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Islands Cruise (with allocated seating)

Take in the islands (or holmes) around the central half of Windermere

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Book today for up until Sunday 16 August (inclusive).
If the trial of this new socially-distanced cruises is successful, later dates will be added.

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.
  • This is a special cruise during COVID-19 ✔️ online booking only ✔️ Social distancing ✔️ ticketed seating ✔️ enhanced cleaning | Find out more

🚢 On a modern launch such as Miss Cumbria or Westmorland.

A modern launch on the Islands Cruise near Bowness

Ticketed Seating

To keep everyone safe on board and to maintain a good distance between all customers this cruise will have ticketed seating.

  • Choose between indoor or outdoor seating when booking. Your colour-coded seat will be allocated to you and clearly marked on your e-ticket.
  • Coloured seating zones and our friendly staff will guide you to your seats when boarding.
  • Children under 5 who can sit on parents knees can travel free.

Standard Ticket Prices (valid from Saturday 4th April 2020 until Sunday 1st November 2020)

AdultsChildren
£9.50£4.75

Additional Information

A modern launch on the Islands Cruise

A modern launch on the Islands Cruise

Enjoy the many islands, Lake District views and places of interest along the lakeshore.

Photos from the Islands Cruise

Timetable

This ticket can only be used to start from Bowness and is only valid on the timetabled sailing and coloured seat that you have booked.

Times normally operated by our 'steamers' Swan, Teal or Tern, may sometimes be substituted for a smaller vessel for operational reasons. Prices and timetable information are subject to change without notice.

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£9.50

£4.75

  • Child prices are valid for children aged 15 and under.
  • Children under 5 who can sit on parents knees will not need a seat ticket.

Todays sailings from Bowness

Depart BownessArrive BownessVessel type
10:0010:45Launch
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16:1517:00Launch
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18:4519:30Launch
20:0020:45Launch

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Service Status

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✔️ Scenic cruises

Red Cruise
(Bowness ↔ Ambleside), Yellow Cruise (Bowness ↔ Lakeside) & Islands Cruise (Bowness ↺)

⚠️ We're doing things differently to keep everyone safe. More information >


✔️ Self-drive boat hire (Socially-distanced, of course)

Book your boat now for 1 or 2 hours from Bowness (Beach/Dock) or Ambleside (Waterhead).

Boats can be hired from Bowness & Ambleside for dates up to 31 August as part of a trial. Online bookings only and if popular, more dates and more piers will be added.
⚠️ We're doing things differently to keep everyone safe. More information >


✔️ On-shore cafes

Boatman's Cafe in Bowness and The Pier Cafe Bar (Waterhead) are now open.
Special arrangements will be in place so that customers and staff can safely keep social-distance.

Route Map

Load Map

Access & Facilities

COVID-19 Special arrangements

All passengers are requested to maintain social distancing at all times and keep alert to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus. Thanks for your understanding and your help in helping us keep everyone on board safe.

Ticketed Seating

You must sit on the seat you have been allocated within the booking process. This strict layout of coloured seating allows us to maintain the safe social distance between all passengers. This cruise will either be on a modern launch.

Disabled Access

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. Our steamers do not run on this cruise - wheelchair users are advised to pick a Red Cruise or Yellow Cruise instead.

Please call us to discuss your access requirements.

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 with enhanced regular cleaning. Socially-distanced cafes will be operating on steamers. Sorry, no cafe facilities onboard the launches during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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

Sorry, there is no room for bikes on these special cruises during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Upgrade This Cruise

Why not treat you and your family to a private cruise? Depart from either Bowness or Ambleside (Waterhead) at a time that suits you. Let our Skipper give you a personalised cruise and commentary just for you.

Perfect for family groups or social bubbles of 1-25 passengers.