We are delighted that, returning for another season, is the Elizabeth G team from 2019 of Chris, Rob, Nigel, Alexa, Margareta and Craig.
Skipper Chris Ireland has cruised with us for many years and is well qualified to skipper Elizabeth G, with a Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence and also commercial diver, engineer and first aider. Years of experience in the Hebrides allows Chris to manage 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.
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 dinner!
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 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.
Chef Margareta Wiklund grew up in a seriously food-orientated family in Sweden and is passionate about providing healthy food that is bursting with flavour. She loves to travel and has made cooking a job that allows her to do that – luckily for us, she loves to travel in the Hebrides! Margareta has a website which provides amazing recipes which are really delicious but won’t make you fat as she is very knowledgeable on nutrition as well as taste.
Bosun Craig Robinson 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 request ever any trouble.