See it Working

Click on the links below to see how the Holray Booking System works on some of our clients’ websites.

ABC Boat Hire

“Holray is a small family run business that has developed a sophisticated booking system that covers our every requirement. Because of Holray’s online booking system we are able to offer more choice to our customers in these difficult economic times. Thank you Holray.”

Anglo Welsh

Anglo Welsh is one of the UK’s largest and most successful narrowboat holiday companies, with a reputation for providing high quality, exceptional value, fun-filled family holidays.

Armada Boat Hire

Armada Boat Hire is a family run business located on the North Oxford Canal at Falls Bridge Wharf, Harborough Magna, Rugby. Our aim is to ensure your narrowboat holiday is as comfortable, easy and informative as possible. We also offer lock and boat tuition for those who are new to narrowboat holidays.

Ashby Boat Company

‘The Holray Booking System has allowed us to offer availability searching to our customers even out of office hours, which means our customers can find us 24/7. The service and support they have provided has been top notch.’


Black Prince

“The usability and online booking features work well and with no fuss. We use the reports on a daily basis to help us provide a good service for our customers. We take bookings from all over the world and the Holray System integrates with Sage Pay to enable smooth transactions. Good value for money.”

-Leighton Jones

Broads Boating Company

The Broads Boating Co is based at Acle Bridge, Norfolk. We are a new and exciting boat yard with a fleet of fully equipped boats to suit your needs and give you a wonderful holiday.

Broads Escapes

For a relaxing break on the Norfolk Broads look no further, Broads Escapes offers a collection of self-catering holiday cottages and pet friendly cottages within the idyllic surroundings of the Norfolk Broads National Park.All of our cottages are comfortably furnished and come fully equipped so that you can create a home away from home and enjoy the freedom of having your own place to relax and reconnect with family, friends and loved ones.During your break, you can do as much or as little as you wish. Our properties are based in the pretty riverside village of Potter Heigham and are perfectly located for exploring the surrounding market towns and villages of the Broads or visiting the picturesque beaches of the Norfolk coast.

Bygone Boating

Bygone Boating is a brand new company in the boat hire Industry.

We are small at the moment, and will never be too large to not give a personal service, but we will be adding new craft as they get restored. In the meantime, small is:Personal, Friendly and Individual

Our philosophy: We will always try and go that extra mile.Treat your holiday as if it were our own.Fit our boats out to be comfortable and functional.

Cambrian Cruisers

Why Choose Cambrian Cruisers for your Brecon canal boat hire holiday?

  • We are a family run canal boat business operating for over 20 years offering our guests the highest standard of service and quality that they deserve.
  • Our Marina base is the only canal boat holiday hire company located at the Northern end of the canal nestled in the foothills of Penyfan in the Brecon Beacons National Park.

Crest Narrowboats

Crest Narrowboats are a family run canal narrow boat hire business with some members having over 30 years experience in narrow boat holiday hire fleet management. All of our staff are extremely experienced in the Canal Hire Boat industry and we pride ourselves that our knowledge and expertise is second to none. This wealth of knowledge and narrow boat hire experience is invaluable and we are confident that when you hire a canal boat holiday with Crest Narrowboats your holiday along the Llangollen through Wales and Shropshire will be of the highest possible standard.

Drift Away

Drift Away is a small family run business (established in 2014) operating our bespoke narrowboats Audrey & Vivien out of Uplands Marina in Northwich. With their sister boat Marilyn joining the fleet in March 2017.


Drifters is the flagship organisation for narrowboat holidays in Britain. Comprising the very best independent boat hire fleets, and working in partnership with Canal & River Trust, the Drifters brand represents the most respected names on the inland waterways, with nearly 500 boats to choose from. There are over 2000 miles of waterways for you to discover with Drifters. All at your own pace, and you don’t need to be an expert.

