This elegant, contemporary Bar Hotel Restaurant nestles on the Forth and Clyde Canal with the stunning Auchinstarry Marina on its front doorstep and wonderful countryside views and the Campsie Fells as its backdrop.

With excellent rail and road connections to all major cities and local attractions, The Boat house is perfect for business trips, overnight stays, weekends away and for local visitors and day-trippers to enjoy Boat House hospitality and a range of outdoor activities on offer at this canal-side Marina.

Perfect for cycling, walking, fishing and local golfing with neighbouring hire facilities on site for cycling and kayaking.

You will find this waterside haven close to Croy Railway Station on the main Glasgow Edinburgh Stirling line. The M80 motorway connections are equally close and the charming town of Kilsyth is only a short stroll away with Cumbernauld just nearby.

We look forward to welcoming you!

“We want The Boat House to be about giving something unique and brilliant back to the community. We want people to be proud of it, and to visit and enjoy home from home comfort. This is an amazing bar hotel restaurant with really outstanding food, lovely staff and great service, in an unrivalled waterside setting. We genuinely can’t wait to share it.” – Ryan & Aisling Barrie


One of Scotland’s Great Trails, the John Muir Way offers walkers and cyclists a unique journey through Scotland’s landscapes, history and heritage.

Traversing central Scotland coast to coast in 134 miles, it links Helensburgh in the west with Dunbar in the east (birthplace of ‘father of national parks’ John Muir).

The Boathouse straddles sections 3 & 4 of the route and is an ideal place to stop for food and refreshments or to stop-over when completing the trail, or as a base for shorter excursions. Just a mile to the west is Barr Hill Roman Fort on the Antonine Wall, while to the east you can stroll along the Forth & Clyde Canal all the way to the famous Falkirk Wheel.

We’re also proud to be a Stamping Station for the John Muir Way passport, so pop in to have yours stamped. Plus we welcome John Muir Way passport holders; simply show your passport to a member of staff to receive a complimentary coffee.

You can find out more about the passport scheme here https://johnmuirway.org/passport

For more information about the John Muir Way, visit www.johnmuirway.org 


The Port Gallery

Whilst visiting for breakfast or lunch why not Visit The Port Gallery adjacent from us.

Dot and her team have over 30 years of experience in picture framing and printing.
This family run gallery are passionate about promoting art in the local community and exhibits a varied range of local artists works.


Outdoor Trax at Auchinstarry Marina

Cycle along the banks of the Forth and Clyde or Union canals with ease on a selection of Raleigh bikes. With day and party hire available, take in the beautiful surroundings and landmarks.

Outdoor Trax have a range of 3 and 4 person canoes available from our Auchinstarry Marina site. Take advantage of the open waters along the Forth and Clyde canal. Pre booking is encouraged to avoid disappointment.


Walking – Hidden Hikes by Neil Macnair
26 off the beaten track routes over 5-10 miles that are within one hour driving time from the Glasgow area. Some use is made of trains which is helpful for those who do not drive. Regularly available form The Boathouse, just ask.