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Dinan Base Information

Dinan is a medieval town, enclosed by ramparts overlooking the valley of the Rance (a spectacular sight). Try to keep a few hours available to visit this very lively town; it is at its best during the summer season. You will be able to visit the castle of the Duchess Anne and its museum, the Saint Sauveur Basilica and discover the old alleys including the famous Jerzual Road, the English Garden and the Clock Tower.

Base Opening Hours

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 08.30 to 12.30 and 14:00 to 18:00.
Sunday: Closed

Late Arrivals

If you are going to be arriving at the base late, you will need to inform the base directly or the general sales office where you booked.

When you arrive at the base there will be a note on the reception door informing you where your boat is. The boat will be left open with the lights on for you to stay on board that night. The base staff will do the full briefing the following morning.

When To Arrive:

Your boat will be ready to depart for 16:00 - 17:30. We recommend that you arrive 60 minutes earlier for check-in and instructions.

If you have booked an Early Check-in Service, please arrive at the base ready to depart between 11am and 12pm or from 2pm.

Your Return

Your boat should be returned and unoccupied by 9am on your last cruising day (or by midday if you have booked a Late Check-out).

Upon Arrival:

Our base staff look forward to welcoming you to their cruising region and aim to make your arrival and holiday as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

When you arrive or base staff will:

  • Take a fuel deposit to cover the fuel you use during your holiday. Any extra fuel used will be charged on your return or we will refund the difference for fuel you have not used.
  • Take a refundable collision damage deposit – if you have not purchased collision damage waiver. This will be refunded if you return your boat and its inventory undamaged at the end of your holiday
  • Familiarise you with your waterways guide, maps and other helpful documentation provided to help you plan where you want to go and where you’d like to stop.
  • Brief you about your boat, the equipment on board, and the cruising area (places to visit, etc).
  • Give you a boat handling demonstration on the water with one of our technicians.
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Hotels and Restaurants

Hôtel-Restaurant de la Gare à MESSAC - Tel: 00 33 (0)2 99 34 27 79
Restaurant «La table de Marysam » à MESSAC – Tel : 00 33 (0)2 99 34 61 30
Pizzéria l’Escale à MESSAC - Tel : 00 33 (0)2 99 34 60 97
Crêperie du Port à GUIPRY – Tel : 00 33 (0)2 99 34 78 18
Hôtel Restaurant La Gibecière à Lohéac, 6 kms de
MESSAC - Tel: 00 33 (0)2 99 34 06 14
Hôtel de La Tour De L’Horloge à DINAN - Tel: 00 33 (0)2 96 39 96 92
Restaurant Le Champ Clos à DINAN - Tel: 00 33 (0)2 96 39 04 56
Hôtel de L’océan à DINAN - Tel: 00 33 (0)2 96 39 21 51
Hostellerie Du Vieux Saint-Sauveur à DINAN - Tel: 00 33 (0)2 96 85 30 20
Auberge Des Terres Neuvas à DINAN - Tel: 00 33 (0)2 96 39 86 45
Le Relais Corsaire Restaurant Le Chablis à DINAN - Tel: 00 33 (0)2 96 39 40 17

Transport Information


Airport Rennes
St-Jacques is situated 39 km from Messac and 60 km from Dinan.
Air France - Tel: 0820 820 820
Ryan Air - Tel: 02 99 16 00 66
Aurigny - Tel: 02 99 46 70 28

By Road:

Michelin map n° 59 and IGN map n° 105 will help you.

By Rail:

Information on 08 36 35 35 35
Railway Station at Dinan Tel: 02 92 35 35 35


The following ferry routes operate to North Western France.

  • Portsmouth to St Malo (closest): Brittany Ferries
  • Portsmouth to Cherbourg: Brittany Ferries
  • Portsmouth to Caen: Brittany Ferries
  • Plymouth to Roscoff: Brittany Ferries


You can find all the facilities you might need in Dinan including everyday shops and services such as banks, a post office, a pharmacy and a supermarket. Our base has toilets, showers and free open-air parking.