Tour Guides Directory

Guides with an interest in: Archaeology/Prehistory
Iain Hay CPD
Based in : Grantown-on-Spey, Moray
Languages spoken : ENGLISH, German

Half- and full day coach, wildlife walking
Specialities: Strathspey Walks, Jacobites, Distilleries

From early days youth-hostelling in the Highlands I have enjoyed climbing and for 50 years I have skied in Scotland and the Alps. I have produced booklets selling in Grantown Museum: “Battle of Cromdale, End of the 1st Jacobite War in the Highlands” and provided Gaelic Meanings for OS Explorers 418 & 419 (with Neil Campbell’s help). As Customs & Excise Officer I worked in over 60 distilleries; later I collected game from Sporting Estates. I have experience of leading Germans walking in Strathspey and enjoyed conversation auf Deutsch. I enjoy living in the Highlands and sharing that experience with visitors.

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.

Iain Tait CPD – Committee Member (Web Site)
Based in : City of Inverness
Languages spoken : ENGLISH, French, Italian

Day / extended coach / Extended Driver Guiding

Specialities:  Archaeology, Pre-History, Highlands, Natural History, Landscape, Photography

After many years in France and Italy, on the Riviera and Ski Resorts in both countries, I returned to the Highlands that I love. My carriers have ranged from Landscape Gardening, Photography to Villa Management on the French Riviera. I have always had a passion for Nature and Photography and I wish to share these passions and my language skills with visitors for Highland Tours.

 

Stephen Cribb CPD
Based in : City of Inverness
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

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

Specialities: Landscape, History, Whisky, Geneaology, Golf

I have shared the delights of Scottish life and landscape with visitors to the country for over thirty years. As a professional geologist I began my guiding activities in the 1970’s when I led field trips and study tours to some of the most wild and beautiful places in the Highlands and Islands.
Over the next twenty years my knowledge and understanding of the history and culture of all things Scottish has made me much in demand for summer schools and lectures by some of Scotland’s Universities, both ancient and modern. Subjects ranging from whisky and water to Scottish Country Houses, Golf and Genealogy have entranced and entertained locals and visitors alike. I am a Blue Badge member of the Scottish Tourist Guides Association, the only professional geologist to be fully qualified to guide throughout Scotland. I am also a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.

Brigitte Geddes CPD – Committee Member
Based in : Ardgay, Sutherland & Wick, Caithness
Languages spoken : GERMAN, English, Russian

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 und Landschaften; das wildromantische Schottland; vorgeschichtliche Piktensteine

Author: Photobook of Garden and Wild Flora (2016); Fortingall Yew – Memories of an Oldtimer (2017)

Deutsch: Rheinländerin, seit 1973 in den schottischen Highlands tief verwurzelt. Ausgiebig vertraut mit dem hiesigen Landleben und durch intensive Studien (BSc, MSc) vertiefte Kenntnisse von Fauna und Flora. Unerschütterliche Begeisterung für unsere zauberhafte Landschaft. Breitgefächertes Studium der schottischen Vorgeschichte, Geschichte und des modernen Lebens. Privattouren zu den beeindruckenden Piktensteinen des 6.-9. Jhdts, Leuchttürmen im Norden des schottischen Festlands sowie Touren zu Inseln wie Skye und Handa (Überfahrt auf eigene Gefahr) in Partnerschaft mit Frank van Duivenbode (siehe diese Webseite).

English: Raised in Germany, I have been very much at home in Scotland since 1973. I spent more than two decades living on remote sporting estates with my 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 two degree courses. My heart is firmly in 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 (see this website), I can offer you tours of mainland lighthouses and/or visits to islands such as Skye and the bird island of Handa (boat transit at your own risk).

If you do the preparatory genealogical research, we can take you on a trail of your ancestors.

 

Adrian Owen CPD
Based in : Edderton, Ross & Cromarty
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

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

Specialities: Wildlife, Prehistory, Scottish History

Since moving to the North Highlands I have become passionate about the area and find nothing more enjoyable than sharing my knowledge with those wishing to enjoy this magnificent land. Having explored the area for many years, I like to share not only the splendid attractions but also the hidden gems that are often just off the main road. As a keen ornithologist I never cease to be amazed by the rich birdlife the area attracts. I have a keen interest in how the area developed from the Bronze Age through the Picts and Vikings up to the more recent times. Running a very successful self-catering holiday lodge business I am always ready to give advice to help all visitors get the utmost from the time spent in this wonderful part of Scotland and offer private tours tailored to individual needs and requirements.

Dagmar Gross
Based in : Forres
Languages spoken : GERMAN, English, Spanish. French

STGA Regional Green Badge for the Northern Highlands,

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.

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

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.

Diana Bertoldi CPD – Committee Member (FaceBook)
Based in : Dingwall, Ross & Cromarty
Languages spoken : ITALIAN, English

Former wildlife manager, now professional storyteller, I am an Italian with Scottish ancestors and “my heart is in the Highlands”. You and your children will travel to a land of magic. The amazing landscape, the people, the legends and mysteries of who was here yesterday, today and how we will shape our future.

Day Coach, Extended Coach, Driver Guiding
Specialities: History, Legends and folklore, Outlander, Families with children, Whisky
Ex tecnico faunistico, ora storyteller professionista, sono Italiana con antenati Scozzesi e “il mio cuore è nelle Highlands”. Voi e i vostri bambini entrerete in una terra magica. I paesaggi straordinari, la gente, le leggende ed i misteri di chi viveva qui ieri, oggi e come daremo forma al nostro futuro.

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

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.