Click here for latest updates about Coronavirus and your holiday.

Blog

Guide to Birmingham’s canal district

Thinking of booking a Birmingham boating holiday? Or simply want to know more about what Birmingham’s canal district can offer? Our detailed guide has you covered. Birmingham canals With 100 miles of canals (more than Venice!), Birmingham’s canal district is renowned for being one of the most intricate canal networks in the world. The hub of this district is the renowned Gas Street Basin – which...

Read More

Boating holidays in Scotland

Searching for the perfect boating holiday in Scotland? Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway with a special someone, a fun-filled family adventure on the waters or celebrating with a group of friends; Scotland is the perfect destination. Learn more about ABC’s boating destinations in Scotland for your next trip along the canals. Holidays in Scotland Edinburgh holidays When choosing a...

Read More

Weekend breaks with dogs in the UK

Looking to get away on a weekend break with the dog? Treating yourselves to a long weekend away is always a good way to unwind from the daily hustle and bustle – but we can often feel guilty for leaving behind our beloved four-legged friends. That’s why we’ve put together our favourite UK holiday ideas with dogs – from canal side holiday cottages to seaside escapes where your furry friend can enjo...

Read More

The history of canal boats in the UK

couple learning how to drive a canal boat

Most of the UK have some knowledge about the canal system and how it used to operate, but nowadays the British Waterways are more commonly known for canal boat holidays or day trips. Beginning as working boats used for transportation of goods, narrowboats have an interesting history dating back to the 18th century. From beginning their journey as horse-drawn canal boats to the evolution of using c...

Read More

Where to go on an Easter holiday

With Easter just around the corner, you may be wondering where to go for an Easter break. With copious amounts of chocolate in tow, make sure you’re heading off to the perfect destination for the weekend. Whether you’re spending Easter weekend just you and a loved one, with a group of friends or the whole family, our ideas for the best Easter breaks have you covered! Easter weekend breaks Lookin...

Read More

Celebrity Britain by Barge: Then & Now

best canals in uk

Similar to the much-loved ‘Celebrity 5 Go Barging’ we saw on our screens in summer 2019, Channel 5 are welcoming a new edition to the television schedule – in the form of Celebrity Britain by Barge. The series kicked off on February 14th, 2020 at 9pm, and has 4 episodes in total over the coming weeks. So, what makes Celebrity Britain by Barge so special? Who are the celebrities? Made up of four...

Read More

Cruising the Cut – Win a Canal Boat Holiday!

Teaming up with YouTube Content Creator, Cruising the Cut, ABC Boat Hire are offering the chance to win a canal boat holiday! This fantastic prize will be available from any of our 16 start locations and it will be up to the value of £1800 – plus the competition is completely free to enter. Sounds good, right? How do I enter? Simply go to our Cruising the Cut competition page – this explains the...

Read More

Best canal walks in the UK

Love a good hike? Perhaps you’re looking for an excuse to dust off the walking boots and get some fresh air amid beautiful British countryside? A canal walk is the perfect way to do just that. From canal walks in England to Welsh and Scottish walking trails, find our 5 best canal walks in the UK to explore on your next narrowboat holiday. Top 5 canal walking routes in the UK 1. Grand Union Canal...

Read More

5 fun things to do for Valentine’s Day

valentine's day couple sitting on boat

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s time to get your romantic thinking-cap on and start planning a surprise getaway for your loved one. But where to take them? Perhaps you’ve exhausted the “nice meal and a bunch of flowers” in previous years – for something a little different, read our detailed guide on the five most fun things to do for Valentine’s Day this year. Valentine’s Day tr...

Read More

Half term break ideas in the UK

boating holidays in scotland

Struggling for half term ideas? Whether it’s February, May or October half term, taking some time out from the monotony of daily life is essential. Let the kids wind down from their studies and book off some annual leave for family time, or time with a loved one. So, what are some of the best ideas for half term breaks? What to do in half term Looking for half term short break ideas, or perhaps...

Read More