Eastwood Whelpton

Eastwood Whelpton provides yachts for charter hire on the Norfolk Broads.Our boats are self-catering 4 to 7 berth sailing yachts which require minimal training to helm.Since 1959, we have kept the same outstanding quality on all of our yachts that is simply unrivalled by other rental services on the broads.

Edan Canal Holidays

Free Coal, Free Kindling, Free Secure Parking, Free Gas, 10% discount at Pillings Lock Restaurant and no charge for pets. We believe we offer the best value canal boat holidays in the UK.

Excellence Afloat at Valley Cruises

Excellence Afloat at Valley Cruises is a small family operated luxury narrowboat hire firm offering you the highest standards of service and accommodation for canal holidays. We pride ourselves on our friendly and helpful approach, giving attention to every detail of our canal holidays.

Farncombe Boat House

On a narrowboat you have all the time in the world to appreciate the landscape and the beauties of nature. Enjoy riverside villages such as Send, Pyrford and Ripley or the larger towns of Godalming, Guildford and Weybridge with their shops, theatres, cinemas and restaurants.


“Since using the Holray System we have saved time and money. The reports and accounts are easy to use and the booking system is intuitive. We are heading towards a paperless office and the system is helping us achieve this. We are very pleased with the system.”

-Russel Fletcher

Grand Union Narrowboats

Grand Union Narrowboats is a small family run business operating from The Boatyard at Weedon in the heart of Northamptonshire on the Picturesque Grand Union Canal. Proprietor Steve Furniss is no stranger to the waterways as he has been involved in canal boats for over thirty years gaining experience working with leading hire boat fleets and operating a very successful hotel boat and passenger boat businesses with his wife Steph.

Kris Cruisers

Kris Cruisers operates the newest and most luxurious fleet of fully equipped luxury cruisers on the River Thames with boats sleeping between 2 and 10 people. They are available for hire from as little as a 3 or 4 night short break to one week or more. You can explore the whole 124 mile length of the River Thames from Teddington right up to Lechlade in Gloucestershire. Boating holidays have never been so good.

Whether you have a week, a day or just a few hours, relax, unwind and discover the hidden treasures of the River Thames with Kris Cruisers Boating Holidays.

Herbert Woods

Begin your Broads holiday adventure with us! Whether you choose to captain your own boat or enjoy the view from a waterside cottage, a holiday on the Norfolk Broads is the perfect way to unwind.With 125 miles of waterways, beautiful scenery, a wide variety of wildlife and some of the UK’s best weather, a boating holiday in the Broads National Park is an ideal place to escape the stresses of day-to-day life. From day boats to cruisers, picnic boats and kayaks, we have a boat to suit everyone’s needs.

Hunters Yard

Come and enjoy a truly unique sailing holiday experience on the Norfolk Broads with your family and friends – complete self-catering holiday packages for families, friends and groups. Sailing experience is required, or if you’re a novice why not try one of our special Learn to Sail Holidays?

Karma Waters Canal Holidays and Retreats

Discover the relaxing way of canal life by taking a narrow boat holiday or retreat. Get closer to nature as you cruise the calm waterways observing the wildlife and stepping into the tranquillity of Mother Nature. Slow down the pace of life as you cruise at 3-4 mph, negotiate locks, bridges and other canal features, meet fellow boaters and residents of the canal and maybe get a glimpse of the nostalgic old working boats on your journey.

Marine Cruises

Marine Cruises operates from three great canal holiday bases, each ideally suited to explore some of the finest canal holiday routes in the UK! The Llangollen Canal with its famous aqueducts and tunnels is probably the most beautiful canal in Britain, from our new Trent & Mersey Canal base you can explore lots of fascinating canal holiday rings, and our Falkirk base allows you to cross Scotland coast to coast, including a breathtaking journey on the world famous Falkirk Wheel!

Middlewich Narrowboats

With canal holidays from Middlewich Narrowboats there’s something new around each corner! You can choose a relaxing holiday or experience canal holidays adventure and exploration.

