5 Best Canal Boat Hires in Scotland You Need to Try in 2021

Scotland, beautiful scenery, amazing lakes and rolling hills, it is one of the must see places for a staycation this year! If you want to visit Scotland in style there would be no better way than hiring a canal boat and cruising around the sites! We have compiled the best holiday stays for you to have easy access to the canal boats and rivers! 

Whether you’re looking to see the Falkirk Wheel or enjoy the Union Canal and Forth and Clyde Canal, we’ll have the property for you! Here at Breakfree Holidays we have compiled the best list of holidays close to canal boat hire destinations, from Glasgow to Edinburgh. 

  1. Haven Craig Tara
  2. Lighthouse Leisure Caravan Park 
  3. Parkdean Resorts Grannie’s Heilan’ Hame Holiday Park 
  4. Haven Seton Sands
  5. Parkdean Resorts Sandylands


1. Haven Craig Tara

Location: Ayr, South Ayrshire

Perfect for: An action packed holiday near Glasgow

Amenities: Haven Craig Tara will satisfy all your wildest dreams! With an amusement centre, 6 food and drink outlets and 5 outdoor play areas, this destination holiday will keep you busy for your whole stay! If you’re looking for a longer excursion towards the Falkirk Wheel or the Union Canal/ Forth Clyde Canal then you are perfectly positioned. You also have the amazing city of Glasgow to visit if you would like to explore the unique shops and dining experiences. 

Haven Craig Tara has recently added to it’s many activities. You can now take part in the indoor ropes course. There are many different heights which are perfect for kids of all ages! If you would like more of a relaxing break then visit the large heated pool complex where you’ll spend hours of fun.

Heart Racing Fun! 

Haven Craig Tara is a holiday destination for your inner child! Take part in ‘The Drop’, a free fall 6 meter drop which will have your heart racing, don’t worry as there will be a support harness to support you! If you’re more of a foodie then take part in their amazing food culture where you’ll find a range of different restaurants for all tastes. From the Lighthouse Harbour Bar to Burger King to The Brigs of Ayr, you’ll find something that appeals to your tastes.

A Canal Boat Hire In Scotland To Remember

Haven Craig Tara is the perfect holiday destination for an outdoor excursion to visit the canal boats and for the ultimate boat hire. There are multiple canal boat hires under an hour away from this holiday park. You have the option of hiring your own canal boat and cruising along the Scottish canal, or you can choose one of the cruises that the boating companies offer and sit back and relax! Wouldn’t it be nice to sit back, relax and even enjoy a glass of bubbly?

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2. Lighthouse Leisure Caravan Park 

Location: Dumfries, South Scotland 

Perfect for: A coastal scenic getaway with amazing boating routes

Amenities: Lighthouse Leisure Caravan Park is a Scottish destination that will truly impress you. You’ll be amazed at the distance to the beach (less than a 2 minute walk!) and the beautiful scenery of the Forth Clyde Canal.  This family run business gravitates around making the perfect holiday for you and your children, but also specialises in romantic getaways. 

Excitement At Your Fingertips

This accommodation hosts a series of self catered caravans with great amenities. The Mermaid Leisure Centre hosts a wide range of events such as bingo nights, visiting comedians and even performers! You can sit back and relax and watch the entertainment whilst having a drink from the bar.  This caravan park also includes a brilliant shop that will sell you delicious snacks and drinks! 

Lighthouse Leisure Caravan Park is a great destination for children of all ages! During summer months there is even a Kids Club that will provide your children with activities and crafts for them to enjoy. With a large heated pool and the Kids Holiday Club there will be plenty to entertain the little ones.

Cruising Around In A Canal Boat Or See The Falkirk Wheel… 

Lighthouse Leisure Caravan Park is a great holiday destination for a canal boat cruise or hire! Sit and enjoy a brilliant cruise of the Scottish Canals. At your fingertips you have several canal boat trip hire companies, as well as several offering cruises around the Scottish canals.

Alternatively, if you wanted to enjoy more of the Scottish scenery you could have an excursion to the Falkirk Wheel that is reachable by car, sea or boat hire. The Falkirk Wheel connects the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal… a real sight to see.

 Whether you want to sit back and relax or enjoy the scenery, this caravan park will be the journey of your dreams. 

