A Marine Cruises canal holiday from two great bases

A canal holiday with Marine Cruises is special!

Because our canal holiday routes are special.

Marine Cruises operates from two great canal holiday bases, each ideally suited to explore some of the finest canal holiday routes in the UK! The Llangollen Canal with its famous aqueducts and tunnels is probably the most beautiful canal in Britain, you can explore lots of fascinating canal holiday rings, and our Falkirk base allows you to cross Scotland coast to coast, including a breathtaking journey on the world famous Falkirk Wheel! details

A canal holiday is a special holiday.

It’s a special holiday because it’s a great way to spend quality time with the people who matter to you. Leave all the hassles behind and take some time out, travel slowly, notice the fine details of life and enjoy the company of friends or your family. Unwind while steering the boat, working the locks or just chatting to folk you meet along the way! On a canal holiday there really is something for everyone,  as much enjoyable activity as you choose, always something to see, tunnels, castles, villages, pubs and countryside, even just relaxing with a good book while the world floats by! details

Special Narrowboats

Marine Cruises are proud of our purpose built narrowboats designed with you, our valued customer, in mind. All are professionally fitted to the highest standard to provide both the comfort and accessories you expect from a first class hire fleet. Our narrowboats are expertly maintained and well equipped and come with every item you will need to make your holiday run smoothly, all have a bathroom with shower and a galley complete with full size cooker. details

… with very special service

Marine Cruises is special because we are a family firm, set up by Arthur Rudland and now run by his daughters. Our friendly staff can give you advice about how to get the best from your canal holiday. Our 2 bases have been carefully chosen to give you the best choice of wonderful cruising routes, whether you are coming for a week, a short break, or a longer holiday. You will be able to travel at your own pace and dally where you want, in fabulous scenery. details

Covid -19 (Coronavirus) 13th October 2020 Updates.

Due to government updates we can now only accept single households or a support bubble, it may already affect you dependant on your area but we are affected by changes in Cheshire East (Tier 2) which is listed in the link below  if you are cruising from our Swanley Marina Base in Nantwich, Cheshire.


Our Scottish Holidays also fall under single households only inline with Scottish Government updates. For all Scottish Holidays.


Wrexham and Denbighshire routes are also not currently available past Chirk to Llangollen due to local lockdown restrictions in North Wales. For passage into Llangollen.


Please also note you should not be travelling in or out of a tier 3 area for your holiday according to the government website.

In Scotland and Wales where rule of six applies children under 12 are not included in these numbers.

However we do have plenty of other wonderful routes to offer. Please see the government link for each area for clarity.

General Information:

Individual emails will be send out prior to your holiday departure dates for all 2021 customers with some pre arrival information following the new guidance.

You will also need to keep in mind other areas such as Scotland and Wales will have their own protocols to follow and so we ask you to adhere to the Government Guidelines of the country you are in.

For those in the high risk group, Sheltering or flying in from overseas before August or beyond if flight restrictions or different guidelines as I appreciate some other countries will have their own travel guidance etc) please get in touch to transfer your dates across if you wish. We are transferring holidays at no extra cost  for upto 12 months from the original holiday commencement date.

We are extremely busy at the moment so where possible we would appreciate you emailing us via holidays@marinecruises.co.uk with your new requested dates or your query. Please follow the government guidance for the most up-to date information in the area you are travelling.

New Bookings – Can be made over the phone or via our website at the top of the page, If you book and cannot take your holiday due to Government guidance/restrictions/lockdown or you are self-isolating because of COVID-19, we will transfer your dates for upto 12 months from your original booking date at no extra charge unless you change the time of year to a peak time when there may be a small additional charge or  for further information please email us.

Finally we look forward to seeing you to send you off on a wonderful holiday


Scotland Important Update 18/08/2020

Due to heavy rains there has been a 30 metre collapse (Landslide) on the Union canal between Falkirk and Edinburgh, this reduces available cruising routes to the below for the remainder of 2020 only. 2021 route availability should not be affected.

Short breaks and one week breaks available, if you wish to book longer please call and have a chat with our team first.

Cruising Available with approx cruising times

  • Falkirk to Auchinstarry  (this takes you through Bonnybridge Lift Bridge & locks 17, 18 19 & 20) 4hrs
  • Falkirk to Kirkintilloch (this takes you through Bonnybridge Lift Bridge & locks 17, 18 19 & 20, Twechar Bridge and Hillhead Bridge) takes 6.5hrs)
  • Falkirk to Stockingfield Junction (Through Bonnybridge as above) Takes 8 hours.
  • Falkirk to The Kelpies (cruise through 15 locks) takes 4 hrs (You can moor up at the Kelpies)
  • Trip on the Falkirk Wheel (up the wheel, through the tunnel and into the basin, turn around and back down the wheel) approx. 2-3hrs all in.