Iain takes the helm in new family venture

A new business has been launched in the Holy Loch, running small boat pleasure cruises around the Clyde sea lochs and Argyll.

At the helm: Iain Duncan
At the helm: Iain Duncan

Iain Duncan, who has worked for the Majestic Line since it started up ten years ago, has started his own company, Argyll Cruising.

Iain, who was born in Stonefield Castle on Loch Fyne, has spent much of his adult life sailing and working on the Clyde and Argyll coast and he will be offering cruises to the Isles of the Clyde, Arran, the Kyles of Bute and out to Ailsa Craig.

Andy Thoms, Majestic Line owner, said: “We started out ten years ago because we recognised that small boat cruising is the perfect way to explore the west coast of Scotland.

“We pioneered a new market, creating a unique small ship cruise ship experience which has proved popular with guests from across the world.

“We are very grateful to Iain for his excellent service as Skipper on our vessels and the hospitality he provided to our guests and wish him well in his new venture.”

Splendour: Iain's new vessel
Splendour: Iain’s new vessel

Iain commented: “The Majestic Line gave me a great opportunity, encouraging me to take on the position of engineer on their vessels and then supporting me to getting my skipper’s qualification. It is typical of the warmth of the company that they are happy that this has now led to an opportunity for me to develop my own cruising company.”

Supported by his son Jamie, who has recently completed a degree in hospitality and tourism, Iain will offer three-night and six-night cruises out of Holy Loch on their traditional vessel Splendour carrying up to seven guests.