Tour Guides Directory

Inverness

Here we list Guides available for tours starting from Inverness

Inger Hallberg-Campbell
Based in : Inverness
Languages spoken : SWEDISH/ Norwegian/ Danish/ English

HOSTGA

½ day / 1 day / extended tours/ year-round

I was born and brought up in Sweden, where I studied and graduated with a B.Sc.Soc degree from Örebro University; I have lived and worked in the United Kingdom since 1980. Most of this time has been spent in the Scottish Highlands. My love of travel has resulted in me working as a tour guide and interpreter for many years.
I am delighted to share my experiences of the country, which I now call home, in an enjoyable and relaxed manner.

Jag är född och uppvuxen i Sverige där jag studerade och tog examen med en B.Sc.Soc-examen från Örebro universitet. Jag har bott och arbetat i Storbritannien sedan 1980. Det mesta av denna tid har spenderats i Skotska höglandet. Min kärlek till resor har resulterat i att jag arbetat som tour guide och tolk i många år.
Jag är glad att dela med mig av landets erfarenheter, som jag nu kallar hem, på ett trevligt och avslappnat sätt.
James (Jim) Neil
Based in : Maryburgh
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

Half day / Full day / Driver-guiding SUV 4x Passengers. 8X Seater can be available on request/ All year.

I am Scottish and have resided in various areas of Highlands and Islands for nearly 40 years and I am passionate about Scotland, it’s History and its people.
I am a retired Police Officer and I have worked throughout Scotland. This has provided me with a vast knowledge of the Highlands and other areas of Scotland and it would be fair to say I have friends and contacts throughout. You can imagine the tales I have to tell !
One of my greatest pleasures in life is showing visitors my wonderful country and passing on my knowledge in a friendly and professional way.
My favourite tipple is whisky and I have a good knowledge of the subject having been a Distillery Guide. I have conducted many tours in the various whisky regions of Scotland.
My hobbies include Football, Rugby, Fly Fishing, Golf and History.
I am a Scottish Tourist Guide Association Green Badge holder and I hold a Certificate in Higher Education (Post Grad ) with Merit in Tourist Guiding.

Ian W. M. Fraser
Based in : Muir of Ord, Ross & Cromarty
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

HOSTGA

½ day / 1 day

I was born and brought up in the beautiful, fertile and historic Black Isle just north of the city of Inverness. I have always had an interest in local history and culture, and as an engineer I’ve watched the developing industries make use of our geography and natural resources. Sit back and let me tell you what’s made us the ‘Highlanders’ who we are today.

Birgit Mackie CPD
Based in : City of Inverness
Languages spoken : GERMAN, English

HOSTGA

½ day / 1 day / school holidays only
Sandy Mitchell CPD
Based in : Avoch, Ross & Cromarty
Languages spoken : ENGLISH, German, French, Dutch

HOSTGA

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.

Jonathan Willet
Based in : Maryburgh, Ross & Cromarty
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

STGA

½ day / 1 day / extended; driver-guiding
Specialities: Wildlife and Walking

I am Lowlander by birth but a Highlander by inclination. I started my guiding career in 1995 with two years at Aigas Field Centre, just outside Inverness. I continued guiding groups in my various jobs after that. I moved back to the Highlands in 2005 and in March 2006 I started Red Kite Tours.
My main interest is wildlife guiding, but soon after I started guiding I realised no wildlife in Scotland lives beyond the influence of people. So I needed to understand the history, folklore, geology and place names of the Highlands to successfully interpret the exceptional landscape and wildlife found here to my guests.

Chris Williams CPD – Committee Member (Minutes Secretary)
Based in : Invergordon, Ross & Cromarty
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

HOSTGA

Half-day / full day / extended coach

Having lived in the Highlands, both in Wester and Easter Ross, for over thirty years, and having taken early retirement from music teaching, I am enjoying using my knowledge of the Highlands by introducing visitors to local places of interest. My personal interests, apart from music and music making, include photography, theatre and railways.

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.

Ishbel Cameron-McAlpine CPD
Based in : City of Inverness
Languages spoken : ENGLISH, Spanish, French

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.

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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