The Gaelic Rose is owned by Bob Jones. She is a wooden fishing vessel converted for diving charters and cruising around the West Coat of Scotland. The boat is 60 ft long, accommodates 12 persons comfortably and is capable of speeds up to 8 knots.
She was originally built at the MacDuff Boatyard in Inverness-shire in 1960 and spent her early life seine netting off the East Coast of Scotland.
Bob hails from the South Coast of England and came to the Highlands as a qualified engineer, who then took up commercial diving. He has owned and run MV Gaelic Rose as a dive charter, liveaboard boat for over 30 years. He is fully qualified to Skipper boats 60 miles off shore and the Gaelic Rose complies with all the rigorous requirements of the Marine Standards Agency (MSA). Bob and his family live in the small village of Lochaline. The Gaelic Rose works out of Oban, the gate way to the Scottish West Coast and the Isles.
The Gaelic Rose is available for day, weekend and week long charters. On day and weekend trips once on board you have easy access to the clear waters of the Sound of Mull with its numerous wrecks and fantastic scenic and cliff dives. On longer trips Coll, Tiree, Jura, Islay the Small Isles- Rhum, Eigg and Muck, Canna, Skye and the Outer Hebredies are all within reach, with the possibility of different tie ups and anchorages every night. Not only is the Gaelic Rose ideal as your floating base from which to dive but she is also available for wildlife charters, canoe and climbing expeditions. The waters in which we are lucky enough to work are some of the most scenic in the world, with an abundance of wildlife.
The Gaelic Rose has taken divers to Norway, Denmark, Ireland and all over the West Coast of Scotland including St.Kilda.