Tour Guides Directory

German-speaking Guides

Here we give a list of our guides who speak GERMAN.

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

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

Hier ist eine Liste von allen Reiseleitern, die deutsch können

  • Möchten Sie eine E-Mail an einen individuellen Reiseleiter schicken, klicken Sie bitte auf die entsprechende E-Mail-Adresse rechts unten.
  • Möchten Sie alle deutschsprachigen Reiseleiter gleichzeitig erreichen, bitte ‘Send enquiry’ oben anklicken.
John Mackay CPD
Based in : Invergordon, Ross & Cromarty
Languages spoken : ENGLISH, French, German

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!

Johanna Schuster CPD
Based in : Foyers, Inverness-shire
Languages spoken : GERMAN, English

½ day / 1 day / extended / year-round

Originally from Offenbach/Germany, I moved to Scotland in 1994, trained with the Scottish Tour Guide Association, and have been guiding since 1995. While in the past my work predominantly comprised extended tours I now mainly guide day tours in the Highlands as well as the occasional 2-3 day tour. I am experienced in a wide variety of tours (general interest/study/agricultural etc.) and it is important to me to tailor my guiding to the groups’ particular needs. I especially enjoy sharing with my groups what it is like to live in this wonderful country.

Helen Fairhurst-Barlocher CPD
Based in : Culloden Moor, Inverness
Languages spoken : GERMAN, English

1/2 day/ full day / year round

I was born in Zürich in Switzerland and worked there for a few years as a primary school teacher. In 1978 I moved to the Scottish Highlands and have worked as a tour guide since 1983. I like to let my guests have an insight of life in Scotland past and present and answer all their questions be they in German, Swiss German or English.

Konstanze Tack CPD – Committee Member
Based in : Inverness
Languages spoken : GERMAN, English

Half day / full day / extended / year-round
Speciality: Cultural & Garden tours throughout Scotland, mainland and islands, can be bilingual.

German-born – Scottish by Design since 1991.
Enthusiastic, entertaining and knowledgeable guide bringing Scotland to Life – with history, modern life and stories. Also a trained garden designer,  keen photographer’s eye reveals the beauty of Scotland.

Ursprünglich aus Deutschland brachte die Liebe zum Land sie 1991 nach Schottland. Enthusiastisch, unterhaltsam mit vielseitigen Kenntnissen. Lebendiges Schottland: Geschichte und heutiges mit Legenden, Anekdoten und wissenswertem zu Schottland. Gartenreisen eine weitere Spezialität, da Konstanze eine Zusatzausbildung in Gartendesign hat. Mehrtägige, auch zweisprachige Reisen durch ganz Schottland, inklusive Inseln – das Auge der begeisterten Fotografin erschliesst die Schönheit des Landes.
Tony Cowan Martin CPD
Based in : Grantown on Spey, Moray
Languages spoken : ENGLISH, German

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.

Susanne Schweizer CPD
Based in : Edinburgh
Languages spoken : GERMAN, English, French, Italian

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.

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.

James Dunbar CPD
Based in : Boat of Garten, Inverness-shire
Languages spoken : ENGLISH, German

½ day / 1 day / extended / year-round

Specialities: Land Management, Farming, Forestry, Community Matters, IT

I started guiding in the mid 1980s and since then have largely dealt with German-speaking groups from Germany, Austria and Switzerland with the occasional English group. Back then these were mainly 7-day+ coach tours covering much of the UK but particularly Scotland (or Ireland) supplemented by occasional small driver guiding or larger incentive groups. Nowadays coach tours are shorter and concentrate more on Scotland and shore excursions from cruise ships calling at Scottish ports provide me with increasing business.
Whilst a guide is a jack of all trades my personal interests are Land Management/Farming/Forestry, Community Matters and IT.

I am a qualified Scottish Tour Guide Association Regional Affiliate.

Rosemary Dempster CPD
Based in : Tomatin, Inverness-shire
Languages spoken : ENGLISH, German

Half-day/ whole day / year-round

Born in Oban and brought up on the Isle of Skye, I graduated from Aberdeen University in 1990 with a degree in German Studies and subsequently lived and worked in Germany for a few years before returning to the Highlands where I now live in the Monadhliath Mountains with my family. I offer day tours and like to share with my guests some of the history of our country as well as information on life in Scotland today.

Sandy Mitchell CPD
Based in : Avoch, Ross & Cromarty
Languages spoken : ENGLISH, German, French, Dutch

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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