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Islands (Blue) Cruise

Take in the islands of Windermere

Bowness → Bowness | See route map below

🕘 45 minutes in length / departs every 30 minutes in peak season, fewer in the winter.

  • Join us for a circular cruise from Bowness, with fantastic views of the many islands (holmes), Lakeland mountains, wooded shorelines and bays.

  • Each cruise includes a fascinating commentary on the history, attractions and points of interest around Bowness and the central part of the lake.

Standard Ticket Prices (valid from Saturday 2nd April 2022 until Sunday 30th October 2022)

  • Prices below are return fares
  • Book your tickets by selecting a date in the 'Book Your Cruise' box below.
Adults Children Families
£11.00£5.50£30.00

Additional Information

Circular cruise of Windermere

Circular cruise of Windermere

Take in the islands of Windermere while also enjoying the views of the local Lakeland fells.

Photo Gallery and Video

Book Your Cruise

Select a date to view prices and sailing times.

  • Child prices are valid for children aged 5-15 years. Children under 5 travel free.
  • Family tickets are valid for 2 adults and 3 children.

Timetable

This cruise departs from Bowness Pier and is valid on all scheduled blue cruise departure times and your ticket is not time specific.

Additional sailings operate on weekends, sunny days, school holidays and as demand requires. Prices and timetable information are subject to change without notice.

Today's sailings from Bowness

Depart BownessArrive BownessVessel type
10:1511:00Launch
10:4511:30Launch
11:1512:00Launch
11:4512:30Launch
12:1513:00Launch
12:4513:30Launch
13:1514:00Launch
13:4514:30Launch
14:1515:00Launch
14:4015:35Launch
15:0015:45Launch
15:2016:05Launch
15:4516:30Launch
16:1517:00Launch
16:4517:30Launch

Additional Information

Service Status

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Service Status

🔴 RED CRUISE Bowness → Brockhole → Ambleside Waterhead✔️ Services OK
🟡 YELLOW CRUISE
Bowness ↔ Lakeside

✔️ Services OK

🔵 ISLANDS CRUISE

Bowness ↻

✔️ Services OK
🚤 MOTOR BOAT HIRE from Bowness
Bowness Beach / Bowness Dock ↻
✔️ Services OK
🚤 MOTOR BOAT HIRE from WaterheadWaterhead (near Ambleside) ↻

✔️ Services OK

🟤 YELLOW CRUISE & STEAM TRAINHaverthwaite ↔ Lakeside ↔ Bowness✔️ Services OK
🟢 GREEN CRUISEAmbleside → Wray Castle → Brockhole → Ambleside
✔️ Services OK
🚶 WALKERS TICKETBowness → Brockhole → Wray Castle → Walk ↻
✔️ Services OK
🚣 ROW BOAT HIRE from BownessBowness Beach / Bowness Dock ↻✔️ Services OK
🚣 ROW BOAT HIRE from WaterheadWaterhead (near Ambleside) ↻✔️ Services OK

CROSS LAKES SHUTTLE

Bowness ↔ Ferry House❌ Sorry, not running
FELL FOOT FERRYLakeside ↔ Fell Foot
❌ Sorry, not running

🕑: We are now running to our Summer timetable

Route Map

Load Map

Access and Facilities

♿ Disabled Access

This service is operated by our modern launches (like Miss Cumbria/Miss Lakeland).

Sorry, but these services are not recommended for customers with limited mobility.

Try and MV Swift or 'Steamer' departure on the Red Cruise or Yellow Cruise instead.

Please visit our Accessibility section for more information.


🧑‍🦽 Carer goes free policy

If a disabled adult in your group needs a carer, then the carer travels free. For more information about this scheme and to see all the terms and conditions, please read our company policy for disabled passengers.


☕ On-Board Facilities

🍾 Bottle bar with hot/cold drinks/snacks | 🚾 Single toilets | 💺 Indoor & outdoor seats


🎫 Conditions of Carriage

Our services are provided in accordance with our Conditions of Carriage.


🚭 No Smoking Policy

For the safety and comfort of all passengers and crew, Windermere Lake Cruises Ltd operates a no smoking policy on-board its vessels, piers and shore premises. This includes electronic cigarettes.


🐶 Dogs

All well behaved dogs are welcome on board and travel for free.


🚲 Bikes

Sorry, no bikes on this service.

Upgrade This Cruise

Did you know that you can make more of your cruise by upgrading it? Why not combine your cruise with a local attraction, or enjoy a full day on Windermere with the Freedom of the Lake.

Red Cruise

Red Cruise

Our most scenic half-lake cruise with mountain views | ⚓ Bowness → (W'Mere Jetty Museum) → (Brockhole) → Ambleside → Bowness 🕘 75 mins

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Yellow Cruise

Yellow Cruise

Scenic half-lake cruise to the southern tip of Windermere & attractions | ⚓ Bowness ↔ Lakeside 🕑 90 mins

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Freedom Of The Lake ®

Freedom Of The Lake ®

Unlimited boat travel for 24 hours on all routes | ⚓ See the full lake on this ticket: Lakeside ↔ Bowness ↔ Ambleside in 🕑 3 hours

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