Hire 40 – seater boat with crew


LUCS has two boats that can carry 40 passengers or 36 if there is a requirement for a catering table. These are Saint Magdalene and its new boat Saint Michael. Each are heated enclosed boats with ten tables each seating four people. Hires normally leave from the canal centre but your party can be picked up from a pre-arranged point along the canal.

Generally, LUCS uses its newer boat, St Michael for boat hires. However, for operational reasons it is not possible to guarantee the use of a specific boat.

LUCS does not provide catering but does have a list of recommended caterers.

Charge for the first hour is £120 and £60 per hour thereafter. Payment is by credit card or Paypal at the time of booking. Payment is by credit card or Paypal at the time of booking. Payment can also be made by cheque. Teas/Coffees and biscuits can be provided at £2 per head for which payment is taken during the hire.

Costs of specific trips, with indicative times, are:

  • £120 Kettilstoun Quarry – 1 hour
  • £200 Avon Aqueduct – 2 ½ hours
  • £450 Falkirk Wheel – 9 hours, less time if your party is picked up between Linlithgow and the Wheel
  • £150 Park Bistro Water Taxi – 40 minutes each way, boat waits while you eat
  • £200 Bridge 49 Bistro – 1 hour each way, boat waits while you eat

The LUCS Booking System shows when Saint Magdalene is available for hire and enables you to make a booking and to pay on-line by PayPal, credit card or debit card.  Alternative payment methods are payment by cheque or by prepaid LUCS Gift Voucher.  In these cases the booking will be provisional until confirmed by LUCS.

Please note hire requests at less than ten days’ notice may not be possible.

Gift Vouchers:  If you are thinking of a novel present for Christmas, a birthday, an anniversary or any other occasion, LUCS can provide gift vouchers for the hire of Saint Magdalene with a driver and crew.  The gift voucher can also be used for the hire of Victoria with a driver and crew, the self-drive boat Leamington,  Town Boat Trips, Aqueduct Cruises and Falkirk Wheel Cruises. To make an enquiry please contact LUCS at – bookings@lucs.org.uk.