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3. Parkdean Resorts Grannie’s Heilan’ Hame Holiday Park 

Location: Dornoch, Sutherland, Scotland 

Perfect for: A beach holiday with one of Scotland’s greatest views

Amenities: Parkdean Resorts Grannie’s Heilan’ Hame Holiday Park will have you waking up to a beautiful view in the comfort of your own Caravan, you’ll want to book to come back straight away! This destination holiday park is set along miles of Scottish beach shores, roll out of bed in the morning to the glorious lap of waves and even enjoy some fish and chips on the shore! 

Crazy About The Activities On Offer! 

This Scottish holiday park will amaze you with the amenities on offer. There is an incredible heated pool, a nine hole crazy golf course and even an adventure park for the little ones! If you were looking for a break that is full of activities then we have the one for you. This Parkdeans Resorts Holiday Park is backed against the Embo Beach that is home to white sands and sandy shores.

A Boating Holiday To Remember 

Located in close contact to local canals, this holiday park is perfect for a cruise along the Scottish canals and take in the great scenery. Watch the flowing water fill the locks, and enjoy a light lunch or even have a go at steering the barge! Many different companies in the area offer cruise boating experiences as well as even hiring the boat for a day! There are many different offers to be had with a boating holiday in Scotland and this Caravan Park will exceed your wildest expectations. 

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4. Haven Seton Sands

Location: East Lothian, Scotland

Perfect for: An adventurous family experience

Amenities: Haven Seton Sands is the picturesque Scottish holiday for a boat hire. Surrounded by sandy beaches, beautiful walks and Edinburgh on your doorstep! Whether you wanted to explore the Scottish canals or view some of Scotland’s best walking routes, this holiday park will cater to you! 

Haven Seton Sands is a dog friendly staycation with multiple accommodation types available. Snuggle down in a caravan by the sea or treat yourself by hiring out one of their available lodges. All of the accommodation types offer their amazing facilities, with outdoor play areas, segway hire and a nine hole golf course! 

Explore The Forth And Clyde

Haven Seton Sands is a magical staycation for  boating holidays. With the Forth Clyde canal being only a short drive away, you can explore the canal boat hire and the beautiful scenery that Scotland has to offer. The Forth and Clyde canal hosts over 40 locks and passages which will keep you busy on your boating holidays! 

Whether you were looking to hire a canal boat for the day, or simply watch the boats pass by, this holiday park will cater towards the type of short break that you require. We here at Breakfree Holidays can’t think of anything better than escaping the city to Scotland and watching the boats cruising by! 

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5. Parkdean Resorts Sandylands

Location: Saltcoats, Ayrshire, Scotland

Perfect for: A short break with young children

Amenities: Parkdean Resorts Sandylands will exceed your expectations for holidays in Scotland! Located with two sandy beaches at your doorstep, this holiday destination will tire out the little ones; while making sure you can also have your relaxing break! Here at Breakfree Holidays, we truly think this is one of the best canal boat hire Scotland has to offer. 

The facilities at this Parkdean Resorts park will make your stay comfortable and relaxing. No matter the age of the people in your party, they will find something to enjoy in this action packed adventure park.  Parkdean Resorts Sandyland has an amusement arcade, as well as an incredible restaurant, the Boathouse Bar and Restaurant. If you were looking for a bite to eat on the beach then it even hosts its own fish n chip takeaway… now that’s a perfect holiday in Scotland! 

An Amazing Canal Boat Hire, Scotland Really Has It All

This holiday park is centrally located for a boating holiday adventure to both Union Canal and Forth and Clyde Canals. You can have the best of both worlds with having excursions to both sites, where you will find boat hire and short term boat rental. Explore the beautiful scenery of the Scottish canals, or take a short trip to the Falkirk Wheel where you can enjoy the incredible architecture, views and canals. The wheel is a truly amazing sight to see, and you’re within 30 minutes of Glasgow, the perfect experience for all in Scotland! 

Unsure About Canal Boat Hires? 

If canal boat hire isn’t really your thing then think about a Scottish lodge holiday! We have some amazing ones lined up for you, you can read more about it here.

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Let Us Help You Find The Perfect Holiday! 

We here at Breakfree Holidays are here to help you travel to that perfect vacation spot and have the experience of a lifetime. If you were looking at more holidays in Scotland then click here to find out some more amazing spots! 

We also have a wide range of properties all over the UK, for more information click here to find out more, feel free to give us a call and have a chat!