Tour Guides Directory

Wildlife and Walking
Susan Harper
Based in : Braemar, Aberdeenshire
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

HOSTGA

Half day / 1 day / year-round.

Specialities: Hiking, Nature, Scottish History.

I have lived in the Scottish highlands on and off for over 30 years. For 12 of those years I lived in Chamonix in the French Alps, for I am not only a Tour Guide, but I am also a Mountain Guide and was one of the first British woman to stand on the summit of Mount Everest. Needless to say I love mountains, but particularly Scottish ones. Wherever I travel in the world I always long to be back here, for the Scottish landscape is where my heart resides. In particular I love the Gaelic language and the way it gives meaning to the landscape through place-names, giving an insight into the people who lived on and worked this beautiful land over the centuries.

Frank van Duivenbode CPD
Based in : Ardgay, Sutherland
Languages spoken : ENGLISHand interpretation of most Gaelic placenames

HOSTGA

½ day / 1 day / driver-guiding including extended tours / year-round;

Specialities:
Spectacular routes; ancient forts and magnificent castles; Neolithic cairns, standing stones from various ages and a trail of the amazing carved stones of the Pictish era; ancient woodlands and forests; native animals, birds and plants.

I was born in Hastings (south coast of England) to a Dutch father and English mother. Being very keen on walking and camping in the Scottish hills, I managed to get my first job in the Highlands in 1972 and never looked back. The Scottish Highlands is my chosen home and I can never get enough of exploring its hills and mountains, river glens and straths carved out by the ice age. I love the fascinating combination of sandy beaches, breath-taking cliffs and wide-open horizons. Thanks to our changeable weather, it’s never dull here.

I carved out a career in tree surgery and forestry work which has given me wide and varied insights into Scottish land use and a keen interest in ancient trees. Owing to its relative lack of industrial development, the Scottish Highlands is an area rich in archaeological sites many of which are missed by the uninitiated on the usual tourist trail. Although not an expert in geology, I have an abiding interest in the rock formations that make up our countryside. One of my hobbies is sailing and I have enjoyed many splendid coastal views from my boat. It won’t surprise you to hear that I love reading non-fiction literature about maritime history, whilst my favourite novelist is Patrick O’Brian.
With my partner, Brigitte Geddes, I can take you on spectacular tours of the Highlands including Skye. We can also arrange castle tours, garden tours and Outlander tours for you or take you on a trip exploring the history of your clan. Provided you do the preparatory genealogical research, we can take you on a trail of your very own ancestors.
If you are interested, we can give you lots of information on country life and the wild outdoors introducing you to our dramatic mountains, and our fascinating range of plants, trees and animals some of which we might spot on our way. I think that it is also important to give you moments of calm enabling you to enjoy the memorable sounds and sights of the Highlands and Islands.

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

HOSTGA

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.

Alastair Dick
Based in : Dunfermline, Kingdom of Fife
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

HOSTGA

½ day / 1 day / extended / year-round

Specialities: Driver Guide, Walking Tours, Distilleries

Colin G. MacLean CPD
Based in : Fort William, Inverness-shire
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

HOSTGA

Day Coach, Driver Guiding, Wildlife Walking

Specialities: Hebrides, Lochaber, Mull and Iona., PCV licence holder (up to 53 seater coach).,

I was born in Glasgow, moved to Sutherland in 1969 to work as a Ferry Skipper at Kylesku, then Corran (Fort William). In between that, I’ve been a Coach Driver/Courier throughout the Highlands and Islands, with more than a passing interest in clan history. I am a Life Member of the Clan Maclean and lived for six years on Mull, where I drove a coach for my Chief . I take great pleasure in describing my country to visitors and have an in-depth knowledge of the flora and fauna and the built and natural landscape.

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

STGA

Blue Badge

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.

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

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

HOSTGA

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.

Ian Deveney CPD
Based in : City of Inverness
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

HOSTGA

half day / full day coach / Extended / Driver guiding

Specialities :- Driver Guiding, Walking Tours, mountaineering, nature,
Ian was brought up just South of Glasgow, he has had a long standing love affair with Scotland. From a young age Ian has had a enthusiasm for the adventurous side of the Scottish landscape and his twenties found him skiing, white water kayaking and walking in the hills of this beautiful country. His passion for Scottish culture came to fruition when he became part of a group called The White Cockade, a living history, re-enactment group who would travel the country bringing history alive to its audiences. Being introduced to this way of communicating Scotland’s history was to be a turning point in his life.
Ian’s love of the landscape has recently been reignited with his interest in photography. This new hobby is proving a great way of scouting out some truly sensational, less travelled spots, which he is only too happy to share with you.
His knowledge of Scottish history and culture from the Vikings, to the Scottish Wars of Independence, to the Jacobite Risings of 1745 is second to none. Couple this with a talent of making his love of Scotland feel fresh, fun and relevant makes him the ideal Personal Guide for your excursion.
His touring cars are a Mercedes Viano and a Hyundai i800. They carry up to seven passengers, these are roomy cars which are fully air conditioned. All of Scotland covered, Driver-guiding and ‘hop on’

Fiona Newcombe
Based in : Forres
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

STGA (I)

Half-day / full day / Extended, Walking Tour, Driver Guiding (please contact me to discuss your vehicle requirements) Available all year.

I am a STGA badge Green Badge for North and West Scotland, Moray and the Inner Hebrides. I guide across the Highlands, Moray and Aberdeenshire

I really enjoying sharing my love of Scotland and its history, natural heritage, people and stories. I’m based in the north of Scotland and have worked with wildlife for the last 20 years. I’m also an outdoor instructor and love sharing Scotland’s special places.

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