Fam­ily busi­ness is now cruis­ing along

The Oban Times - - News -

A FAM­ILY from Con­nel has added an ad­di­tional small cruise ship to its fleet – com­plete with a hot tub.

The Proud Sea­horse was in­tro­duced to the public at an open day late last month at Dun­staffnage Ma­rina, near Oban. The luxury ves­sel will join He­brides Cruises’ other small ship, the El­iz­a­beth G, and take pas­sen­gers to the re­mote is­lands of the He­brides.

The Proud Sea­horse has en­suite cab­ins. Both ves­sels hold around 10 guests and both are served by four crew: a skip­per, chef, bo­sun and a wildlife guide.

Speak­ing at the open day, Emma Mac­Gre­gor said: ‘It’s a fam­ily-run busi­ness. We em­ploy up to 15 peo­ple. My dad is the skip­per and owner and I do all the mar­ket­ing. My gran makes all the scones for peo­ple com­ing on board.’

Owner and skip­per Rob Bar­low added: ‘It’s the re­mote is­lands that we spe­cialise in. St Kilda is prob­a­bly the most pop­u­lar at­trac­tion.’

Guests can stay on the Proud Sea­horse for any­where from four to 10 nights.

Rob is hope­ful that his busi­ness, He­brides Cruises, and ev­ery­one else who makes a liv­ing on the water will be able to ben­e­fit from the pon­toons that are sched­uled to be built in Oban bay.

He said: ‘It will be a great thing. It will help big time for all of us. We used to live on Mull and we saw the great things that the har­bour did for Tober­mory and it could do the same thing here.’

Daugh­ter and dad Emma Mac­Gre­gor and Rob Bar­low.

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