Having trouble finding a vacation in the UK? Let your worries take flight with a break on a yacht or riverboat
Summer is all about having fun on the water.
And while accommodation on Britain’s coasts fills up quickly, there are still places on boats to be won, whether you hire your own riverboat or opt for a cabin aboard a yacht.
AT THE TOP OF THE WORLD IN THE FLOW IN THE SKY
On a canal boating holiday with Drifters you can float on the Pontcysyllte aqueduct in North Wales, pictured
Float the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in North Wales and the 11 miles of the Llangollen Canal which have been awarded Unesco World Heritage status for being a ‘pioneering masterpiece of engineering’ by Thomas Telford. Nicknamed the “Stream in the Sky”, the aqueduct has 18 metal and masonry arches. A three night weekend in August for four costs from £ 1,399, excluding fuel (drifters.co.uk).
For picturesque scenery, try the Mid-Worcestershire Ring, a 21 mile loop that can easily be completed on a short break. There are 33 locks to walk through and take some time to explore Worcester, the final resting place of King John. Three-night stays in summer cost from £ 1,499 for six or £ 1,599 for eight (abcboathire.com).
CATCH A KETCH AROUND POLDARK COUNTRY
If you prefer to charter an entire boat, Venture Sail Holidays offers skippered vessels, including the Westcountry Unity cutter (left, with one of its bedrooms pictured right)
A week for four on Venture Sail’s Unity costs from £ 4,800 including meals. In the photo, the dining room of the boat
Think Cornwall will be too crowded this summer? Instead, see it from the sea, channeling your inland Poldark and setting out from Charlestown’s pretty harbor at St Austell Bay on the south coast on a Cornish ketch or schooner. A three-night trip to the Cornish coast, including Fowey, Falmouth and the River Helford, among others, costs from £ 375 per person including meals, while a five-night trip around the Isles of Scilly costs from £ 725 per person (charlestown- port.myshopwired.co.uk).
If you prefer to charter the entire boat, Venture Sail Holidays offers skippered boats, including the Westcountry Unity cutter. A week for four costs from £ 4,800 including meals (venturesailholidays.com). The company also offers trips with single berths.
ROYAL LINKS ON THE COAST WITH THE MOST
Make a splash: Sail the Solent with Hamble-based yacht charter company Fairview Sailing
The interior of an Oceanis 45 yacht, available for charter through Fairview Sailing. A skipper can be hired for £ 250 per day for those who prefer a more relaxed trip
Sail the waters made famous by the annual Cowes Yachting Regatta on the Isle of Wight, passing Queen Victoria’s Osborne House, the circular forts surrounded by water and the rock formations of the Needles off the coast . Or cruise along the Dorset coast, admire the natural arch of Durdle Door and drop anchor in charming Lulworth Cove. Hamble-based yacht charter company Fairview Sailing is available in the summer, with seven nights starting at £ 2,789 for six to eight people in three cabins. A skipper can be hired for £ 250 per day (fairviewsailing.co.uk).
Click & Boat, the Airbnb of the nautical world, is available on weekends or weekdays. A six-berth, two-cabin boat, based in Poole Harbor, can be chartered for five days in the summer from £ 1,228, plus £ 200 per day for a skipper. At the other end of the scale, a 54ft, 12-berth skippered vessel, with four en-suite cabins, costs from £ 4,259 for five days in summer (clickandboat.com).
SPEND A WHALE TIME IN SCOTLAND
Explore some of Scotland’s most remote gems aboard a Venture Sail Holidays tall ship (pictured), departing from Mallaig on the northwest coast
The luxury lounge of the Venture Sail Holidays ship which will sail the Scottish coast this summer
A week in August on the Venture Sail Holiday tall ship costs from £ 1,533 per person including meals
Learn how to sea kayak in Scotland on a new five-day trip that was added in August, around the beautiful surroundings of Loch Torridon and ending with a trip to Kinghorn Island, with its seal colony resident. Five days, from 13 August, with dormitory accommodation and including breakfast, lunch and some dinners, costs from £ 875 per person (responsibletravel.com).
You can also visit the same area during a less active break aboard a tall ship, departing from Mallaig on the northwest coast. Explore Kinloch Castle on the Isle of Rum, the Singing Sands on Eigg, and try to spot basking sharks, minke whales, porpoises and even orcas in the waters off Muck. You will also see Barra and Kisimul Castle, located in the bay surrounded by sea, as well as North and South Uist, with their white powder beaches. A week in August costs from £ 1,533 per person including meals (venturesailholidays.com).
Take a canal boating vacation to another level on a round trip from Falkirk to Edinburgh, starting with the world’s only rotary boat lift, which lifts ships 115 feet from the Forth and Clyde Canal to the Canal Union. The route includes the 690 meter long Falkirk Tunnel, which has been blown up across the hill so the canal does not pass through the lands of Callendar House, and Scotland’s largest aqueduct at Avon. A week for five people on a two-bedroom boat, with room for a dog, costs from £ 1,899 in July – diesel is extra and costs around £ 10 per day (black-prince.com).
CRUISE TO THE CITY OF DREAMS
With Le Boat you can pilot your own motor cruiser along the western part of the Thames
The warm interior of a Le Boat motorboat. Seven nights cost from £ 1,459 in a three-person boat, or up to £ 3,109 in an eight-person boat
Captain of your own motor cruiser along the western part of the Thames, where moorings are easy to find. Starting and ending at Benson in Oxfordshire, it’s a six hour putter towards the Oxford Dream Arrows. Continue in the other direction for the same distance and you will come to Henley-on Thames, the birthplace of British rowing. Seven nights cost from £ 1,459 in a three-person boat, or up to £ 3,109 in an eight-person boat (leboat.com).
Earthlings who prefer to return after a day on the river to a comfortable hotel room should take a look at The Runnymede on Thames, which is just ten minutes from Windsor.
You can hop onto one of the hotel’s fleet boats and have a picnic for fun on the water before returning for a swim in the outdoor hot tub, where you can continue to watch life on the beach. river scroll.
Double B&B this summer starting at £ 190 a night, with boat hire starting at £ 45 an hour for electric boats, or £ 100 an hour for diesel powered boats for up to 12 people (runnymedehotel.com).