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 has the very enjoyable task of promoting Caledonian Discovery. Before joining the company he ran his own business advising small organisations the most effective way to develop their marketing ideas. He is now focused on making Caledonian Discovery a popular holiday destination.



Anne Marie MacDonald

Bookings Manager

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.



Armani MacLean

Financial & Bookings Administrator

Armani is our person who manages all the accounts. She also helps with the bookings and will probably be one of the first people you will talk to if you have an inquiry or wish to make a booking.




SwampyDave Roberts

Freelance Skipper

Dave, better known as Swampy, takes 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.



Adam Evans

Skipper /Operations Manager

Brought up in Henley, Adam has spent most of his life on boats. His work with Caledonian Discovery started in 2013, gaining his Boatmaster Certificate in 2016. When the 2018 season finished Adam joined us full time as the Operations Manager. His role is to assist in the day to day running of the holidays and maintenance of the barges.





Olivia is a teacher and a freelance chef based in London.  She first worked with Caledonian Discovery in 2010 and she loves returning to cover holidays or breaks when required. It is her passion for food and the convivial atmosphere on the cruises which keeps her coming back.


Lucy Greenfield


Originally from Kendal, Lucy has worked across Europe and various places in the UK, from the Isles of Scilly to Old Trafford. In her last few jobs she has created meals for similar numbers to the guests and crew on our barge so returning for a second season she finds life in the galley a piece of cake – she also enjoys baking.


Lucy Mcghee 


From Greenock, Lucy joined us in 2012 with a love of anything to do with engines.  From a very early age she has been passionate about historic vessels, particularly “Paddle Steamers”. This enthusiasm has allowed her to contribute regularly on articles in Paddle Steamer magazines.


Steve Sim

Bosun /Guide

From Aberdeen-shire, he loves the outdoors. His first time on board Fingal was in 2005 but the lure of other work, in particular photography, took him away from the Highlands. Now on his 5th full season he says his greatest learning experience was his time in the cubs and scouts, where he discovered there is a correct knot for each job.


Chris Absolom

Mate / Guide

Originally from Guildford, Chris has worked in Wales, the Lakes, France, Spain and now Scotland, as an outdoor instructor. With a plethora of outdoor qualifications his true love is for all sports which include a paddle!