Tour Guides Directory

French-speaking Guides

Here we give list of 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 : ENGLISH, French, British Sign Language level 2

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

½ day / 1 day / extended / year-round / driver-guiding
STGA Blue Badge Guide. 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.

Mercer, Sandra CPD
Based in : Nairn, Highland
Languages spoken : ENGLISH, German, French, Italian

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.

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

STGA Regional Green Badge for the Northern Highlands,

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.

Rhona Moir CPD – Committee Member (Chairman)
Based in : City of Inverness
Languages spoken : ENGLISH, French, German

Day and half-day tours.

Born and raised in southern Scotland, I have lived in the Highlands for more than 30 years, where I have worked for both the National Trust for Scotland (at Culloden Battlefield) and for the Highland Council, building my local knowledge and developing a keen interest in all things Highland, old and new. I have long enjoyed sharing my love of this beautiful area with visitors from different parts of the world.

Donald Fisher CPD – Committee Member
Based in : Scourie, north-west Sutherland
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

½ day / 1 day / year-round

Specialities: Hiking, nature & the environment, Scottish history.

I’m Scottish and have had the privilege to live in the Highlands of Scotland since 1972. I love everything about here – the fascinating and turbulent history, the varied wildlife and nature, the cultural heritage, the amazing views and landscape and, of course, the wonderful people. As a Chartered Geologist and the former Geologist for the Highlands, I am especially well placed to tell you a wee bit about our rocks and the dramatic landscapes and their origins. I’m very much a “people person” and I look forward to welcoming you and introducing you to our wonderful Highlands, our history and culture, and to showing you the natural wonders of our amazing and unspoilt environment.

Trude Owen CPD
Based in : near Tain, Ross & Cromarty
Languages spoken : ENGLISH, German, French

Full and half-day tours, year round.

I am fortunate to be able to call the Highlands of Scotland my home. I take pride in helping guests from near and far get the most out of their time in the North of Scotland. Sometimes the small details make just as memorable an impression as the more well-known sights. Running a successful holiday accommodation business gives me the opportunity to meet and talk to visitors from many countries and to give them an insight into life and culture in the Highlands. As a French and German speaker this is always a pleasure and I guide mostly in German although English is my first language.

Food for me is one of the great joys of life and, when I can, I love to share my enthusiasm for cooking, local produce and wild food.

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

Day Coach, Extended Coach, Driver Guiding

The Highlands have been my home for nearly twenty years following many years working and travelling in foreign parts. Trained as an accountant I now have the pleasure of teaching English and French and 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 Scotland.
Interests: History, Economics, Politics, Languages, Walking and Wildlife

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

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.

Mo Maclennan CPD
Based in : Kirkhill, Inverness-shire
Languages spoken : ENGLISH, French, Spanish

½ day / 1 day / extended / late June to late August

 

 

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