Tour Guides Directory

Guides with an interest in: Archaeology/Prehistory
Valeria Bellazzi CPD
Based in : London
Languages spoken : ITALIAN, English

STGA – Green Badge-North Highlands – STGA Associated
½ day /1 day/ extended tours/ all year round

I moved to London many years ago, and I have been working as a tourist guide there ever since. I eventually expanded my offers of tours to the Highlands of Scotland following my fascination for its landscape and heritage.What I love most is the archaeology of the Highlands; I have an MA in Managing Archaeological Sites from UCL, and I have been involved as a volunteer in some excavations in Assynt (North-West of Scotland).I offer general archaeological tours, but if you are interested in a particular site, please be in touch, and I will organise your visit.

I can tailor themed walks/tours for Italian tourists and English speaking alike.

Ai turisti italiani posso offrire tours a tema, o semplicemente un assaggio delle bellezze delle Highlands: castelli, campi di battaglia, distillerie, paesaggi e luoghi famosi.

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

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.

Umay Bertoldi – Committee Member
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.

David Munro
Based in : Nairn
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

STGA Regional Green Badge for the Northern Highlands,
Half-day / full day / Day & Extended Coach, Driver Guiding. 6 -seater & luxury 8 -seater available. Available all year.
Driver Guide in the Highlands and Moray
Regularly complimented as their ‘best tour guide by far’ or my tour being the ‘highlight’ of their trip my clients appreciate what I offer as a guide. Like a good malt whisky, a tour is about creating the very best blend of places, stories and scenery for you to enjoy; the castles, battlefields, the towns and villages and including the special, more hidden places along the way.
My tours are full of fascinating facts about the Highlands – contemporary and historical – plus wonderful folklore, myths and legends. You’ll hear riveting tales of all manner of Highland characters – good, bad and ugly – designed to capture your imagination and create lasting memories that you will treasure for many years to come.
I specialise in Outlander’ tours, Clan histories, Vikings, 5,000-year-old Stone Circles, enigmatic Celtic symbol stones and pagan healing wells. Also the real, ‘more saint than sinner,’ King Macbeth, the infamous, bloodthirsty Wolf of Badenoch and Highland witches, wizards and seers. Speyside Whisky Tours.
I love guiding walking tours of the medieval and modern towns of Nairn,Forres and Elgin –all close to Inverness and the city itself.These are my ancestral clan lands where I have lived for over 20 years I would be delighted to share them with you.

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

Day / extended coach / Extended Driver Guiding

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

After many years in France, 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.

Excursions d’une journée/longues excursions en autocar/Chauffeur-guide pour la journée ou longues excursions

Spécialités: Archéologie, Préhistoire, Highlands, Histoire naturelle, Paysage, Photographie

Après plus de cinq ans passés en France, sur la Côte d’Azur et L’arrière pays dans les stations de ski, je suis retourné au Highlands de l’Écosse que j’aime.
Mes carrières ont varié entre Jardinage paysagiste, Photographie et Régisseur de villa sur la Côte d’Azur.
J’ai toujours eu une passion pour la nature et la photographie et je souhaite partager ces passions et mes compétences linguistiques avec les visiteurs pour les excursions autour les Highland.

Stephen Cribb
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.

Andrew Baxter CPD
Based in : Kinlochleven, Argyll
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

STGA Green Badge Guide (Regional Specialist for West and North Highlands, Inner Hebrides and Moray)

Types of tour – half day, full day, extended, year-round, step-on guiding, driver guide (vehicle hired according to client requirements)

Over 20 years ago I first fell in fell in love with the Highlands, when I started working in Morayshire and Speyside. I am now based on the West Coast just a few miles from Glencoe where I live with my wife and young family. Spare time is spent exploring the hidden Highlands with the kids, clambering over ruined castles, strolling along ancient paths or finding seashells along deserted beaches.

I am delighted to explore the country I am proud to call home with visitors from around the world. Helping them discover more about its landscape, legends and history.

There is so much to offer across the Scottish Highlands and I can help individuals, small groups, coach parties, and corporate clients to discover it. Whether you are looking for city tour of Inverness, a more in-depth tour of Culloden Battlefield and the Jacobites, a day excursion around beautiful Loch Ness, or an extended trip island hopping along the West Coast, I can help with a tailor-made tour.

Brigitte Geddes CPD – Committee Member
Based in : Ardgay, Sutherland
Languages spoken : GERMAN, ENGLISH,and interpretation of most Gaelic placenames

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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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.

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

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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