Your skipper and crew will be suitably trained, qualified and experienced. Our skippers all hold minimum qualification of Yachtmaster. Their primary responsibility is the comfort and safety of all passengers. We have several skipper and crew operating on different dates. You are most likely to meet Kenneth and Nicola..
Kenneth Mackinnon, Owner / Skipper
Kenneth is locally born and bred in Dunvegan, Skye. He has been around boats from an early age, helping his dad on the fishing boats in Loch Dunvegan. Since then he has gained his RYA Ocean Master and MCA Master 200. Working on all sorts of boats from container ships to super yachts, his boating adventures have taken him all over the world. Kenny has been fascinated by St Kilda since his first visit in 2013 and is delighted to be sharing the fascinating history and natural phenomena that is St Kilda.
Willie is an experienced sea goer, having first gone on a commercial fishing vessel at the age of 7 from Dunvegan on the Isle of Skye where he continued fishing from until 1993, resuming again after time in the forces until 2013 when he decided enough was enough. From there Willie went onto the commercial maritime industry, having been a barge master on a crane barge and sub-contracting as a skipper for crew transfers on Windspeed RHIBs on large scale marine construction contracts as well as at the new Queeensferry Crossing on the Firth of Forth. He is commercially endorsed to carry passengers 60 miles from a safe haven and has been to St Kilda many times while working in the fishing industry,
A keen marine photographer, Willie never goes to sea without a camera or two, and always advises others to make sure that they have plenty of film/sd cards and batteries are charged because you never know when you will see that picture.
Kerry grew up in the Kingdom of Fife and did not always have access to the ocean. Her travels around the world as an international teacher & volunteer have given her a fondness of all things aquatic, Kerry is now a keen diver & kayaker as well as being one of our’s most excitable guides! She enjoys nothing more than sharing her knowledge of the local wildlife in the classroom & with visitors alike.
Nicola is our resident crew member and guide and has been with us since 2014. Nicola has been on powerboats since she was 11 years old so feels very at home on the sea. After earning her degree in Zoo Biology Nicola decided to become a wildlife guide to give her opportunity to inspire others about wildlife, the environment and conservation. She is more than happy to share her knowledge and passion for wildlife. In 2015 Nicola was involved with the Pilot Whale stranding at Staffin on Skye following which she became a Marine Mammal Medic with BDMLR. In 2016 Nicola completed her Large Whale Disentanglement Course and is now one of only ten Level 3 Marine Medics in the whole of Europe! Nicola speaks Spanish, and has a love for wildlife and landscape photography too.
Over the years Gill has spent time on the water kayaking, white water rafting, as a mate on a yacht and as rescue crew on a lifeboat. She even lived on a boat for a couple of years.As well as loving being at sea she is keen to take care of our oceans and coastlines. She is a local Surfers Against Sewage rep and has organised countless beach cleans. Gill also works as an expedition leader supporting young people to challenge themselves and explore the world.
Gill first went to St Kilda when she was a cox for the Row St Kilda 2 Skye project and is looking forward to sharing this amazing place with folk who come onboard.
Harvey hails from a small fishing village on the north east of Scotland and can trace over 300 years of family history in the area and has spent most of his working life around the sea predominantly working in the oil and gas sector in quayside logistics and more recently marine and survival training .
Having spent his youth involved with the local sea cadets, is now a keen diver and RNLI lifeboat crew member, it's hard to keep him away from the water. Harvey holds both BSAC and PADI certification in diving (rescue diver) RYA level2 powerboat and various other marine based qualifications.
More recently Harvey has spent time in New Zealand and Mallorca travelling and is looking forward to a fun packed season with us on St Kilda.