Cruising the West Coast of Scotland since 1995
Hebrides Cruises is a family business based in Oban on the west coast of Scotland, offering wildlife cruises to the islands of the Inner and Outer Hebrides, St Kilda and the remote North West coast of Scotland. Four crew on each vessel show the huge diversity of wildlife and stunning scenery to our guests. However we are proud to offer high quality accommodation and the best of highland hospitality alongside our wildlife expertise. Our two sea-going vessels offer luxury accommodation and the food served on board by our professional Chefs is of gourmet standard.
Hebrides Cruises is owned and run by Rob Barlow who has spent all his working life at sea and is one of the Skippers on board. He will happily hand-dive for scallops to serve to guests on board the cruises. A qualified engineer, and a member of Tobermory Coastguard team, Rob has 24 years experience of running small-boat cruises and charters around the West Coast of Scotland. Rob’s daughter, Emma Barlow, is Shore Manager, Sales Manager and responsible for customer care. Emma communicates with guests from the first point of enquiry until the end of their cruise to ensure their time with Hebrides Cruises is the best it can be.
The company is passionate about protecting the natural environment, in the beautiful areas in which our vessels operate. They aim not only to leave no trace of their visit but also help the environment by picking up any dangerous waste they come across and taking part in research on the rare species which inhabit these waters. We were very proud to have been associated with the development of the Hebridean Whale and Dolphiin Trust (HWDT) "Whale Track App" which was tested on board our ships prior to its launch. In October 2018 we were very pleased to support the work of HWDT by becoming a Corporate Partner. Members of the Crew are "WiSE" accredited and the company was delighted to achieve the Green Tourism Silver level of award at first assessment in July 2019. This excellent initiative helps us achieve our own aims as a high-quality sustainable tourism organisation.
Hebrides Cruises is supported by an outstanding team of colleagues, expert in working at sea, the natural environment and hospitality. Our Skippers, Wildlife Guides, Bosuns and Chefs are the best available.