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 au bas de la page.

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.

Elspeth McLean CPD
Based in : Edinburgh
Languages spoken : 0

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.

Sandra Mercer CPD
Based in : Nairn, Highland
Languages spoken : 0

HOSTGA

Day and half-day, extended, year-round

I graduated with an honours degree in German and French from Aberdeen University, during which I spent an academic year at the University of Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, and went on to teach English in Lausanne, Switzerland. On my return to Scotland, I worked in the Scottish tourism industry at national and regional levels. Since moving to the Scottish Highlands in 1995, I have been tour guiding and lecturing in tourism. I specialise in German and French speaking markets, with a primary focus on cruise ships and corporate groups. Additionally, I act as local agent for ground-handlers organising shore excursions.

Susanne Schweizer CPD
Based in : Edinburgh
Languages spoken : 0

HOSTGA

½ day / 1 day / extended / year-round

Scotland is my home since 2011. I love the Highlands and Islands and their people. And sharing my passion for the mountains and seas. When I’m not guiding I am sailing and hiking. I am guiding all over Scotland. The islands my heart beats for the strongest are the Outer Hebrides. These are indeed magical islands where you will see vibrating colours and feel very much at ease as you are far away from everything. Anything from Golfing, Wildlife Watching, Hiking, Visiting art galleries or just Unwinding in Nature is possible. Talk to me for inspirations and I´d be happy to assist.

Ishbel Cameron-McAlpine CPD
Based in : City of Inverness
Languages spoken : 0

HOSTGA

½ day / 1 day / year-round

Born in the south of Scotland but brought up in the Highlands, I have been guiding since 1996. Prior to that I lived and worked in Continental Europe. So grateful to be given the opportunity to show my country to visitors and always hope that as I do, they become as “passionate” as I am about Scotland.

Julia Mackintosh
Based in : City of Inverness
Languages spoken : 0

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.

Robert Wylie CPD
Based in : Edderton, Ross & Cromarty
Languages spoken : 0

HOSTGA

Day Coach, Extended Coach The Highlands have been my home for twenty five years. Trained as an accountant I spent many years working and travelling in foreign parts. I now have the pleasure of showing my wild and beautiful country to visitors. I live in a paradise with the mountains and moorland to look over me and the birds and the animals to keep me company. Let me show you the Highlands.
Interests: History, Economics, Politics, Languages, Walking and Wildlife

Pat Murray CPD – Committee Member (Secretary/CPD)
Based in : Tain, Ross & Cromarty
Languages spoken : 0

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.
Paola Faricelli
Based in : Skye
Languages spoken : 0

STGA

½ day / 1 day / year-round
Iain A. R. Tait CPD – Committee Member (Webmaster)
Based in : City of Inverness
Languages spoken : 0

HOSTGA

Day Tours / Extended Coach Tours / Driver Guiding
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 to 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
Intérêts Particuliers: Archéologie, Préhistoire, Highlands, Flore et Faune, Paysage, Photographie

Après 35 ans en France, sur la Côte d’Azur et dans l’arrière pays, je suis retourné au nord de l’Écosse
où j’ai étudié avec HOSTGA pour devenir un guide touristique afin d’utiliser ma connaissance de la langue Française.
Mes carrières incluent Jardinage, Photographie et Régisseur de villa sur la Côte d’Azur.
Je souhaite partager ma passion pour la nature et la photographie avec les visiteurs pour les excursions autour les Highlands.

Daniel Sauder Tyler CPD – Committee Member
Based in : Nairn
Languages spoken : 0

STGA

Walking Tours / Extended Walking Tours / Half Day / Full Day / Extended Tours – coach and private, chauffeur-driven – year-round
Interests: Archaeology/Prehistory, Distilleries/Whisky, Folklore & Music, Islands, Nature, Outlander, Scottish History

Occupation, vocation, passion: art, culture and history have always intrigued me and for a long time their interpretation has been a source of personal inspiration.

I grew up in the cathedral city of Saint Gall (Switzerland), where I was already guiding visitors around my hometown at a young age. During my 20 years as a customer adviser for a Swiss bank I regularly organised cultural events and expeditions for clients, often guided by myself.

As time went by, I more and more felt the urge to turn my passion into a profession – and there had always been this deep, mysterious yearning for the Scottish Highlands. So I opted for a change of both career and scenery and moved to the Highlands – it felt like coming home. Now, I share my love, fascination and enthusiasm for the dramatic landscape and history of my adopted home with visitors from a’ the airts and pairts of our world:

Lochs, glens, remote beaches, castles, ancient places, industrial heritage, distilleries, breweries, cheesemakers, cake magicians – there is so much to explore! I take individuals, groups and corporate guests on bespoke Highland adventures that will show the interesting, fun but also quirky aspects of these lands of outstanding beauty.

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