Free Spirit Boat Hire

Free Spirit hire boats are neat clean silent-running electric powered motor boats that are easy to drive and a perfect opportunity to enjoy the peaceful, scenic Caledonian Canal for an hour or two. Couples, car-loads and coach-fulls of all ages are catered for with safety equipment supplied by us.  We are proud members of  Neptune's Staircase Activity Hub, established by Scottish Canals to open the Caledonian Canal up to many more users than ever before. Free Spirit electric boats are the first of their kind on the Scottish Canal network.
The opportunities for a day out at Neptune's Staircase are extensive.
-A self-drive boating adventure with Free Spirit. 
-Refreshments at the Moorings Hotel, at the canal side next to the car park.
-Kayak and bike hire from Rockhopper, half way up the lock flight.
-Harry Potters Steam Train, from Fort William to Mallaig. A day out in itself.
-Or, twenty minutes drive from Free Spirit Boat Hire you could be watching the steam train glide over the now well know Harry Potter flying car bridge at Glenfinnan. (A perfect spot to view from above can be reached via the short path up the hillside to the left and behind the visitor centre there. The monument on the beach across the road is also a must-see. 
Before or after all that you might ride the Gondola up to the Golden Goose Cafe at Nevis Ski Range. To mention but a few!

Boat Capacity
3 large adults, 4 medium sized adults, family of 5. One adult with 4 to 5 children depending on ages.  

We encourage youngsters to steer the boats so they gain valuable experience while on the water. They will enjoy receiving their "I've Been a Free Spirit" badge to mark their achievement.  

From wildlife spotting to counting the jumping trout (which you can fish for by the way), steering and navigating, there is an abundance of memorable moments to be enjoyed and taken home.  

Couples can share a unique experience together. Families, often three generations in one boat can spend magical moments amid the mountains. Groups of friends always come back in our boats pleasantly surprised at how nippy they are. Were they racing!?  

Group bookings attract discounted hourly rates. We offer children's birthday party and school trip packages.   

Heading north out of Fort William on the A82, turn left at the Ben Nevis Distillery, onto the A830 Mallaig road. One mile down, cross the Caledonian Canal and turn first right into Banavie to find ample parking. Free Spirit boats launch from the pontoon just beyond Top Lock, 2 minutes walk from the car park. Just follow our signs.   

Opening Hours
10:00-17:00 7 days a week during school summer holidays.
Otherwise weekends; and at any other time by arrangement.
Telephone bookings are easy to make. If we can we will! 

Read more about:
Terms and conditions can be read here 
Up to date Facebook 

Make an enquiry now

Your enquiry was sent successfully

Key features and services

No features specified


Contact telephone

No phone number available

Send to a friend