Boat Tours, Trips and Cruises in Devon
When you’re in North Devon and this close to the water, it’s a shame not to go in it. But if getting your feet wet doesn’t appeal, taking a trip on a boat is the next best thing. And there are all sorts of boating tours in North Devon to enjoy.
Numerous boat trips to choose from
From nearby Ilfracombe Pier there are number of boat tours and trips that take you up coast and back. The famous Ilfracombe Princess runs numerous wildlife and coastal cruises where you can spot seals, porpoises, sunfish and dolphins. Cameras at the ready.
Or take a Lundy Island boat cruise and enjoy an afternoon in this remote and tranquil part of the world. The crossing takes a couple of hours on the MS Oldenberg, which has all its original 1950s brass and wooden fittings. And if you’re on deck, look out for a pod of dolphins that swim alongside the boat.
If you haven’t got your sea legs yet, take a boat trip upriver, along the River Torridge from nearby Appledore. And why not enjoy a spot of fishing while you’re at it?
If you fancy a shorter boat trip, the estuary crossing to Appledore only takes 10 minutes on the Instow ferry. Or how about a fifteen minute trip aboard the Neptune from Clovelly Harbour? A boat trip aboard the historic lifeboat, the Hampshire Rose, only takes half an hour and is always a highlight of any boating holiday. Most boat trips start at the beginning of April and run through to October.
Or if you’re feeling adventurous, charter your own Devon boat, complete with a skipper, and spend a day swimming with the seals, or snorkelling, diving or fishing.
Start your boating holiday at Ash Barton
With Ash Barton less than 10 miles away from Ilfracombe, it’s a good spot to begin your boating adventures. And with all that sea air in your lungs, you can look forward to a great night’s sleep when you get back too.
Our favourite Devon boating experiences
- Tour of the coastline
- Seals and lighthouse safari
- Lundy Island
- River Torridge
- Ilfracombe Princess trip
- Appledore-Instow ferry
- Tour of Ilfracombe Harbour