Tour Guides Directory

Driving Extended Tours

Here we list Guides who are available for Extended Driving Tours

Graham Hercus
Based in : Inverness
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

HOSTGA

half day / full day /year round
Wendy Newton CPD
Based in : Caithness
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

STGA

1/2 day, 1 day, extended, year round
Driver guide with own 7 Seat Vehicle, 4×4 and hire as required.

STGA Green Badge Guide for the Highlands, specialising in the North and East coast areas.
My family has been working the land in Scotland for generations, historically as sheep and cattle farmers, but the new generations have turned to golf for careers. I travelled the world as an engineer, but when a posting brought me back to the Highlands we couldn’t leave and we made our family home in Caithness.
I have a great interest in archaeology and have a Master’s Degree in Classics so can interpret many of the features of our landscape for you. I spend my time collecting stories of highland life, both historical and modern and I will enjoy sharing these with you.
My decades of experience as a cruise ship passenger taking excursions has given me a great insight into making the most of a day ashore so let me help you get the most out of shore-time. For those with a little more time, I can show you the ‘must-sees’ as well as those interesting little places that only a small vehicle or 4×4 can get you to. I will always tailor-make the tour for you.

Jonathan Willet
Based in : Maryburgh, Ross & Cromarty
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

STGA

½ day / 1 day / extended; driver-guiding
Specialities: Wildlife and Walking

I am Lowlander by birth but a Highlander by inclination. I started my guiding career in 1995 with two years at Aigas Field Centre, just outside Inverness. I continued guiding groups in my various jobs after that. I moved back to the Highlands in 2005 and in March 2006 I started Red Kite Tours.
My main interest is wildlife guiding, but soon after I started guiding I realised no wildlife in Scotland lives beyond the influence of people. So I needed to understand the history, folklore, geology and place names of the Highlands to successfully interpret the exceptional landscape and wildlife found here to my guests.

Skye McDonald
Based in : City of Inverness
Languages spoken : ENGLISH, German, French

HOSTGA

Day and extended; driver guiding, wildlife, walking
Specialities: Mountain and walking guide with MLTB Certificate, PCV licence holder

Brought up in Scone, Scotland’s ancient capital, I now work out of its Highland Capital, Inverness, in summer. In winter I fly south with the ospreys and tour guide in Africa.
As a qualified mountain leader I specialise in guiding in the mountains, glens and along the coastline of the north west of Scotland. Walks vary from strenuous to gentle strolls; it is important to enjoy the countryside at your own pace.

I also driver/guide. With experience in adult education (albeit as a ceramicist!) I love to share the history, geography, fables and anecdotes of our rich heritage with our guests in Scotland.

Steve Cairns
Based in : Inverness
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

Half Day, Full day, Year round Driver-guide (7 seater Mercedes)

Robyn Jobson CPD
Based in : Caithness, Northern Highlands
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

STGA

Private Bespoke & Coach Tours – Half day, Full day, Extended, Year round, Step on guiding, Driver guiding (vehicle hired according to client requirements) .
Specialties: Archaeology/PreHistory, Distilleries/Whisky, Folklore, Clans / Castles, History, Outlander, Genealogy.Families with Children

I have lived in and loved the Scottish highlands forever! A second generation Australian, born into a long line of Scots who maintained the strong traditions and culture of Scotland. My love affair with the ancestral homeland led us to join the returning diaspora, in 2003. Having tour guided in Australia, England and Europe I gained my Scottish Tour Guide accreditation and thoroughly enjoy sharing the history and beauty of our dramatic Highlands. As a local, I offer excellent local knowledge which will enhance your experience here.

I provide shore excursions from cruise ships (Scrabster and Invergordon), step-on coach tours for companies, driver/ guiding for small groups and individuals and city walking tours (starting points are Thurso, Wick, Dornoch, Inverness or as agreed). The Highlands are a unique destination, blending the energy of our thriving capital city Inverness with the great outdoors on the doorstep. The north is a superb area of heritage and culture, not to mention mysts, myths and legends that abound. Have you heard about the Selkies?

My most popular special interest tours are: North Coast 500; Inverness and Loch Ness; Clan Genealogy; Clans, Cairns and Castles; WW2 in Caithness; Footsteps of the Queen Mother in Caithness; The Caithness Experience; Highland Whisky Trail; Pictish Trail; and Highland Outlander.

Standard tours or tours tailored to your specific interests, will enthrall you with our amazing mountains, lochs and glens, dramatic coastlines and wildlife and clan and Viking links to our turbulent Scottish history. I look forward to welcoming you to our dramatic Highlands, and to turning your touring dreams into a reality!

Brigitte Geddes CPD
Based in : Ardgay, Sutherland
Languages spoken : GERMAN, English

HOSTGA

Day Coach, Driver Guiding, Extended Driver Guiding in partnership with Frank van Duivenbode (listed under English-speaking guides)
Specialities:Outlander Trail; Highland Lore and Legend; Environment and Heritage; Pictish Trail.

