Ely, and River Rhymney.
Carmarthenshire - The Bristol channel. Also encompasses Carmarthen and Burry Port, and the Tywi and Loughor rivers.
Ceredigion - Cardigan Bay is on the west county border. The River Teifi. Boat trip locations include New Quay.
Cheshire - Rochdale Canal, Ashton Canal, Peak Forest Canal, Macclesfield Canal, Trent and Mersey Canal, Bridgewater Canal, Wardle Canal, Shropshire Union Canal. Boat trip locations include Chester, Middlewich, Macclesfield and Northwich.
Cornwall - The scenic Cornish coastline. Boat trip locations include Newquay, Mevagissey, Penzance, Looe, Falmouth, Bude, St Ives, Padstow, Fowey, and St Austell.
County Antrim - Locations include Ballycastle, Belfast and Portrush.
County Armagh - Locations include Craigavon.
County Down - Locations include Castlewellan, Holywood, Newtownards and Portaferry.
County Fermanagh - Locations include Enniskillen.
County Londonderry - Locations include Derry.
County Tyrone
Cromartyshire - Loch Broom. Boat trip locations include Cromarty and Ullapool harbour.
Cumbria - The Lake District, also known as The Lakes. Some of the places include Buttermere, Coniston Water, Derwent Water, Grasmere, Haweswater Reservoir, Keswick, Ullswater, Wast Water, Windermere.
Denbighshire - Conwy and the River Conwy, Colwyn Bay. Boat trip locations include Llangollen.
Derbyshire - River Derwent, Carsington Water.
Devon - The English Channel and the Bristol Channel. The River Dart. Scenic devon coastline. Boat trip locations include Exmouth, Sidmouth, Ilfracombe, Lundy, Woolacombe, Croyde, Torquay, Paignton, Dartmouth, Salcombe, Dawlish, Brixham, Plymouth.
Dorset - The Jurassic Coast. Featuring landforms like Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove, Chesil Beach. Boat trip locations include Lyme Regis, Weymouth, Swanage, Studland, Poole, Bournemouth, Christchurch, Bridport.
Dumfries And Galloway - Lies to the east of the irish sea. Loch Ken.
Dunbartonshire - The River Clyde. Boat trip locations include Kirkintilloch.
Durham - The River Wear and the River Browney. Boat trip locations include Durham and Hartlepool.
Essex - The North Sea coastline, the River Thames, the River Lee, and the River Stour. Boat trip locations include Chelmsford, Brightlingsea, Burnham and West Mersea.
Fife - The North Sea, the Firth of Tay and the Firth of Forth.
Flintshire - The Irish Sea, the River Clwyd and River Dee estuary.
Glamorgan - The Bristol Channel, Carmarthen Bay, the Gower Peninsula, various rivers including the Taff and Ely. Boat trip locations include Cardiff, Swansea, Barry, Penarth Marina.
Gloucestershire - The River Severn. Boat trip locations include Gloucester, Tewkesbury, Cheltenham.
Grampian - Moray Firth, River Dee, Ythan estuary.
Guernsey - Locations include St Peter Port.
Gwynedd - The Irish Sea, the Llyn Peninsula. Boat trip locations include Barmouth, Conwy, and Pwllheli.
Hampshire - English Channel, the Solent, Poole Harbour, numerous islands (Brownsea, Long, Round, Green, Furzey), River Frome. Boat trip locations include Southampton, Portsmouth, Gosport, Lymington, Chichester, Hamble, Basingstoke, Hayling Island, Haslar Marina, and Langstone Harbour.
Hebrides - Locations include St Kilda, Stornoway and Tiree.
Herefordshire - River Wye and the River Lugg.
Hertfordshire - The Grand Union Canal. Boat trip locations include Broxbourne.
Inverness-shire - Loch Ness, the River Ness and the Moray Firth. Boat trip locations include Inverness and Fort William.
Isle of Skye
Isle of Wight - English Channel, the Solent, the harbour at Cowes.
Jersey - Locations include Gorey, Grouville, St Aubin's, St Brelades, St Helier and St Ouen's Bay.
Kent - The North Sea, the River Thames estuary, the Straits of Dover and the English Channel. Boat trip locations include Dover and Maidstone.
Lancashire - The Irish Sea. The River Mersey, Lune, Wyre and Ribble. Lancaster Canal, Ashton Canal and Manchester Ship Canal, Bridgewater Canal, Leeds and Liverpool Canal, Rochdale Canal. Boat trip locations include Preston, Chorley, Lancaster and Wirral.
Leicestershire - The River Soar. The Foxton Locks on the Leicester line of the Grand Union Canal. Boat trip locations include Leicester.
Lincolnshire - The North Sea coast, the River Ancholme, the Humber estuary, and the Wash. Boat trip locations include Lincoln.
London - The River Thames, the Grand Union Canal.
Lothian - The Firth of Forth.
Monmouthshire - Boat trip locations include the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal, and Abergavenney.
Norfolk - North Sea Coast. Norfolk Broads. Rivers include the River Ant, River Bure, River Chet, River Thurne, River Waveney, River Wensum, and River Yare.
Northamptonshire - Oxford Canal and Grand Union Canal. The River Nene. Boat trip locations include Northampton and Daventry.
Northumberland - North Sea coastline. Boat trip locations include Seahouses.
Nottinghamshire - The River Trent, the River Soar, the River Idle, and the River Erewash. Boat trip locations include Nottingham.
Orkney - Locations in Orkney include Scapa Flow and Stromness.
Oxfordshire - The River Thames and the Oxford Canal.
Pembrokeshire - Scenic coastline, seabird breeding sites, the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Boat trip locations include Milford Haven, Tenby, St Davids and Cardigan Bay.
Perthshire - The River Earn, River Ericht, River Farg, River Isla, River Tay, and River Tummel.
Powys - The Elan Valley Reservoirs.
Ross-shire - County in Scotland.
Shetland - The Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea. Islands include Mainland, Fair Isle, Foula, Mousa, Muckle Roe, Noss, Samphrey, Trondra, Vementry, Whalsay, and Yell. Home to large colonies of birds.
Shropshire - The River Severn, the Shropshire Union Canal.
Somerset - The Bristol Channel coast and the River Severn estuary. Boat trip locations include Bath, Minehead and Watchet.
Staffordshire - The River Trent, the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal, Caldon Canal, Coventry Canal, Shropshire Union Canal and Trent and Mersey Canal.
Stirlingshire - The River Forth. Boat trip locations include Stirling and Killin.
Suffolk - The North Sea coast. Boat trip locations include Ipswich, Felixstowe and Lowestoft.
Surrey - The River Thames, the River Wey. Boat trip locations include Guildford and Kingston upon Thames.
Sussex - The English Channel. Boat trip locations include Chichester, Eastbourne, Littlehampton, Brighton and Newhaven.
Sutherland - North Sea and Atlantic coastline.
Warwickshire - The River Avon. The Grand Union Canal, the Oxford Canal, the Coventry Canal, the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal, the Ashby-de-la-Zouch Canal. Boat trip locations also include Warwick, Stratford-upon-Avon, Rugby and Nuneaton.
West Midlands - Places in the West Midlands include Birmingham, Coventry and Dudley.
Wiltshire - The Kennet and Avon Canal. Boat trip locations include Lechlade-On-Thames and Devizes.
Worcestershire - The River Avon and the River Severn. Boat trip locations include Worcester, Kidderminster, Evesham and Upton upon Severn.
Yorkshire - The Leeds and Liverpool Canal. North Sea coastline. Boat trip locations include York, Skipton, Sheffield, Bridlington, Whitby, Scarborough.
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