ABC Boat Hire

The canals and rivers of England, Scotland and Wales stretch for over 2000 miles through some of the finest countryside imaginable. At ABC Boat Hire we have 16 start locations throughout the waterway network, from Falkirk in Scotland to Hilperton in Wiltshire, offering the widest choice of self-drive boat hire and narrowboat holidays..

Canal Boat Holidays

16 Start Locations

We have 16 bases around the UK where you can start your canal boat holidays from, giving you a huge a mount of choice with the canals you can cruise on.

Over 200 Boats

We have a huge range of fleet boats of varying sizes from a 45 feet four berth right up to a 70 feet 12 berth narrow boat. We also have wide beam boats for those of you who want that little bit extra!

Fully Trained Staff

All of our full time staff members are fully trained Helmsmen so they know what they’re talking about and can give you the best advice and information.

Get In Touch Today

Call us on 0330 333 0590 (UK local rate) or visit the website –

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Over 50 routes to choose from

With a huge amount of options for routes, we can truly offer you the most choice for your canal boat holidays

More about routes

Fancy a boat for the day?

We have day boats available from 8 locations around the UK from the Kennet & Avon in the south of England to the Forth & Clyde up in Scotland.

More information about day boat hire

From £99

Canal Boat Holidays

Request a 2017 canal boat holidays brochure

You can request a copy of the 2017 ABC Boat Hire canal boat holidays brochure by submitting your details on our brochure request page. Once you have done this, we will get one of our brochures in the post for you!

Once you submit your details we will only use them to send a brochure. We do not send junk mail and we do not pass your details on to any third parties.