Tour Guides Directory

Gardens/Landscaping

Here we list Guides who have a Special Interest in Gardens and Garden Design.

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Elizabeth MacKay CPD
Based in : City of Inverness
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

HOSTGA

Day coach / Extended driver-guiding.

Welcome to our stunning country.  I am Highland bred, my love for my country knows no bounds.  I have an on-going passion to learn the mystery and history of The Highlands of Scotland.  I look forward to meeting you so we can explore The Highlands together.

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.

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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Linda Bruce
Based in : Aberlour
Languages spoken : ENGLISH, French

Half day, Full day, Multi day, Year round, Driver Guiding with own vehicle (3 passengers)

Born and raised in Speyside, the heart of Scotland’s malt whisky country, my family heritage spans whisky and the traditional fishing communities of the Moray Firth coast. I’m a whisky insider, having worked in several world-renowned Speyside distilleries, gaining in-depth knowledge of the craft and passion of whisky-making and with a few stories to tell!

Et pour les francophones qui partent à la découverte de cette belle région, je parle français.

I’m a trained and accredited Green Badge Guide with the Scottish Tourist Guides Association and hold World Host accreditation for customer service. As well as my on the ground whisky experience I’m qualified in Spirits through the international Wine and Spirit Education Trust, undertaking my studies in French. My background also includes a PhD in French, roles with City of Edinburgh tourism and a main career in the university sector. Now I’ve come home to my roots in Speyside, drawn back by this beautiful region. I love being outdoors, taking photos, delving into the past and exploring family history. A little whisky tasting doesn’t go amiss either.

But most importantly – I love where I live – it’s why I came home. Whether your interest is whisky, family history or stunning landscapes and fascinating history, it’s all here on Speyside. Nothing would give me greater pleasure than to share my Speyside with you.

Dr. Marina Gay CPD
Based in : Forres, Moray
Languages spoken : RUSSIAN, English

HOSTGA

1 day / extended / year-round.   Driver-guide with own vehicle for 6 passengers.
Specialities: Folklore & Music, Hiking, Outlander, Scottish History, Environment and Heritage, Pictish Trail, Distilleries & Whisky.

I have lived in Scotland since winter 2010 and have provided various sightseeing tours around the North of Scotland and Islands since spring 2014.

My favourites: Royal burghs and fishing villages, Medieval Castles and Gardens, Pagan traditions and artifacts, Wonders of nature: Loch Ness , Isle of Skye, Outer Hebrides: Lewis & Harris , Distilleries of Highland and Speyside.

I always inform my tourists about the unique local events: Highland Games, Whisky Festivals or Military Tattoos if they take place at the time of your visit.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/MultiMarinru

Я проживаю в Шотландии с зимы 2010 г. и провожу самые разнообразные экскурсии по Северу Шотландии и островам с весны 2014 г.

Мои любимые темы: Королевские города и рыбацкие деревни, Замки и сады, Языческие традиции и артефакты, Чудеса природы: озеро Лох-Несс, остров Скай, Внешние Гебриды: остров Льюис & Гаррис, Производство односолодового виски в Хайленде и Спейсайде.

Я всегда информирую туристов об уникальных местных событиях: Играх Горцев, Фестивалях Виски, Парадах военных оркестров и соревнованиях волынщиков, если таковые совпадают со временем проведения тура.

Tatiana Buswell
Based in : Edinburgh
Languages spoken : RUSSIAN, English

HOSTGA

Half a day, 1 day, extended, driver-guide
Specialities: Landscapes and Environment, Music and Folklore, Walking, Scottish History, Distilleries and Whisky.

I am a Russian speaking guide and worked in the tourist industry in my home country for seven years.
I have been living in Scotland for ten years now and the more I live here the more I like the country – its natural beauty, its stunning landscapes, its people and traditions, music and folklore. I understood that I wanted to share my passion with the others, which is why I became a tour guide here.
Being qualified in 2016 course for Highlands of Scotland Tour Guide Association I am now offering my guests to see and to feel the best that the Country has to offer, from remote corners of the Highlands to whisky distilleries, famous castles and palaces.

Мой опыт работы в индустрии туризма насчитывает семь лет.
В Шотландии живу около десяти лет и чем больше живу здесь, тем больше нравится мне эта уникальная и неповторимая в своей красоте страна, люди и их достижения, традиции, культура.
Желание узнать больше привело меня на курс в Ассоциацию гидов высокогорной Шотландии, который я окончила в 2016-м году, и теперь, будучи квалифицированным специалистом, с радостью делюсь накопленным опытом и знаниями с туристами в поездках по индивидуально разработанным маршрутам
Jan Keith CPD
Based in : Muir of Ord, Ross & Cromarty
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

HOSTGA

½ day / 1 day /  year-round
Specialities: Cruise Ships, Gardens

I have 10 years experience of tour guiding working at home and abroad working with all age groups, large and small.
These include all forms of guiding e.g. Welcome Services, Planning Itineraries, Escorting Groups, Scenic railway tours, golfing groups, distilleries, castles and gardens, historic sites, local wildlife, and working with cruise liner tours both on shore and on board. I also arrange entertainment packages to include traditional music, song and dance – haggis, neeps etc!

My own interests include singing, travel, cooking, the theatre, making knitted toys and walking with my 3 dogs . I’m a people person with a good sense of fun!

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.
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.

Tony Cowan Martin CPD
Based in : Grantown on Spey, Moray
Languages spoken : ENGLISH, German

HOSTGA

1 day / extended / year-round / driver-guiding

A native Scot from the south west Highlands, I now live in Morayshire. I have worked for the Scottish Health Service and travelled frequently and extensively throughout the Highlands for the past 20 years often orienting new employees to the region. I learned German over a period of 7 years as a soldier in the British army in Germany between 1965 and 1972. I am proud of our Highland heritage and culture and knowledgeable about its current social and economic situations.
I am an avid skier, a keen golfer and enjoy most outdoor activities. My interests include postage stamp collecting, historic buildings, my 5 grandchildren and classical music.

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