About Us

Gael Force Group - Building Stronger


Commercial fisherman standing on a moving boat, holding a green creel surrounded by a pile of creels. Image taken from the portside deck of a sail boat overlooking the bow of the boat with the sail and sea in view

Who we are...

Gael Force Group is an established supply partner of robust and reliable equipment, technology, and services for the farming and catching of healthy, nutritious seafood. Our competence and experience in aquaculture and commercial fishing environments mean we have been well-positioned to extend our range to commercial and leisure marine sectors.

The engine of our business has always been fuelled by the desire to design, manufacture, and supply equipment, technology, and services suited to our customers' individual needs and challenges.

For 40 years, our drive to partner with our customers, whether it be the established fish farmer or the hard-working local fishing community, has enabled us to build lasting, trusted customer relationships.

Our approach to work is consistent with integrity at its very core. In business, we value our customer relationships and strive to deliver service and supply beyond expectation.

Across our group of companies, multiple locations, and a highly skilled workforce of over 170 people, our proud heritage and strong values are embedded. We are steadfastly focused on our core values providing us with a framework for all our actions.

Through close working relationships with our customers, we are knowledgeable about the industries we are part of and are aware of current issues and future challenges.

Because of this, we embrace the opportunity with a high degree of professionalism, technical capability, and capacity to continuously improve our products and services to meet changing customer requirements where technologically intelligent solutions are required to tackle industry barriers to sustainable growth.

With a comprehensive online webshop, two brick-and-mortar stores, a dedicated telesales desk, and a knowledgeable team, we can supply many of the boat parts and sailing equipment required to keep you moving in the right direction.

Our Timeline


Where it all began... 1983

18-year-old, Stewart Graham founded ‘Island Fabrications’ and set up as a one-man creel manufacturing and steel fabrication business based in 500 square foot unit in Stornoway in the Hebrides in Scotland.

Only a handful of months after starting up the business, Stewart Graham won the Shell Livewire Award! From more than 300 original entries, the judges selected his creel business as the most promising young business enterprise.

Creel manufacturing factory established... 1987

“I want to go ahead, expand and create more employment on the islands.”

Only four years after the business started, our factory in Stornoway opened its doors becoming one of the major employers on the Isle of Lewis with 30 employees. A new 6,500 sq ft. factory was established with a sole focus solely on the production of creels for the UK and export markets.

Company rebrands to Gael Force and relocates to Inverness...1990

In late 1990, following the company's first acquisition, Island Fabrications rebranded to Gael Force Marine Equipment.

The re-brand tied in with the decision to expand distribution, warehousing, and sales to the Longman Industrial Estate in Inverness, while Stornoway's capacity for creel production increased to almost 2,000 creels per month.

It also allowed us to set up our 'mobile shop', driving marine equipment around Scotland's harbours by van, directly to our customers.

Flagship Marine Equipment Megastore and Head Office opened in Inverness... 2001

With the company growing at pace, we were ready to expand even further with the creation of a new marine equipment/chandlery ‘one-stop-shop’. At the six-acre site in Inverness’ Anderson Street, our Marine Megastore opened in August 2001.  7,500 sqft of shop space dedicated to leisure boating, commercial fishing, aquaculture, and commercial marine equipment.

Celebrated sailor Dame Ellen MacArthur joined Stewart and employees to officially open the Megastore.  At the time, Ellen said: “ As a company which has followed a vision and succeeded by taking on ever greater challenges, I feel an affinity with Gael Force and am proud to be associated with them”.

Marine Equipment division opens up in Plymouth... 2011

Thanks to a buoyant commercial fishing market and strong customer base on the South West coast, our Marine Equipment division opened up new premises close to the heart of the action in Plymouth.

Headed up by Stuart Cameron, the small commercial unit has been a mainstay of the Fish Quay at Sutton Harbour for 13 years now.

Gael Force Turns 40!... 2023

Stewart Graham and all of us at Gael Force celebrate 40 years of the company working with our customers!