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.

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

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.

Julia Mackintosh CPD
Based in : City of Inverness
Languages spoken : ENGLISH, French, German

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.

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.

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

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

Iain Tait CPD – Committee Member (Webmaster)
Based in : City of Inverness
Languages spoken : ENGLISH, French, Italian

Day / extended coach / Extended Driver Guiding

Specialities:  Archaeology, Pre-History, Highlands, Natural History, Landscape, Photography

After many years in France and Italy, on the Riviera and Ski Resorts in both countries, I returned to the Highlands that I love. My carriers have ranged from Landscape Gardening, Photography to Villa Management on the French Riviera. I have always had a passion for Nature and Photography and I wish to share these passions and my language skills with visitors for Highland Tours.

Excursions d’une journée/longues excursions en autocar/Chauffeur-guide pour la journée ou longues excursions

Spécialités: Archéologie, Préhistoire, Highlands, Histoire naturelle, Paysage, Photographie

Après plus de cinq ans passés en France, sur la Côte d’Azur et L’arrière pays dans les stations de ski, je suis retourné au Highlands de l’Écosse que j’aime.
Mes carrières ont varié entre Jardinage paysagiste, Photographie et Régisseur de villa sur la Côte d’Azur.
J’ai toujours eu une passion pour la nature et la photographie et je souhaite partager ces passions et mes compétences linguistiques avec les visiteurs pour les excursions autour les Highland.

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

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!

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.

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.

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

½ day / 1 day / year-round

Speciality: general knowledge of Scotland and the Highlands in particular

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.

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