Tour Guides Directory

Wildlife/Fauna & Flora

Here we list Guides who have a Special Interest in Wildlife Fauna and Flora.

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Daniel Sauder Tyler CPD – Committee Member
Based in : Nairn
Languages spoken : SWISS-GERMAN, GERMAN, English. French, Italian

STGA

Walking Tours / Extended Walking Tours / Half Day / Full Day / Extended Tours – coach and private, chauffeur-driven – year-round
Interests: Archaeology/Prehistory, Distilleries/Whisky, Folklore & Music, Islands, Nature, Outlander, Scottish History

Occupation, vocation, passion: art, culture and history have always intrigued me and for a long time their interpretation has been a source of personal inspiration.

I grew up in the cathedral city of Saint Gall (Switzerland), where I was already guiding visitors around my hometown at a young age. During my 20 years as a customer adviser for a Swiss bank I regularly organised cultural events and expeditions for clients, often guided by myself.

As time went by, I more and more felt the urge to turn my passion into a profession – and there had always been this deep, mysterious yearning for the Scottish Highlands. So I opted for a change of both career and scenery and moved to the Highlands – it felt like coming home. Now, I share my love, fascination and enthusiasm for the dramatic landscape and history of my adopted home with visitors from a’ the airts and pairts of our world:

Lochs, glens, remote beaches, castles, ancient places, industrial heritage, distilleries, breweries, cheesemakers, cake magicians – there is so much to explore! I take individuals, groups and corporate guests on bespoke Highland adventures that will show the interesting, fun but also quirky aspects of these lands of outstanding beauty.

Frank van Duivenbode CPD
Based in : Ardgay, Sutherland
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

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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Irene Harris CPD
Based in : Elgin, Morayshire
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

HOSTGA

½ day / 1 day
Specialities:  Scottish culture & history, Land use & wildlife

Graduate of the University of Edinburgh. Taught in Edinburgh and Morayshire. Lived in West Africa in 1980’s and travelled extensively. I have always been passionate about Scottish Culture, especially its music. My interest in Scotland’s history lies in particular with early peoples and historic buildings. Living in rural surroundings I have a good knowledge of local flora and fauna.

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.

Fiona Coats
Based in : Strathpeffer, Ross & Cromarty
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

HOSTGA

Day Coach, Driver Guiding, Wildlife Walking
Specialities: Culture, History, Music, Wildlife

Raised on the family farm on the West Coast of Scotland, I grew up with a love of the countryside and animals. Arriving in the Highlands in 1984 I started Highland Discovery Tours and since then have enjoyed showing people from all over the world Scotland’s historical landmarks along with special and lesser-known hidden places. As an experienced guide I am keen to share my knowledge and enthusiasm for the Highlands, the rich natural history along with traditional & modern culture. In my spare time I love renovating properties and furniture. I am also learning my most treasured possession – the Great Highland Bagpipe (out of earshot!). I am happy to take walking groups, coach trips, either driving or just guiding and create tailor-made itineraries. I look forward to meeting with you soon! I have a full PCV [bus] licence.

Robyn Jobson CPD
Based in : Caithness, Northern Highlands
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

STGA

Private Bespoke & Coach Tours – Half day, Full day, Extended, Year round, Step on guiding, Driver guiding (vehicle hired according to client requirements) .
Specialties: Archaeology/PreHistory, Distilleries/Whisky, Folklore, Clans / Castles, History, Outlander, Genealogy.Families with Children

I have lived in and loved the Scottish highlands forever! A second generation Australian, born into a long line of Scots who maintained the strong traditions and culture of Scotland. My love affair with the ancestral homeland led us to join the returning diaspora, in 2003. Having tour guided in Australia, England and Europe I gained my Scottish Tour Guide accreditation and thoroughly enjoy sharing the history and beauty of our dramatic Highlands. As a local, I offer excellent local knowledge which will enhance your experience here.

I provide shore excursions from cruise ships (Scrabster and Invergordon), step-on coach tours for companies, driver/ guiding for small groups and individuals and city walking tours (starting points are Thurso, Wick, Dornoch, Inverness or as agreed). The Highlands are a unique destination, blending the energy of our thriving capital city Inverness with the great outdoors on the doorstep. The north is a superb area of heritage and culture, not to mention mysts, myths and legends that abound. Have you heard about the Selkies?

My most popular special interest tours are: North Coast 500; Inverness and Loch Ness; Clan Genealogy; Clans, Cairns and Castles; WW2 in Caithness; Footsteps of the Queen Mother in Caithness; The Caithness Experience; Highland Whisky Trail; Pictish Trail; and Highland Outlander.

Standard tours or tours tailored to your specific interests, will enthrall you with our amazing mountains, lochs and glens, dramatic coastlines and wildlife and clan and Viking links to our turbulent Scottish history. I look forward to welcoming you to our dramatic Highlands, and to turning your touring dreams into a reality!

Alastair Cunningham
Based in : Hawick, Scottish Borders
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

HOSTGA

Day Coach and half-day; Driver Guiding

Specialities: Driver Guide, Castles, Prehistory
I have a great interest in the early Celtic peoples of Scotland and that romantic era before the Battle of Culloden when clan chiefs controlled the Highlands. My specialities are castles, battle sites and clan lands. I wrote the guidebook for Dunnottar Castle and the Colin Baxter book on Clans and Tartans. Having spent many years in the Highlands, I now live in the Borders and provide driver/guiding all over Scotland. Winter months are spent arranging holidays for those visiting their clan lands or staying in Scottish castles. I write an occasional blog: Living with Clans and Castles.

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.

Caroline Cameron CPD – Committee Member (Lectures and Outings)
Based in : Tain, Ross & Cromarty
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

HOSTGA

Day and half-day tours, year-round.  
Specialities: Archaeology/Prehistory, Folklore & Music, Natural world, Scottish History

Born and brought up in the Highlands I am passionate about all things Scottish and just love any opportunity to share this with visitors. The beauty, the history, an insight into everyday life past and present and of course the legends. Nothing like a good story to give a flavour of the place and the people. I love to show Scotland’s historical landmarks as well as the many, many hidden gems that are out there to be discovered and enjoyed.

I was a teacher in the Highlands. I chose a career in education because I wanted to share knowledge, because I love working with people and because I like to entertain, they do say teaching is not far removed from acting! I love meeting new people.

My other interests include travel, walking, theatre, reading, cooking, entertaining and gardening.

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

HOSTGA

½ day / 1 day / extended / year-round
Specialities: Driver Guide, Walking Tours, Distilleries

Born and bred in the Highlands, I have an in depth extensive local knowledge and stories of long ago. I have travelled extensively in Europe, Asia, North Africa and North America meeting people from all walks of life. My hobby is talking (just call me gabby). I love people, my country, food, walking in the wild wilderness of Scotland, chasing sunsets and sunrises, skiing the peaks, touring distilleries and sampling their wares, driving along the beautiful lochs and glens. Your dreams can come true if you really want them to.

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