Tour Guides Directory

French-speaking Guides



Here we list our guides who speak FRENCH.

  • To e-mail a single guide, click on their e-mail address in their listing, below; or
  • To e-mail your request to all Francophone guides simultaneously, please use the form below.

An entry in bold capitals (FRENCH) indicates this is the guide’s mother tongue;  An entry in bold lower case, thus: French – indicates the guide is fluent/proficient in the language; an entry, thus: French – indicates the guide has a lower standard of proficiency.

Voici une liste des Guides qui parlent FRANÇAIS.

  • Pour contacter un guide unique au courrier électronique, cliquer sur leur adresse e-mail ci-dessous.
  • Pour envoyer votre demande par au courrier électronique à tous les guides parlant Français simultanément,
    veuillez utiliser le formulaire ci-dessous.

Une inscription en majuscules gras: (FRANÇAIS) – indique que c’est la langue maternelle du guide ;
minuscules gras, donc : Français – indique le guide est couramment/compétent ;
et une entrée en minuscules, donc : Français – indique le guide a une norme moins stricte de la compétence.

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.

Elspeth McLean CPD
Based in : Edinburgh
Languages spoken : ENGLISH, French, British Sign Language level 2

HOSTGA

Day and half-day tours, year-round.

I was born and have lived most of my life in the Highlands, although raised and educated in other areas of Scotland too, from the Orkney Isles to Edinburgh where I am now based. My family roots tap into Scotland’s rich traditional heritage. The whisky stills you see in many of the famous Scottish distilleries were once made by my grandfather whose company name still appears on them all. My love of the outdoors and playing golf came from my Highland golf professional grandfather in Dornoch. I grew up in a family of bagpipe players and enjoy music, learning fiddle and clarsach (Scottish harp).

I’ve many years experience as a tour designer, creating and organising personal special interest tours of Scotland, Ireland and France including Outlander tours.

It’s a real pleasure meeting people and a delight to share my enthusiasm and knowledge of Scotland’s history, culture, legends, secrets and natural beauty with visitors.

Rhona Bean CPD
Based in : Inverness
Languages spoken : ENGLISH, French

HOSTGA

½ day / 1 day / extended / year-round / driver-guiding
Speciality: Scottish History and Culture

Born in Inverness and educated in England, I have spent more than half my life in the N.E. of Scotland. I have always worked with people and love showing visitors the beauties of Scotland and giving them an insight into our history and culture. Whilst training to be a guide, I worked on the open top buses taking people to Culloden, Cawdor Castle and Fort George and in a local winery which makes wines from the products of the countryside. I am a keen hill-walker and have travelled extensively in many countries thereby learning about other cultures.
At university, I studied French and Spanish and am qualified to guide in French. Having trained as a Blue Badge guide, I am happy to guide anywhere in Scotland and particularly enjoy extended tours but also city walking tours and driver-guiding.

Iain A. R. Tait CPD – Committee Member (Webmaster)
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 Ski Resorts in both countries, 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.
Julia Mackintosh
Based in : City of Inverness
Languages spoken : ENGLISH, French, German

HOSTGA

½ day / 1 day / weekends all year + school holidays
Specialities: Highland and Scottish history & culture

I was born and brought up in the Highlands. I graduated with an honours degree in French and German from the University of Glasgow. During this time, I spent a year teaching English as a Foreign Language Assistant in Paris and a term at the University of Bamberg in Bavaria. Since 1995, I have been Principal Teacher of Languages in the Department of a large secondary school in the Highlands.

Dagmar Gross
Based in : Forres
Languages spoken : GERMAN, English, Spanish. French

STGA

½ day / 1 day / Extended coach  All year round

I live in Forres, Moray, and have lived in this area for about six years now, gathering much information of varying kinds over this time.

I am very interested in and knowledgeable about Scotland’s history and that of the Northern Highlands and Moray regions, including local historic figures like MacBeth and Alexander Stewart, the Wolf of Badenoch.

I am also a keen gardener and very knowledgeable about plants and their medicinal properties, learning more all the time.

My other interest lies in the native wildlife, both terrestrial and marine.

John Mackay CPD
Based in : Invergordon, Ross & Cromarty
Languages spoken : ENGLISH, French, German

HOSTGA

Day and extended tours, available all year.
Interests: Folklore and music; Scottish History

Having been born and brought up in the Highlands and Islands I have a deep and genuine interest in the history, culture and landscape of my homeland. After a lifetime spent teaching and being in administration in a large secondary school in the Highlands I look forward to sharing my country with visitors. A real Mackay, I am proud to wear my kilt!

Angela MacRae CPD
Based in : Inverness
Languages spoken : GERMAN, English, Spanish, French

HOSTGA

½ day / 1 day / extended

I was born in Germany and studied Spanish and French (translating/interpreting) at University. After spending one year at the Université de Nice in France I moved to Spain where I worked for 6 years in tourism and language teaching. The Highlands have been my home for more than 25 years now and all the time I have been involved in teaching languages especially English for Speakers of other languages. History and culture are closely related to the language and so it is a privilege to share Highland heritage with visitors from many different nations. How could one possibly resist the charm of the Highlands with the breath-taking landscapes, the mountains and glens, the rivers and lochs and the quaint little villages?
Come and experience the rich history and modern day life.
Hope to see you soon in the Highlands of Scotland!
Bis bald in den Highlands!
¡Hasta pronto!
A bientôt!

 

Pat Murray CPD – Committee Member (Secretary/CPD)
Based in : Tain, Ross & Cromarty
Languages spoken : ENGLISH, Italian, French, German

HOSTGA

½ day / 1 day / year-round
Special Interests: general knowledge of Archeology, Folklore, Gardens, Highland and British History, Castles, Clans, Tartans, Outlander Tours.

Explore with me the classic and the secret places of this beautiful and fascinating country. I’m Scottish, a teacher of theatre, English language and literature, with international experience. But home is where my heart is and my heart’s in the Highlands. Come and see why.

Esplorate con me gli itinerari classici e scoprite i luoghi segreti di questo Paese bellissimo e affascinante. Sono scozzese, insegnante di teatro, letteratura e lingua inglese, con esperienza internazionale, ma la mia casa e il mio cuore sono nelle Highlands. Venite a vedere perché.
Sandy Mitchell CPD
Based in : Avoch, Ross & Cromarty
Languages spoken : ENGLISH, German, French, Dutch

HOSTGA

½ day / 1 day / extended / year-round
Specialities: Driver guide, walking, wildlife, PCV Licence holder

I have been a tour guide for almost 30 years. For 22 of these I operated my own holiday business, offering walking, wildlife and Scottish history trips – in the Scottish Highlands and Islands, Ireland and south-west USA.
I speak German, French and some Dutch. I have a full (D) bus licence and so can offer driver-guided tours in almost any size of vehicle. I also offer group and individual hiking programmes including special topics such as bird-watching, wildflowers, local history, the Picts, Scottish literature, castles and gardens. My other interests include Scottish heritage, dialects and literature, photography and geology.

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