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.

PLEASE NOTE - Due to Covid-19 and Social Distancing regulations it is more important than ever that our customers arrive at least 15 minutes prior to you reserved time slot. This enables us to operate our business and control the number of people on our Marina therefore creating a safe environment for our customers and our staff. Late arrivals may result in a reduced time period for your hire slot. No refunds will be given.

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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Bowness Bay Marina
Winander House, Glebe Road
Cumbria LA23 3HE


We are delighted to be reopening for boat hire from March 29th 2021 and are accepting online bookings NOW

We have implemented some changes to how we operate our business and will be following Government guidance to ensure a safe environment for our customers and our staff.

Some of the changes we have made include;

   Maximum of 6 Persons 

No Que, simply visit our website, book your boat and come to our entrance 15 minutes before your time slot

Contactless payment only, please book and pay through our website booking system

Every boat is sanitised between each trip

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 etc on arrival (subject to availability).