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All our 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 in the WC.  Paper must be put into the bin provided. The shower is ceramic, 24 inches square and hot water is supplied by means of a water heater which takes just a few minutes to reach the required temperature. The ceramic WC on board The Four Sisters Boatel is the latest model in boating technology with touch panel flush.


We have tried very hard at The Four Sisters to make your stay on board as comfortable as possible and have had the best and latest technology installed on board to make us as close to an apartment on land as possible, however there will always be some slight differences on board. Please bare this in mind when booking The Four Sisters Boatel.



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.


Please Do Please Don't


- Smoke only on deck.


- Burn candles or smoke below deck.


- Use only eco friendly toiletries/cleaning products provided.


- wear stiletto heels on board.


- Respect other canal users.


- make excessive noise.
- Make full use of all our on-board facilities and have a fantastic time.
- exceed check out time.
- Try to keep our CD and DVD library in order.  - do not put toilet paper or face wipes down the toilet (only human waste). A small sanitary bin is provided.
- Leave The Four Sisters boatel ship shape (excessive cleaning is chargeable).  

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 which are considered unsuitable for the disabled. There are two fire extinguishers and a fire blanket on board and also 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. 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.

We guarantee your stay on board the Four Sisters will be unlike any other stay in Edinburgh.

Fine Dining

We are now delighted to announce we can offer a luxury private dining experience from the amenity of your own floating apartment in the city centre of Edinburgh. If you have a birthday party, anniversary, girls night or any other occasion then The Four Sisters Boatel is the perfect choice venue. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and batten down the hatches on board The Four Sisters Boatel enjoy a delicious meal cooked by an award winning chef. Be waited on hand and foot by your own personal chef and serving staff for the night. After dinner retreat to one of our luxury cabins and enjoy a peaceful night afloat on The Union Canal. Please speak to us regarding prices and availibility.


Welcome Hampers



£10 basic for 2 peopleeggs, bread, butter, milk, cheese, tomatoes.

£20 medium for 2 people - eggs, bread, butter, milk, cheese, tomatoes, bacon, oatcakes, fruit juice, chutney.

£50 luxury for 2 peopleeggs, bread, butter, milk, cheese x 2, tomatoes, bacon, oatcakes,  fruit juice, chutney, haggis,  fruit, chocolates, muesli, shortbread, tablet, fudge, Italian meat selection.

£50 luxury for 2 with alcohol - eggs, bread, butter, milk, cheese x 2, tomatoes, bacon, oatcakes,  fruit juice, chutney, haggis, muesli,  fruit, chocolates, shortbread, prosecco.

£20 prosecco on ice per bottle

£50 champagne on ice per bottle

£20 standard spirits

£50 luxury spirits

£5-£20 balloons and banners


pamper packages

our experienced professional beauticians can be hired on an hourly basis to provide the highest quality treatments from the comfort of your own boat accommodation. Treatments as follows;

massage - deep tissue, sweedish, hot stone, aromatherapy, theraputic- head, neck, shoulder, feet, full body, half body

waxing - all areas

body wraps

spray tans

eyelash extention/ tinting


manicure/ pedicure

shellac nails

Beauty therapists can be hired for £50 per therapist per hour, 2 therapists can be hired simultaniously. All treatments can be mix and matched within the alloted time for example, 1 hour for £50, 30 minute head massage and 30 minute facial.

booking must be at least 72 hours in advance, please contact us directly to book, booking is subject to availability.

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