My River Cruising

Welcome to MyRiverCruising canal boat holidays on the River Thames. We are based in Reading Berkshire, and pride ourselves in offering luxury self-drive narrowboat and wide beam boating holidays on the River Thames Oxfordshire.
Our beautiful narrow boats and widebeam canal boats provide luxurious accommodation which meet the exacting requirements of guests expectations, in boats which are easy to drive. We are dog friendly too. Please feel free to contact us if you have any query. We’re happy to help and discuss your holiday requirements.

Norbury Wharf Limited

“We have had the Holray booking system now for two years and it is invaluable in terms of how it saves time and money, also its more than just a booking system with very useful management data, it enables us to run our business more efficiently which helps us compete with the larger hire companies, and gives us a better insight to our customers and their booking preferences.”

-Simon Jenkins

Norfolk Broads Direct

“We use Holray to better our service to our customers. It is a system that we do not want to do without. It is well presented and user friendly for both our staff and our customers. Love it.”

-Barbara Greasley

Oxfordshire Narrowboats

“We chose Holray for their professional, efficient and open approach. In just a fortnight we were up and running: web business has grown rapidly and processing costs reduced. Excellent backup – highly recommended.”

-David Dare

Pennine Cruisers

Pennine Cruisers have five luxury boats in our fleet for this season. All of which are available for short break,weekly and fortnightly hire.

A holiday on board one of Pennine Cruisers’ narrowboats includes a top class specially built boat with full headroom throughout. Complete with a fully equipped galley with full size cooker, hob, fridge, stainless steel sink and drainer, storage cupboards, crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils. Flushing fresh water toilets, showers or baths (or both), full central heating, and three of our boats also have traditional solid fuel stoves on board as well.


“We use Holray for our boats, villages and parks and find the system to be easy to use and reliable. We have multiple users in many locations and integrate with our agents. The system is robust and moulds to our needs i.e. short term offers, new boats and discounts. Their customer service is effective and polite.”

-Diane Crouch

Rose Narrowboats

“We have used Holray since 2010. The service and assistance given to us to migrate from our old booking system was excellent. From the outset it worked well – it is intuitive to use and very quick to enter bookings on. New features are added regularly and we were delighted when our suggestions were incorporated into one of the upgrades.”


Sail and Trail

Narrowboat holidays are an extremely friendly way of enjoying your next holiday. From the moment you arrive in our Glascote base and board your boat for the first time until the moment you depart you will find everyone connected with your holiday both friendly and helpful.

Sally Narrowboats

Located in the ancient Saxon Town of Bradford on Avon, half an hour’s drive from the World Heritage City of Bath, Sally Narrowboats is an independent narrowboat hire company on the Kennet and Avon Canal. Our fleet of canal narrowboats allow you to cruise to Bristol in a westerly direction and Reading in the east with numerous points of interest between – See our pub guide page for some recommendations! Our fleet ranges from intimate two berth boats right up to those which can cater for groups of ten.

 Shire Cruisers

“The Holray system does what you want because its designers have taken enormous trouble to understand your colleagues in the trade – and will do the same for you. It’s simple to use and very reliable. Service and training are good-humoured, clear and fast. If you need add-ons, Holray has extraordinary ability to produce neat solutions. Holray integrates seamlessly with Waterways Holidays.”

-Nigel Stevens

Silsden boats

Take your holiday in England, cruising the Leeds Liverpool canal, enjoying all the amazing countryside and drifting peacefully across the water – what better way to spend your family holiday than on a canal boat with Silsden Boats?

Twyford Wharf Narrowboats

‘Holray Systems have been helpful, efficient and friendly with their setup and support. Their online booking system has already helped me towards 96% occupancy for my current season and taken away a lot of admin! Thanks Holray.’

-Colin Garnham-Edge

White Horse Boats

Our canal breaks are lock free if you want them to be – ideal for first timers and novice crews. But don’t worry if you want locks to do: there are plenty further along for the more adventurous…..