Places to go Boating

There’s no better feeling than taking to the water and discovering the UK by boat. No matter what kind of vessel you captain, the UK is packed with beautiful places to go boating in your spare time.

We’ve listed a few of our favourites for those of you looking for inspiration…

South Devon

South Devon is an idyllic spot for some sailing. With a dramatic coastline that’s teeming with wildlife, it’s a destination that’s all about taking your time and enjoying the views. Devon’s delightfully craggy coastline has plenty of sleepy coves, so you can stop and anchor before exploring one of the many sandy beaches that sit waiting to be discovered.

If all that salty air leaves you ready for the catch of the day, South Devon is home to a thriving foodie scene. Make your way to sunny Torbay and you’ll find Rockfish, owned by celebrity chef Mitch Tonks, as well as Michelin restaurant The Elephant, right beside the bustling harbour. With those views, the food tastes even more delicious, and you’ll be able to work the meal off with a wander along the resort’s palm-lined seafront.

The neighbouring town of Brixham is a thriving fishing community with a passion for supporting historic ships. Pilgrim of Brixham dates back to 1895 and is available for charter around the English Riviera. If you’re after a sailing experience you’ll never forget, book your spot on this beloved piece of Devon’s sailing history.

North Ayrshire

For that boating break with a side of adventure, head to West Scotland and explore the waters of the Firth of Clyde in North Ayrshire. The area’s coastline is recognised for its spectacular coastal scenery and welcoming sandy beaches, so it’s perfect for a spot of boating during season.

The Firth of Clyde is home to some of the UK’s most sheltered waters for sailing, making it a popular destination with sailors looking to enjoy their favourite pastime

The seaside resort of Largs makes a great place to drop anchor for a day or two, and if you visit at the end of August you might catch the annual Largs Viking Festival. A real haven for boat folk, Largs is a bustling town with plenty to see and do while you enjoy some time onshore.


We can’t think of a better way to take in that unspoilt Yorkshire scenery than by gliding your way along a canal by narrowboat. One of those magical places to go boating that’s unlike any other, this one’s ideal for a relaxing break on the water.

The county is laced with hundreds of miles of waterway, but Ripon Waterside and Marina makes a great starting point for your travels as it’s so close to the Yorkshire Dales. Found on the Ripon Canal, this picturesque marina makes a great base for those of you keen to explore the cathedral city of Ripon. Take a stroll along the towpath to the historic cathedral, keeping your eyes peeled for the rich wildlife that calls this spot home.

With the racecourse just a stone’s throw from the marina, you’ll be able to enjoy race day during your stay, and anglers will be able to enjoy fishing on the canal and the surrounding rivers. If there’s no horse racing on during your stay, not to worry, as you’ll be able to take in the birdlife on the racecourse lake and nature reserve.


When did you last sail your way past England’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site? Well, one of the joys of boating in sunny Dorset is that you’ll be rewarded with unbeatable views of the infamous Jurassic Coast. Complete with rock formations that date back 200 million years, sailing the region is a great opportunity to admire Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door and Stair Hole from the vantage point of the water.

One of the UK’s most unique places to go boating, Dorset has something to offer everyone. If you fancy a closer look at the formations, you can take a kayak tour with your own guide to make sure you don’t miss any of the sites.

If you’ve always wanted to sail a tall ship, book yourself aboard the Tallship Moonfleet from Portland and experience this classic gaff rigged cutter. If you’re happy to let someone else take charge, you can just sit back and relax as you glide your way past the Isle of Purbeck and the Isle of Portland.

This is a marketing article by Towergate Insurance. 

Adam Summersby

Date: June 01, 2022

Category: Boat

At a Glance

South Devon

North Ayrshire



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