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Islands (Blue) Cruise

Take in the islands of Windermere

Bowness → Bowness | See route map below

🕘 45 minutes in length / departing every 30 minutes during the day

  • 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 Monday 1st November 2021 until Friday 1st April 2022)

  • Prices below are return fares
  • Book your tickets by selecting a date in the 'Book Your Cruise' box below.
Adults Children Families
£10.50£5.25£28.50

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.

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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
10:3011:15Launch
11:4512:30Launch
12:4513:30Launch

Additional Information

Service Status

green

From Sunday 28 November

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

✔️ Services OK

🔵 ISLANDS CRUISE

Bowness ↻

✔️ Services OK
🚤 SELF-DRIVE BOAT HIRE from Bowness
Bowness Beach only ↻
✔️ Services OK

🕑: We are now running to our winter timetable. 📄: Download the PDF (1.5Mb)

Route Map

Load Map

Access and Facilities

Disabled Access

This cruise is operated by one of our modern launch vessels and will have limited access for wheelchair users.Wheelchair users are strongly advised to call us to confirm which vessel is operating on which service as not all of our vessels are suitable for wheelchair users, particularly in poor weather conditions. On board toilet facilities on all vessels can only be reached by means of the stairs, however there are adapted toilets at Lakeside, Bowness and Ambleside Piers.

Our most wheelchair-friendly vessels are ‘steamers’ (marked in black on the timetable) that can be accessed by a ramp from the pier to the main cabin which is under cover and is on the same level. These operate on our most popular routes - red cruise and yellow cruise.

Concessions for Disabled Customers

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

Toilets are available on all our ‘steamers’ and launches (check for disabled access) but not our traditional launches. Many of our vessels have licensed bars and/or tea bars. So whilst enjoying the marvellous panoramic views, why not treat yourself to a tipple of your choice.

Conditions of Carriage

Our services are provided in accordance with our Conditions of Carriage which can be found on our homepage under ‘About Us’.

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

Bikes are welcome on board our larger vessels if space is available. Each bike will cost £1 per journey pier to pier payable on the day of travel.

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 → (Brockhole) → Ambleside → Bowness

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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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