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Discover the beauty of Lake Windermere at your own pace, safely in your own space.

Discover the beauty of Lake Windermere at your own pace, safely in your own space.

Self Drive Motor Boat Hire

Explore Windermere at your own pace with the hire of your own motor boat

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⚠ COVID-19: We are currently closed, but we will re-open on Wednesday 2 December.

  • Our phone lines, web-chat and emails will be monitored throughout this period.
  • We are taking bookings for 2 December onwards on our self-drive boats from Bowness Beach only.

Hire a boat from Bowness Beach for 1 or 2 hour sessions

  • No boating experience is necessary as we provide full safety instructions, a sailing guide to the lake and buoyancy aids for everyone on board. If you get into trouble at any time, our safety boat will come to your rescue.
  • Our boats can be hired for 1 or 2 hours.
  • Contact-less hiring experience in line with social distancing guidelines.
  • £30 deposit is taken when booking, but refunded automatically when you bring the boat safely back on time.

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⚠ Please arrive within plenty of time for your booking. Boats are non-refundable or transferable.

A luxury motor boat heading out to explore Windermere

Luxury Motor Boats

Our range of quiet electric self-drive boats available at Bowness and are a great way for you and your family to explore Windermere in comfort.

  • Maximum 6 people (1 person must be over 18).
  • Comfy padded seating.
  • Rollback roof for all weathers.
  • Quiet electric engine and easy to drive.
  • Accompanied children under 16 go FREE.
CostPer extra adultUnder 16s
One hour hire (1 or 2 adults)£35£6FREE
Two hour hire (1 or 2 adults)£58£4FREE


📄 For more hire options and prices, please see our fact sheet. | 🛒 BOOK NOW

Luxury Motor Boat

Luxury Motor Boat

With a quiet, electric motor these easy-to-drive boats are a great way to explore the northern half of Lake Windermere.

📷 View our gallery of self-drive boats

📷 View the interior in our 360° VR tour

If you wish to book, please select a date in the sidebar.

Book Your Boat

Select a location and a date to view prices and sailing times.

How to find us in Bowness

Only our Bowness Beach hire point is open all year.

The beach is a few minutes' walking distance from the main Bowness Pier (where the main cruises go from).

Our other Bowness location - Bowness Dock is now closed until March 2021.

ℹ Check your e-ticket after booking for clear instructions and a small map of how to find us.


Restrictions on hire
Please note 🚫 No alcohol allowed on board 🚫 6 persons maximum (including babies) 🚫 No smoking
⚠ Please arrive within plenty of time for your booking. Boats are non-refundable or transferable.

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