River Trips
from Truro, Cornwall

Boat trips from 2 hours to all day on the River Fal



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Passengers are describing our boat trips as 'Magical', 'Beautiful', 'Wonderful' and 'Amazing'.

Family friendly river trips onboard our traditional sailing barge on the beautiful Fal estuary.

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Discovering the Fal

The Fal stretches from the sea at Falmouth to the city of Truro 9 miles inland. It's natural harbour and enchanting river are surrounded by beautiful countryside, historic estates and abundant wildlife.

Our tours on the river include time under quiet sail. The relaxing sounds of the rippling water and watching the sail gently move us along will entrance you.

We especially welcome those who have never sailed before.

Sit back and relax, the experienced crew are your guides and take care of all the sailing.

Our tours on the river include time under quiet sail. The relaxing sounds of the rippling water and watching the sail gently move us along will entrance you.

Sit back and relax, the experienced crew are your guides and take care of all the sailing.

Discovering the Fal Excellent reviws on TripAdvisor

A romantic trip for two or time on the water with family or friends, our trips are exclusive hire for up to 6 people.

2 Hour (Upper Reaches)

Experience one of the most beautiful and unspoiled parts of the river.

On our 2 hour trip we discover the nature and heritage along the quiet upper reaches of the Fal which include the Tregothnan estate, Tolverne and the King Harry passage.

£125 includes up to 6 people.

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3 Hour (Downriver)

Our recently introduced 3 hour trip for those who want a little more time under sail and perhaps a chance to explore some smaller creeks.

£185 includes up to 6 people.

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4 Hour (Into The Harbour)

We extend our tour reaching the Trelissick estate and then sailing into the upper harbour area known as the Carrick Roads. These sheltered waters are surrounded by beautiful countryside, waterside homes and ancient villages.

This longer trip also allows the opportunity to stop at anchor in one of the pretty bays in the area, perhaps for a picnic lunch!

£250 includes up to 6 people.

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7 Hour (Day Trip)

Experience the Fal estuary in the very best way possible, from the water.

£435 includes up to 6 people.

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Sailing experience gift vouchers available.

Our tours are a great experience to gift. We produce beautifully presented vouchers for you to give to friends and family.

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What our guests are saying about our boat trips!

"The Drifter is a charming barge crewed by the even more charming, knowledgeable and professional Neil and Debbie. The Fal is a very special spot and viewed from this beautiful barge an experience that will live long in the memory. If you are looking for a top trip along the river look no further – you won’t be disappointed." Joanna R - Sept 2021

Lucy B - Aug 2021 "Our second lovely cruise on board sailing barge Drifter with Debbie and Neil. What a fantastic way to spend a few hours, cruising gently along as Neil told us fascinating facts about the history and life of the river. We first came in 2018 and we loved the experience so much we came back. As before, Debbie and Neil were very welcoming, great fun and so professional. Our 17-year old son and his girlfriend loved it too. We will certainly be back again, Thank you for a great day out."

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Wonderful Sailing Experience

Perfect day out on the river

A highlight of the holiday

About Neil & Debbie

The crew of sailing barge Drifter

Neil and Debbie will always go out of their way to ensure every aspect of your time onboard is as good as it can be.

Over the last 20 years they have worked as professional crew on an envious variety of boats from historic to ultra modern. During that time they have sailed in the most beautiful locations including in Europe, the Caribbean and the USA.

When the time came to buy their own boat, they chose a sailing barge because their passion is traditional vessels, and the design is well known for comfortable and social sailing. They also wanted a versatile boat that was capable of sailing on inland waterways as well as being able to undertake more adventurous coastal voyages.

Neil is a qualified 'Yachtmaster Ocean' with over 50,000 sea miles. Back in 2000 he took a sabbatical, which resulted in swapping a career in IT for a life on the water. Debbie also holds a skippers license and has a wealth of experience in care and hospitality.

They met while working together onboard a historic (100 years old at the time) Thames sailing barge, and later got married in the middle of winter because they were too busy sailing in the summer!

They have made the River Fal their home. Their enthusiasm for sailing in this unique and beautiful area, and for sharing their experience and knowledge with others is obvious to all who meet them.

Where to find us

We start and finish our sailing trips at Malpas marina near Truro.

Satnav postcode is TR1 1SW. There is free parking alongside the road either side of The Heron Inn.

Please allow plenty of time for parking as it is sometimes quite busy.

Contact us

Private hire sailing trips from 2 hours to all day

Trips are scheduled by contacting us with your desired date


or your Email us about our sailing trips in Falmouth app: info@sailingbargedrifter.co.uk 

Telephone number 07588 97135707588 971357

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