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Irene and Nick Scott have retired from Hotel Boating. From September 2015 Willow is to be a proper private narrowboat - and she will still be ours.

In 1995 we moved aboard our first narrowboat down on the English/Welsh canal network, and became so called 'professionals' in 1999 - and we like to think we've been that way ever since. We bought Willow in 2000 and, up to summer 2015, she was our home ever since. We know every inch of her (good and bad) and so we couldn't just 'sell her off' on our retirement.

The last four or five hotel boat years were particularly profitable, on the Scottish Lowland Canals and based at the magnificent Falkirk Wheel. But with the Falkirk Wheel's conversion to theme park status - it was time to move on.

So, Willow's last cruise on Scottish waters was down to Bowling at the west end of the Forth & Clyde canal, and then out to Rothesay Docks on the tidal Clyde - there to be craned out and loaded onto a lorry. Then a lorry ride south to Wincham Wharf on the Trent & Mersey canal - for her new life in retirement on proper canals.

Now that we have a house, winters will be spent in Scotland, with our old motorhome for the 'west coast' in Spring and Autumn (dodge those midges) - leaving summer for Willow cruising on the Welsh/English canal network.

Members Area:

Over the years we have forged friendships with some of our regular hotelboat clients. So we have created our 'Members Area' so that such friends can keep in touch with our 'comings and goings'. For those friends, click on the menu heading and it will take you to the 'private members' entry page. You'll need your password of course.

N&I Scott APS:

Existing N&I Scott APS clients (self employed accountancy clients) can gain appropriate contact via the menu. Maybe boating friends aren't aware that I have, for some years, had winter work as a registered Tax Practioner.