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Richard Holmes (Ric) owner and Skipper of 'Sealife'

Richard is one the most qualified operators in Gairloch. A former teacher he has worked in Outdoor Education for most of his life, and has a wealth of experience both in practical boat handling skills and the marine environment. Before his move to the Highlands he was Head of Marine Studies Centre serving Universities, Outdoor Education Centres and Schools. Richard has spent many years working alongside Marine Biologists consequently his knowledge and understanding of the sea is vast, he is constantly updating his understanding and knowledge of the sea with ongoing research.

 Relevant Qualifications

Royal Yachting Association ~ Yacht Master

Royal Yachting Association ~ Power Boat Instructor

Royal Yachting Association ~

R.Y.A First Aid Trainer

R.Y.A Diesel Instructor

B.S.A.C Advanced Diver



Jill Holmes (Richards wife) is usually your first contact with 'Sealife', she runs the booking office and is there to give you all the information you need for our cruises.

Jill is a working Artist and Designer, and responsible for 'Sealifes' advertising, and design work. 

The booking office is also Jill's place of work( during quieter moments!) She is presently working on illustrations for a children's book based on The Mermaid of Gairloch. The marine world of Gairloch Bay  keeps her going with loads of ideas for handmade cards and postcards, check out her new designs in the Booking Office.

Photographing birds in flight is her latest interest, she'll admit she has along way to go for the perfect shot, any advice welcome!!

Our Home ~ Stone Ewe Croft

We moved to the Highlands in 1998 from Lancashire, during the first few years we operated Ventura Sailing, running R.Y.A Yachting and Powerboat courses, from those early days 'Sealife' was developed, read 'sealifes' story for further intriguing facts!

We are lucky enough to live on a croft overlooking Loch Ewe and the Great Wilderness. The croft is home to rare breed native sheep, Soay and Hebridean. After a days work during the season, we try to spend time working and training our ponies. The ponies are native to the Highlands and Islands, ( Highland and Shetland)

They are ridden Western and trained using Natural Horsemanship techniques.

Stone Ewe Croft also offers a superb self catering cottage, we take a great deal of pride in providing a great welcome to our little bit of heaven.