The Four Sisters Boatel

Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom


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    The Four Sisters Boatel is a unique experience for the discerning traveler that the kids will also enjoy. A first for Scotland, The Four Sisters is located in the very heart of Edinburgh city center, tucked away in Lochrin Basin on The Union Canal alongside some of Edinburgh’s top restaurants and bars and Fountain Court Apartments. The Four Sisters Boatel is purpose built, permanently moored static wide beam houseboat so don’t worry if you haven’t got your sea legs, there are no currents or tides, sea / canal sickness is not an issue. A massive 60 feet by 11 feet and 6 feet 4 inch in headroom, she can sleep up to 6 adults and 2 children under 10 years comfortably. The Four Sisters Boatel has been awarded by Visit Scotland a 4 star luxury classification and grading.

    Located in the very heart of Edinburgh City Centre and a first for Scotland, The Four Sisters Boatel is within walking distance of the delights Edinburgh has to offer whether you’re a culture vulture, shopaholic or disco diva. The Four Sisters Boatel is the ideal base for the discerning traveler. Built for purpose, she is not your average houseboat. There are no horse brasses or wood burning stove but modern high tech spacious self- catering luxury accommodation The Four Sisters Boatel has been awarded by Visit Scotland a 4 star luxury classification and grading.

    Further amenities F.O.C.

    · Outdoor dining 2 children’s buoyancy aids

    · Adult & children’s library

    · Games

    · CD player

    · CD library (300)

    · Electric massage chair

    · Electric fan

    · 32 inch plasma TV/DVD /free view

    · DVD library (100)

    · Baby monitor

    · Foot Spa

    · Picnic blanket

    · BBQ

    · Picnic cool bag

    · Sun loungers

    · Fishing rod

    · 2 folding bicycles

    · 2 hairdryers

    · 2 hair straighteners

    · Bottled water

    · Electric under blankets

    · Luxury bed linen

    · 2 further 14 inch plasma DVD TVS

    · 2 sets wireless headphones

    · Complimentary hot drinks tray

    · Basic condiments

    · Eco-friendly cleaning products

    · Bath/hand/tea towels

    · 2 bath robes / slippers

    · Eco friendly toiletries & toilet tissue

    · Iron / board /clothes dryer

    · Small first aid kit

    · 2 cagoules


    Living on board any vessel is unlike being land bound in a flat/apartment. Onboard The Four Sisters there is a sense of peace and tranquillity where you feel no more than a very gentle sway underfoot periodically. The interior living space is surprisingly spacious. The central heating is more than adequate so passengers should never feel chilled even in the coldest of winters but secondary electric heating is available throughout the boatel. Any level of catering can be accomplished in the superbly equipped black gloss galley kitchen. The two beautifully dressed double cabins are the ultimate in comfort. Please bear in mind, floor space is tight within the cabin areas so the advice would be to travel light and avoid hard case luggage for storing purposes. There is no floor space within the cabins for a child’s cot but a bunk bed safety rail is available for the lower bunk bed located in the stern of the boatel adjacent to the cabins and a portable baby monitor available on board.

    All waste water drains directly into the canal hence the need to use the eco-friendly products supplied. Toilet waste is contained on board and is disposed of weekly by the crew. Nothing other than human waste may be disposed of down the WC. Paper must be put into the bin provided. The shower is 24 inches square and hot water is supplied by means of a water heater which takes just a few minutes to reach the temperature required.

    British Waterways has now completed superb new shower block facilities on site where there are three very large private wet rooms with changing facilities free of charge. There are also coin operated laundry facilities for your use. You will be issued with a key to access these facilities on your arrival.

    We take your safety and security very seriously aboard The Four Sisters Boatel and should point out that there are three steep steps on boarding and are considered unsuitable for the disabled. There are two fire extinguishers and a fire blanket. There are two small children’s buoyancy vests that should be worn on deck at all times. Children must be under adult supervision while on board. We have a security gate at the pontoon allowing access to British Waterways key holders only and 24 hour manned CC TV coverage.

    We will be extending our crew in the near future allowing our passengers to book a day or half day cruise along the Union Canal with two qualified Skippers. Please enquiere regarding charges

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    • ATM on-site
    • Cribs available
    • Laundry facilities
    • Spa
    • No smoking
    • Restaurant
    • Bar/Lounge
    • Beauty salon
    • Express check out
    • Coffee shop
    • Babysitting/child services (surcharge)
    • Free Internet
    • Long-term parking (surcharge)
    • Parking (surcharge)
    • Designated smoking area
    • Storage available
    • Pets allowed on request. Charges may apply.
    • Terrace/Patio
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