On board

We are proud to present our entertainment team and speakers, who form part of the unique appeal of our cruises.
Join us to experience life on board a National Trust for Scotland cruise.

Entertainment

These performers are some of Scotland’s most popular and highly acclaimed entertainers. There will be a mix of variety shows, solo concerts, ceilidhs and Scottish dancing – we are sure that there is something that everyone will enjoy.

Jamie MacDougall

Jamie MacDougall

Jamie has established himself as one of the country’s most versatile singers and performers. He is a regular presenter with BBC Scotland on both radio and television, and in concert has worked with some of the world’s top baroque, chamber and symphony orchestras.

Siobhan Miller

Siobhan Miller

Siobhan is one of the foremost singers in Scotland. Her range includes Scottish traditional, contemporary and self-penned material. In 2011 and 2013 she was voted ‘Scots Singer of the Year’ in the Scots Trad Music Awards.

Debra Stuart

Debra Stuart

Debra studied at the RSAMD, the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the National Opera Studio. Her career has seen her appearing in operas, oratorios and recitals. She is a regular guest artist with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Scottish Fiddle Orchestra, and is a member of the vocal trio Celtic Divas.

Steven Carcary

Steven Carcary

Steven is a leading accordionist and Scottish dance band leader. His wide-ranging style of playing, from Scottish reels to jazz, is a true inspiration to both listeners and dancers alike.

Michael Barnett​

Michael Barnett​

Michael is a double graduate in music from the University of Glasgow. He was Musical Director for Caledon and has toured the world with them. Michael is an experienced concert performer and plays piano and keyboard regularly for Scottish Ballet and other dance companies as well as with orchestras.

Bryan Gear

Bryan Gear

Bryan is one of Shetland’s foremost fiddlers. He was taught by the great Shetland fiddler Willie Hunter and at the age of 13 won the Shetland young fiddler of the year.

Sirocco Winds

Sirocco Winds

Trio Sirocco Winds are a dynamic and professional wind ensemble of flute, clarinet and bassoon, all Masters graduates of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Billy Hepburn

Billy Hepburn

Billy has played the bagpipes since the age of 8 and won the Scottish Championship at 15. He is Pipe Major of the Turriff and District Pipe Band.

Speakers

To ensure you get the very best from your time on board, some of the nation’s leading authorities on wildlife, archaeology, horticulture and Celtic connections will give a series of enlightening and engaging talks. A team of countryside rangers will also accompany the cruise to share their passion and knowledge of the native wildlife.

Derek Alexander

Derek Alexander

Derek studied prehistoric archaeology at the University of Edinburgh, specialising in the later prehistory of temperate Europe. He joined the National Trust for Scotland in 2000 as the West Region Archaeologist and was appointed as Head of Archaeological Services for the Trust in 2011. He has recently carried out research and excavations at Crarae Garden by Loch Fyne and has undertaken extensive research work on the island of Canna.

Billy Kay

Billy Kay

Writer and broadcaster Billy Kay is a passionate advocate of the Scots language and author of the classic work Scots: The Mither Tongue. Billy has presented several radio and television series, including Haud Yer Tongue for Channel 4 Schools. In 2010 he became Honorary President of the Scots Language Society and in 2016 was inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame for his services to Scots.

David R Mitchell

David R Mitchell

David spent 30 years at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, mostly as a curator. He has worked closely with many organisations including the National Trust for Scotland, the Glasgow Garden Festival and the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland. A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture and the Royal Geographical Society, he is a respected lecturer and tour leader.

Duncan Stevenson

Duncan Stevenson

Duncan is a countryside management consultant in South Lanarkshire. He worked for the National Trust for Scotland for 28 years, first as a Volunteer then as a Ranger and Senior Ranger. This led to Countryside Management positions with responsibility for projects throughout Scotland. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience of Scottish and other North Atlantic landscapes, with a particular interest in ornithology.


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