Skipper Rob Barlow is owner of Hebrides Cruises but also Skipper of Elizabeth G and Emma Jane. A qualified skipper and engineer, and a member of Tobermory Coastguard Team, Rob has been cruising the west coast of Scotland for 40 years. He has accumulated a vast knowledge of the geography and wildlife of the area which he is only too pleased to pass on to Crews and guests. He will also happily dive for scallops to serve up for the guests!
Skipper Chris Ireland is well qualified to skipper Elizabeth G with a Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence and also commercial diver, engineer and first aider. Chris manages his vessel safely while ensuring guests enjoy the full cruising experience that the west coast has to offer. His enthusiasm for the wildlife and natural surroundings is apparent, revelling in the fact that every cruise is different.
Chef Stevie Hughes joined Hebrides Cruises in 2017 and was an instant success because of his delicious food. Stevie is from Oban and knows the best places for getting excellent quality local produce to serve on board. He has great boat skills having worked on boats for many years.
Three very knowledgeable and talented Wildlife Guides shared the 2018 season aboard Elizabeth G:
Wildlife Guide Nigel Spencer has qualifications in mountaineering and photography and is experienced in technology and identifying wildlife, all of which mix well together for providing services as a guide– guests who need photographic advice while on board take note! Nigels mission is to provide a safe, educational, inspirational and fun experience for guests both on shore and on board
Wildlife Guide Alexa Kershaw returned to crew with us in 2018. She has a Masters degree in Ecological Management and has worked as a researcher, guide, campaigner and consultant on a wide variety of marine mammal research projects, including visual and acoustic surveys in the Baltic Sea, photo-id of cetaceans in South Africa and New Zealand, and an aerial survey of the Great Barrier Reef. She is a keen wildlife photographer, passionate about conservation, and combines cetacean research with her love of guiding and sharing knowledge of the marine environment.
Wildlife Guide Chris Gomersall, a well-known expert on wildlife and photography was Guide aboard two of our cruises. 2018 was the 10th year that Chris Guided for Hebrides Cruises.
Two exceptional bosuns shared the season for 2018 aboard Elizabeth G:
Bosun Craig Robinson enjoyed 2 cruises as bosun with us in 2017 so much that he decided he would like to do a lot more in 2018! He has an indepth knowledge of the west coast of Scotland, is an experienced mountain guide has a degree in physical Geography and Geology and is STCW qualified. We are delighted to have Craig on board Elizabeth G, he is always eager to please our guests with no requests any trouble.
Bosun Kevin Johnston was new to the Hebrides Cruises team for 2018 and proved to be an indispensable crew member. We have discovered that not only is he a great bosun, he is a superb Chef! Originally from Aberdeen he has over 10 years of experience in the hospitality trade. He clearly enjoys working on the Elizabeth G and sharing his passion for the sea with guests.