Boat Hire

on Lake Windermere

Welcome to Bowness Bay Marina, Windermere’s Premier Self Drive Boat Hire Company.

If you are looking for the most affordable self-drive Boat Hire Windermere has available why not visit Bowness Bay Marina today and see which boat takes your fancy. We have a range of self-drive boats available catering for a wide range of excursions. Whether you're looking for a romantic experience on the lake, looking to give your family a trip to remember or simply wish to explore the hidden beauty of Lake Windermere, our team can help!

Boat Hire Windermere - Why Choose Bowness Bay Marina?

We have been hiring boats on Lake Windermere since 1952 and pride ourselves in offering all customers an enjoyable and unforgettable experience.
See all that Lake Windermere has to offer from the comfort of our self drive motor boats, available with and without a roof. Its the perfect day out for family and friends and Children travel FREE. We also offer annual berthing, winter storage and boat sales and service through Windermere Boat Sales.
For all questions regarding our Boats for Hire, group bookings and more please contact us today on 015394 45535.

2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award

Explore breath taking Lake Windermere by boat, England’s longest natural lake. Leave the car for the day and view the stunning 360 degree Lake District landscape from the water.

Set sail from Bowness and visit Lake Windermere’s western shore using the new floating jetty at Bark Barn, cruise down to Brockhole for the Lake District National Park Visitor Centre, onto Waterhead and discover Ambleside or stop off at one of the public jetties along the eastern shore for a picnic or lunch.

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015394 45535
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Gift Vouchers available for boat hire
Bowness Bay Marina
Winander House, Glebe Road
Cumbria LA23 3HE


We will be re-opening for boat hire on July 4th and are accepting online bookings from this date.

We are busy implementing changes to how we operate our business and will be following Government guidance to ensure a safe environment for our customers and our staff.

To enable us to operate safely and within the guidelines all of our boats will be available by ONLINE BOOKING ONLY and for a minimum of 2 hour periods. We encourage booking online in advance however boats can be booked online via our website on your smartphone on arrival (subject to availability).

We look forward to welcoming you soon

In the meantime please Stay Alert > Control the Virus > Save Lives

The Windermere Boat Hire Team