Tour Guides Directory

Guides with an interest in: Archaeology/Prehistory
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.

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.

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.

Alastair Cunningham
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.

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.

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.

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.

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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