Our People

We are very proud of our people at Caledonian Discovery Ltd and over the years we have attracted a great team of individuals that have contributed heavily to our ongoing success.

Five of a crew will look after you during your stay. An experienced skipper will be at the helm. The mate is an instructor qualified in a variety of outdoor activities. The cook is in charge of the galley and all things domestic helped by an assistant and they are all helped by the bosun who makes up the usual complement of crew.

On occasion there will be a themed week where there will be a music leader or wildlife leader as part of the crew.


Martin Balcombe

Company Director & Skipper

Martin lives locally with his wife and 2 children. He is a highly qualified and experienced skipper and outdoor instructor with qualifications from the Royal Yachting Association, Scottish Canoe Association, Scottish Mountain Leader Training Board and the Royal Life Saving Society.

Neil MacLeod

Marketing Administrator

Neil joined the company in January 2016 and has the task of promoting and also develop any ideas for Caledonian Discovery. Neil has over 30 years of experience working in tourism and has been involved recently in helping small organisations with bespoke marketing ideas. He is also keen to see guest photos or hear guest’s stories for use in marketing material so please feel free to send them in.


Anne Marie MacDonald

Bookings Administrator

Anne Marie will generally be the first point of contact when you call or email the office.  She is extremely friendly and ready to help you through the booking process.


Lynda MacPhee

Office Manager

Lynda is the Office Manager for Corpach Boat Building Company and as part of her job she deals with Caledonian Discovery’s finances.  She may also answer your call when you phone to enquire.


Dave Roberts

Freelance Skipper

Dave, better known as Swampy, taking the helm for certain weeks over the course of the season.  Dave started with Caledonian Discovery in 2000 and progressed to skippering the barge in 2005.  In the winter Dave is a ski patroller at the local ski resort.