Navvies' Barge


Where does the boat trip begin?

The boat trip starts and ends at Applecross Basin, 1 Applecross Street, Glasgow, G4 9SP. This is a 15 minute walk from Cowcaddens Subway or a short taxi ride from the city centre.

Is there parking?

Yes, parking is available next to the boat.

How many people can come on a boat trip?

The maximum number of people allowed on the boat is 12. This includes young children too. Please note due to the size of the boat 12 adults can be a bit of a squeeze!

Will there be other groups on the boat?

No, you will have exclusive use of the boat unless clearly stated and individual tickets have been sold.

Are dogs allowed onboard?

Yes, well behaved dogs are very welcome on the boat.

Is there a toilet onboard?

Yes, there is a toilet on the boat.

Can I drive the boat?

Yes, customers are welcome to get involved with driving the boat and helping with ropes. All trips will have a skipper who will take you and will be happy to teach you how to drive. Feel free to drive as much as you like or simply sit back and watch the world go by.

Will tea and coffee be provided?

Yes, tea and coffee are provided on all of our boat trips.

Can we bring our own food and drinks?

Absolutely. There is plenty of room to lay out food. We also have a fridge and oven in the kitchen that can be used on the trip. Alcoholic drinks are allowed and there is no corkage fee.

Do I need to bring anything to serve food on?

We have a kitchen stocked with cutlery and crockery. If possible please do not bring plastic plates and cutlery as this creates unnecessary waste.

Is there anywhere to eat nearby?

There are a few lovely places near Applecross Basin to eat. We love Rockvilla Pizza, Gathering Ground Cafe and Ocho. All of these do takeaway which can be brought onboard.

What happens if the weather is bad on the day of the trip?

Bad weather, particularly high winds, sometimes means a boat trip needs to be cancelled. In these circumstances we'll be in touch with as much notice as possible to rearrange your trip or find an alternative solution (eg. static hire).

Can I play my own music on the boat?

There are no speakers on the boat but feel free to bring along your own portable speakers to play your music on the trip.

Will I get sea sick?

The canal tends to be very still but can at times rock very slightly. Many previous customers who have been nervous about this have been surprised by how little they were affected.

We have an idea for something we would like to use your boat for but you don't have it listed, can we make special requests?

Certainly. If you have a more far out idea for how you would like to use the boat get in touch and ask, the worst that can happen is we say no! Generally speaking however we will do all we can to accommodate your needs.