Welcome to HOSTGA
The Highlands of Scotland Tour Guide Association provides a specialist service for coach tour operators; conference delegates; incentive groups; cruise ship operators & agents; and of course to individuals & families coming to the Highlands. We are nearly all based in the Highlands – the few who aren’t have lived long periods here – and some of us also have specialist knowledge of the Islands including Lewis, Orkney and Skye.
HOSTGA members have undertaken training in all aspects of guiding. We keep our skills and knowledge sharpened with a programme of lectures and training outings in the off-season months; so we have the latest views on local culture, history, geology and architecture, as well as being up-to-date with things for visitors to see and do both within the Highlands and beyond. The letters CPD – continuing professional development – after a guide’s name indicate (s)he is a guide of at least one year’s standing with HOSTGA and submits annually a list of cultural and practical activities relevant to their work as a guide.
HOSTGA guides are here to help you – to use their knowledge and experience of Scotland and particularly the Highlands to make your time here a success by giving you that all important “feel” for this, our country.
All guides in this website carry public liability insurance, most of them through HOSTGA’s own policy. A small number of our guides who are also members of the STGA have insurance through that body.
*Welcome to HOSTGA’s enhanced website, launched on the winter solstice – is that propitious/auspicious? We know there are some typographic and other irregularities, we hope to have all these – or nearly all! – tidied up ere too long.*
Last update: 13 January 2017
Geographically, the Highlands of Scotland comprises all of the mainland of Scotland north of a geological feature known as the Highland Boundary Fault – see map.
The Highlands – together with their offshore islands – hold the most dramatic mountain and coastal scenery in the British Isles and are the most visited tourist area of Scotland, after Edinburgh.
Photographs used on this website courtesy of George Munro