From Saint-Martin & Melesse

Self-drive boat hire on Brittany's canals

Departing from our base in Saint-Martin-sur-Oust, cruise along the Nantes-Brest Canal towards the magnificent Josselin Castle or head for our base in Melesse for a one-way cruise via Rennes.

Brittany boat hire in a few words…

When you set off from our new Melesse base, you will fall under the spell of the River Vilaine. If you make your first stop in Rennes you can explore its Parliament, cathedral and half-timbered houses. Heading southwards, the bridge at Pont-Réan, with its nine arches offers a superb viewpoint over the river. As you approach Messac, do not miss the water-mills and windmills of the Breton moorlands or the numerous châteaux and castles in the area. If you set off from the Saint-Martin-sur-Oust base, there are numerous options for river and canal cruising. Follow the Nantes-Brest Canal to reach the very beautiful river island known as the Île aux Pies. From there, take a highly recommended detour on the little river Aff to the lovely village of La Gacilly, with its flower-filled alleys and magnificent botanical garden. Continuing on the Nantes-Brest Canal, you reach Redon with its Saint Saviour abbey, a real waterways crossroads and the country of the magician Merlin! To the west of Saint-Martin-sur-Oust, the NantesBrest Canal becomes one of the most beautiful navigable waterways.

Boat moored near Saint Martin sur Oust

The
highlights of Saint-Martin & Melesse

  • The Nantes-Brest Canal is superb and very romantic
  • Peaceful areas and very little commercial traffic make it a good choice for beginners.

our routes departing from Saint-Martin & Melesse

the routes shown are only suggestions; don’t forget that you can stop wherever you like on your cruise. The departure base of Melesse can be the departure base or the return base of a one way cruise.

From Vivianne the fairy to the Dukes’ castle

Waterway Canal de Nantes à Brest
Itinerary Saint-Martin-sur-Oust La Gacilly L'île aux pies Malestroit Josselin Saint-Martin-sur-Oust

Waterway

Canal de Nantes à Brest

Itinerary

Saint-Martin-sur-Oust ...Saint-Martin-sur-Oust
Duration of stay
1 week
Navigation time
3h30 / day
Distance traveled
122 km round trip
Number of locks
38
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Saint-Martin-sur-Oust

La Gacilly

Discover the craft workshops in the magnificent village of La Gacilly. The artists work in wax, clay, wood, glass and flowers to create high-quality decorative or useful objects. There is also a major photographic festival every summer.

L'île aux pies

The Oust flows along the coast and then escapes into rifts, creating transverse valleys such as the impressive Ile aux Pies. Uniquely in inland Brittany, a 15 km stretch of this valley is listed as a major natural attraction (Grand Site Naturel).

village
Malestroit

Midway between the Brocéliande forest and the Gulf of Morbihan, Malestroit has magnificent half-timbered houses and religious buildings. To keep the kids amused, take them to the ‘Maison des lapins crétins’ (Dopey Rabbit House) for a bit of fun.

Josselin

Steer your canal boat to Josselin, an important stage on the Dukes’ route. The town’s history is closely linked with that of its castle, which overlooks the town. Built in the Flamboyant Gothic style, it bears witness to the architecture of feudalism and the Renaissance.

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Saint-Martin-sur-Oust

Discovering the river vilaine

Waterway Canal de Nantes à Brest, Vilaine
Itinerary Saint-Martin-sur-Oust L'île aux pies Redon Langon Messac Le Pont Réan Rennes Melesse

Waterway

Canal de Nantes à Brest, Vilaine

Itinerary

Saint-Martin-sur-Oust ...Melesse
Duration of stay
1 week
Navigation time
4h / day
Distance traveled
140km one way
Number of locks
27
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Saint-Martin-sur-Oust

L'île aux pies

The Oust flows along the coast and then escapes into rifts, creating transverse valleys such as the impressive Ile aux Pies. Uniquely in inland Brittany, a 15 km stretch of this valley is listed as a major natural attraction (Grand Site Naturel).

village
Redon

village
Langon

chateau
Messac

Le Pont Réan

Don’t miss its bridge spanning the Villaine. It has nine arches and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1942.

Rennes

This town came top in the 2018 list of “Towns in France that are good to live in” according to the French magazine L’Express. If you’re passing this way in your self-drive boat, stop off to explore the town, its museums and heritage. If you’re hungry, there are two restaurants recommended by the Michelin Guide.

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Melesse

Escape into nature

Waterway Canal de Nantes à Brest, Vilaine
Itinerary Saint-Martin-sur-Oust La GacillyL'île aux pies RedonSaint-Martin-sur-Oust

Waterway

Canal de Nantes à Brest, Vilaine

Itinerary

Saint-Martin-sur-Oust ...Saint-Martin-sur-Oust
Duration of stay
Mini-week
Navigation time
4h30 / day
Distance traveled
90km round trip
Number of locks
14
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Saint-Martin-sur-Oust

La Gacilly

Discover the craft workshops in the magnificent village of La Gacilly. The artists work in wax, clay, wood, glass and flowers to create high-quality decorative or useful objects. There is also a major photographic festival every summer.

L'île aux pies

The Oust flows along the coast and then escapes into rifts, creating transverse valleys such as the impressive Ile aux Pies. Uniquely in inland Brittany, a 15 km stretch of this valley is listed as a major natural attraction (Grand Site Naturel).

village
Redon

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Saint-Martin-sur-Oust

If you want to book this cruise
Browse online the availabilities

our boats available

Departing from Melesse or Saint Martin, we can offer the range of canal boats shown below. To see the full range of cruises available, please see our self-drive boat pages or contact our team who can help you to choose.

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Your departure
base Saint-Martin-sur-Oust

LOCABOAT HOLIDAYS
28 rue du Golfe
56200 – Saint-Martin-sur-Oust
FRANCE

If you have already booked your cruise and you want to reach your departure base:

+ 33 (0)2 99 72 15 80

saint-martin-sur-oust@locaboat.com

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