Lake Windermere Boat Hire

Have you tried a boat or Yacht hire on Lake Windermere?

During your stay with us at Holmlea, why not get out on the water and explore Lake Windermere at your own pace by hiring a rowing boat, self-drive powered boat or self-drive electric-powered motorboat. If you fancy something more luxurious then you can try sailing a yacht.

Rowing Boat and Self Drive Powered Boat Hire

Windermere Lake Cruises offer rowing boat hire and powered boat hire. No boating experience is necessary. They provide full safety instructions, a guide to the lake and life jackets for everyone on board. Choose a boat to suit your day from a romantic traditional rowboat or a historic powered wooden boat. In addition, they hire modern powered cabin boats that have a handy sliding cover to shelter you from the elements and are extremely easy to drive. Boats can be hired from 1 hour up to half a day (4 hours). For your reassurance, a safety boat is on hand in case of problems. Click or tap here for more details.

Electric Self Drive Boat Hire

Bowness Bay Marina offers their self-drive standard Mystic boats powered by a quiet electric motor for hire of 1 hour or more. They are able to carry up to 8 persons in each boat. Full information on safety and handling will be given before setting off. Buoyancy aids will also be provided. Click or tap here for more details.

Sailing Yacht Charter

No yachting experience is necessary. You can book a half-day or full-day have a go session with OB Sailing. A half-day or full-day sessions are available for up to four people. You can relax and let your skipper sail the yacht and take in the fabulous views of the lake and the Lake District National Park or have a taster and take control yourself. All safety equipment is provided. Click or tap here for more details.

Check out our video below of what its like to see Windermere Lake from the water.

Its a truly wonderful experience getting out onto the water of Windermere Lake and a great way to make memories to take home with you.

Please note boats are not available to hire during the winter season (November to March).

All boats are generally available to hire in person on the day. Booking in advance is recommended to avoid disappointment during weekends, Bank Holidays and School Holidays.

Sue and Ken – “Best B & B ever. Had a lovely time”


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