Spezialgebiete:faszinierende Gärten, Schlösser und atemberaubende Landschaften; das wildromantische Schottland; vorgeschichtliche Piktensteine;Outlander-Schauplätze, Clan Touren, Castle Touren

Autor: Photobuch ‘Garden and Wild Flora’ (2016); ‘Fortingall Yew – Memories of an Oldtimer’ (2017) … über die älteste Eibe Europas

Rheinländerin, seit 1973 in den schottischen Highlands tief verwurzelt. Jahrzehntelang als Konferenzdolmetscherin/technische Übersetzerin gearbeitet. Mit meinem verstorbenen Mann habe ich lange auf schottischen Jagdsportgütern gelebt und bin daher ausgiebig vertraut mit dem heutigen Landleben und wie die Menschen früher hier gelebt haben. Meinjahrelanges, breitgefächertesStudium (BA Honours, BSc Honours, MSc) hat mir tiefgreifende Kenntnisse von Fauna und Flora, Geschichte, Vorgeschichte und des modernen Lebens vermittelt. Unerschütterliche Begeisterung für unsere zauberhafte und vielerorts dramatische Landschaft. Privattouren zu den beeindruckenden Piktensteinen des 6.-9. Jhdts, Leuchttürmen im Norden des schottischen Festlands sowie Touren auf Skye- in Partnerschaft mit Frank van Duivenbode. Meine Lieblingstour: Schlossgärten, alte Waldbestände und andere botanische Kostbarkeiten. Sollten Sie schottische Vorfahren haben, fahren wir Sie gern dorthin, wo sie gelebt haben. Auf Wunsch setzen wir Sie auch gern mit Genealogen in Verbindung. Falls Sie in den schottischen Highlands den Bund fürs Leben schließen möchten, führen wir Sie gern auf eine Erkundungsreise.

Raised in Germany, I have been very much at home in Scotland since my marriage in 1973. Spent more than two decades living on remote sporting estates with my (late) Highland (stalker/gamekeeper) husband and family in Argyll, the Borders and Caithness, working in broadcasting, marketing and as conference interpreter and technical translator. In latter years, living in beautiful Sutherland, I much enjoyed studying Scotland’s history, archaeology, flora and fauna in three degree courses. My heart is firmly committed to the Highlands, and I enjoy sharing some of its secrets with passengers from all over the world. My tours are peppered with topical snippets of information and grounded in thorough research. In partnership with Frank van Duivenbode, I can offer you tours of castle and botanic gardens, ancient woodlands, coastal lighthouses as well as tours of the legendary island of Skye.
Provided you do the preparatory genealogical research, we can take you on a custom-made trail of your clan or your ancestors. If you want to get married in the Scottish Highlands, we’re happy to explore some options with you.

Author: Photobook of Garden and Wild Flora (2016); Fortingall Yew – Memories of an Oldtimer (2017)
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Stephen Cribb
Based in : City of Inverness
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

STGA

½ day / 1 day / extended / year-round; driver-guiding
Specialities: Landscape, History, Whisky, Geneaology, Golf

I have shared the delights of Scottish life and landscape with visitors to the country for over thirty years. As a professional geologist I began my guiding activities in the 1970’s when I led field trips and study tours to some of the most wild and beautiful places in the Highlands and Islands.
Over the next twenty years my knowledge and understanding of the history and culture of all things Scottish has made me much in demand for summer schools and lectures by some of Scotland’s Universities, both ancient and modern. Subjects ranging from whisky and water to Scottish Country Houses, Golf and Genealogy have entranced and entertained locals and visitors alike. I am a Blue Badge member of the Scottish Tourist Guides Association, the only professional geologist to be fully qualified to guide throughout Scotland. I am also a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.

Iain A. R. Tait CPD
Based in : City of Inverness
Languages spoken : ENGLISH, French

HOSTGA

Day Tours / Extended Coach Tours / Driver Guiding (Vehicle rented as required)
Interests:  Archaeology, Pre-History, Natural History, Landscape, Photography

After many years in France, on the Riviera and at Ski Resorts in both France and Italy, I returned to the Highlands
where I trained with Hostga to become a tour guide in order to use my knowledge of the French language.
My careers include Landscape Gardening, Photography and Villa Management on the French Riviera.
I wish to share my passion for Nature and Photography with visitors for Highland Tours.

Excursions d’une journée/longues excursions en autocar/Chauffeur-guide (Véhicule loué au besoin)
Intérêts Particuliers: Archéologie, Préhistoire, Highlands, Flore et Faune, Paysage, Photographie

Après 35 ans en France, sur la Côte d’Azur ou j’ai fait du Jardinage, de la Photographie et Régisseur de villa, je suis retourné en Écosse pour devenir guide touristique afin d’utiliser mes connaissance en langue Française.
Je souhaite partager mes passion pour la nature et la photographie avec les visiteurs Francophone pour les excursions autour les Highlands et les Îles, soit en autocars, soit en voiture.

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