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Discover the beauty of Lake Windermere at your own pace

Discover the beauty of Lake Windermere at your own pace

Self Drive Motor Boats & Rowing Boats

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

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Hire during the winter season (1 - 30 November 2019)

During our off-peak season, we offer a limited hire service. A full service will resume 3 April 2020.

Rowing Boat Hire
Hire from Ambleside
✅Weekend motor boat hire from Bowness (in good weather)
Online booking

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

  • No boating experience is necessary as we provide full safety instructions, a sailing guide to the lake and life jackets 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.
  • Just turn up on the day to take one out at Bowness.

📄 Download full price list for 1-6 passengers (PDF)

A luxury motor boat heading out to explore Windermere

Luxury Motor Boats

Our range of quiet electric self-drive boats available at Bowness Pier 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.
  • Available during good weather on weekends during the winter
  • No need to book, just turn up and take out
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.

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

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