Relief Skipper


Stornoway, Isle of Lewis


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We are seeking a relief skipper with some engineering/maintenance experience to help with a very full 2022 calendar of Scottish wildlife-watching cruises from Stornoway, Ullapool and Mallaig. Our cruising season runs from April to September. 


Relief Skipper (Stornoway & Mallaig)

Salary: Details upon application

Hebridean Adventures Ltd is a wildlife-watching tour company based out of Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis, offering occasional day trips but predominately multi-night expeditions on the MV Monadhliath, a specially converted fishing vessel with 2 purpose-built viewing decks.

The majority of nights on cruise will be at anchor, weather permitting.

Tendering passengers ashore at remote locations is also a regular feature of our cruises.


MV Monadhliath is 20 metres in length, with a traditional Scottish MFV construction of Larch on Oak, and a single screw driven by a 380HP Volvo Penta diesel engine. There are five passenger cabins, usually accommodating 8 passengers on 3-to-6-night cruises ranging from the Outer Hebrides and the West coast of Scotland reaching as far out as St. Kilda and south to Skye and the Small Isles.

Crew accommodation is separate from the passengers, with 2 crew cabins aft and a Skippers cabin aft of the wheelhouse. The crew consists of a wildlife guide and chef, both of whom also act as deckhands and undertake other general crewing duties. 

Day trips allow for a maximum of 12 passengers.

Monadhliath is coded with MECAL, Cat 2 (60 miles).


Reporting to:  Chief skipper/vessel manager

Responsibilities & Duties

  • Take command of the vessel, and accept overall responsibility for safety of the vessel, passengers, and crew.

  • Ensure safe navigational practice at all times.

  • Prepare passage plans and ensure the vessel is victualled and fuelled as required.

  • Manage and train crew as required, conduct safety exercises regularly.

  • Be familiar with, and comply with, regulations and legislation relevant to the operation of MV Monadhliath.

  • Be proficient in navigation by paper charts and electronic chartplotter and radar. 

  • Maintain the Ships Log.

  • Be familiar with Health, Safety and Environmental regulations, prepare and review Risk Assessments and Operating Procedures as required.

  • Represent Hebridean Adventures Ltd in a positive and professional manner.

  • Meet/ greet passengers and brief them frequently throughout the cruise regarding itinerary, weather forecasts, diversions etc.

  • Liaise with Hebridean Adventures shore staff including Chief skipper, notify them of any incidents, communicate with harbour authorities, etc. as required.

  • Be proficient in handling inflatable tender.

  • Conduct daily engine/ machinery checks, be willing and able to carry out minor repairs aboard if necessary.


  • Minimum RYA Yachtmaster (Motor) with commercial endorsement.

  • ENG 1 Medical certificate.

  • Prior experience of small cruise ship operation.

  • Flexible approach to working hours.

  • Full driving licence.

  • Proven experience of boat maintenance.

  • Be eligible to work in the UK.

  • Suitable employment references.

  • Operate vessel from mainly Stornoway but at times from Ullapool and Mallaig.



  • MCA AEC (Approved Engine Course).

  • STCW certificates.

  • WiSE (Wildlife Safe) Accreditation.

  • H&S at Work First Aid certificate, or similar.

  • Knowledge of West Coast of Scotland waters.


Terms of employment:

  • This position can be either an employed position with Hebridean Adventures or a self-employed contract.

  • It is envisaged that the requirements will be to work 1 to 2 weeks each month between April and September.

  • Salary or contracted rates on enquiry and dependent on experience.


How to apply:

Please send a CV and a covering letter detailing your maritime experience and outlining your overall suitability for the role to:


Initial interviews will take place via telephone. 


Closing date 3rd Jan 2022