A new partnership between Scottish Canals and three hire boat fleets has ensured holidaymakers can continue to experience the joy of canal boating on the Lowland Canals, sailing in the shadow of The Kelpies and taking a turn on The Falkirk Wheel into 2018 and beyond.
The deal secures the future of seven staff and the 19 vessels operated by ABC Boat Hire, Black Prince Narrowboat Holidays and Marine Cruises from their base at The Falkirk Wheel. The future of the hire boat fleet was left in doubt earlier this year when operator Capercaillie Cruisers announced its intention to stop trading. The new partnership means holidaymakers will continue to be able to enjoy narrowboat breaks on the Lowland Canals.
More than 4,000 people take to the waters of the Lowland Canals each year for a holiday afloat, with Scottish Canals aiming to grow that figure in the years to come. The fleet of Black Prince Narrowboat Holidays, ABC Boat Hire and Marine Cruises will continue to be based on the Forth & Clyde Canal in the shadow of The Falkirk Wheel. Prospective holidaymakers can find out more about breaks on the Lowland Canals at www.scottishcanals.co.uk
Haley Hadley, Marketing and Sales Director at ABC Boat Hire, said: “We are delighted to be working with Scottish Canals and to continue to be able to offer holidays aboard our boats from The Falkirk Wheel. Falkirk is one of our most popular destinations and customers travel from all over the world to enjoy these waterways.”
Hayley Noden of Marine Cruises added: “We are thrilled to be working alongside Scottish Canals and continuing our holiday hire fleet operation and the prospects and opportunities this brings with such a popular base location and the wonderful routes it has to offer.”
Leighton Jones of Black Prince Narrowboat Holidays said: “Black Prince Holidays is pleased to be able to continue offering this unique boating experience to our customers from around the world. We’re sure that working closely with Scottish Canals will lead to even more exciting opportunities ahead.”