As a family-run business with over 30 years of experience in the industry, we take pride in the quality of specialist service that we offer and the personal attention given to each one of our clients. Our recognisable yellow vehicles all carry the Stoddart name, which reflects our commitment to provide the highest levels of service, safety and expertise possible.
Client satisfaction is paramount at every stage of the process, from initial enquiry through to the completion of the job — and we believe it is because of this personal touch that we have such long-standing, happy customers.


Over the years the company has grown from strength to strength, building on the depth of experience and the close ties with other Highland firms. Stoddart Crane Hire has supported a huge range of projects throughout Scotland and has built a reputation for reliability, technical expertise and a superior standard of professionalism at every level.

Stoddart Crane Hire is the leading local supplier of cranes in the North of Scotland. Our crane hire company based in Muir of Ord provides both CPA contract hire and CPA crane hire services throughout the Highlands, Islands and the UK nationwide.

Local Crane Hire Since 2004.

Stoddart Crane Hire began life in 2004 when David Stoddart, an experienced crane driver for many years, ventured out with his first crane, a Grove TM870. Recognising the need for a reliable crane provider with the ‘can do’ attitude, he proceeded to build a modern fleet of cranes, vehicles and specialist equipment to serve the varied industries of the Highlands, Islands and the UK nationwide.

Stoddart Crane Hire – A Family Business.

Stoddart Crane Hire now operates the most modern fleet of specialist lifting equipment in Scotland, and we are continuing to invest in plant, personnel and emerging technologies that allow us to perform at an ever-higher level. The business has grown to incorporate David’s children, Ewan and Kerri, who have helped Stoddart Crane Hire go from strength to strength over the years. Rapid expansion and modernisation of our fleet has additionally been overseen by operations manager Alan Farmer, with over £3 million being invested in our equipment and personnel over the last 2 years.

Growing Team, Expanding Fleet.

Our lifting equipment specification ranges from 5Te to 250Te, with projects being supported by a growing and highly competent team of operators, each of them skilled at negotiating the challenging terrain we are often faced with across the Highland & Islands. In addition, we operate a fleet of specialised heavy haulage, support and escort vehicles, enabling Stoddart Crane Hire to provide a seamless, comprehensive service to our clients, whatever the project.


Within Our Reach

Stoddart Crane Hire’s versatile Grove GMK5250L performing a Contract Lift service to install a 6.5 tonne soak away tank to an impressive 48m radius.

Words From Our Clients

“I feel well-placed to state that Stoddart Crane Hire are exceptional within their field, having worked with various crane hire companies during my carer but let me tell you what separates them from their competitors – they have highly skilled and dedicated personnel who harbour a wealth of knowledge and experience making it an easy choice to keep working with them at every opportunity. As a family run business, I can honestly say that Stoddart’s will go that extra mile for you every time. Stoddart’s have supported MGL in many major projects during my tenure, and I have had nothing but exceptionally positive experiences on every occasion, and will absolutely continue to use Stoddart’s going forward.”


Words From Our Clients

“We are delighted with the service that Stoddart crane hire provide, from easy booking of cranes and easily contacted if requirements need to be changed. Any additional information we require they are more than happy to help. Cranes turn up on time every time, with all necessary documentation and all drivers are very helpful.”

– Colin Findlay

Words From Our Clients

“In my experience working closely with  Stoddart Crane Hire over the last 12 years – they have been excellent. It is not just about hiring cranes with Stoddart Crane Hire – They will go the extra mile to make sure your job is completed safely & on time, a very good and competent family run company.”

– Kenny Ross

Words From Our Clients

“Thanks for all your help and we wouldn’t of got to this stage without your expertise and customer focus. A first-class service from a first-class local Highland Company.”

– Alex Smith

Words From Our Clients

“SSE Hydro Maintenance has used Stoddart Crane Hire for both routine and challenging operations over the years and has in all cases received a very professional service where their extensive experience, safety awareness and attention to detail have always ensured that the jobs have been completed efficiently and safely.”

– SSE Hydro Maintenance

Words From Our Clients

“I have used Stoddart Crane Hire for a number of complex lifting operations and have always found them to be competent in the work undertaken, flexible in their approach and undertake the work to a very high standard. A recent operation involved very complicated logistical planning, which had to change with short notice, they then worked extended hours to ensure the lift took place during the available weather window. Always friendly in their communication and during delivery and the lifting plans and risk assessments are to a high quality. Will be using them again.”

– Colin McKenzie