The Highlands of Scotland Tour Guide Association
Personalised Tour Guiding Services in the Highlands of Scotland
Fully trained, free-lance general guides, driver guides, language-speaking guides and specialist guides,
all with public liability insurance.
Knowledgeable, sincere and passionate about our work, by adding the human touch,
we are here to help make your visit a success!
The Highlands of Scotland Tour Guide Association (HOSTGA) 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 the Outer Hebrides, 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 indicate that the guide has participated in our Continuing Professional Development scheme for the current year.
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.
HOSTGA guides carry public liability insurance.
All guides speak English and many also speak other languages.
HOSTGA qualified guides have HOSTGA after their names.
STGA qualified guides have STGA (Blue Badge) for all of Scotland or
STGA (Green Badge) for the Northern Highlands after their names.
The 2019 HOSTGA Guides Directory is available for Download and printing under the Info drop down Menu above.
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.