Tour Guides Directory

Guides with an interest in: Hiking
Jonathan Willet
Based in : Maryburgh, Ross & Cromarty
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

½ day / 1 day / extended; driver-guiding
STGA Blue Badge Guide

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.

Sandy Mitchell CPD
Based in : Avoch, Ross & Cromarty
Languages spoken : ENGLISH, German, French, Dutch

½ day / 1 day / extended / year-round

Specialities: Driver guide, walking, wildlife, PCV Licence holder

I have been a tour guide for almost 30 years. For 22 of these I operated my own holiday business, offering walking, wildlife and Scottish history trips – in the Scottish Highlands and Islands, Ireland and south-west USA.
I speak German, French and some Dutch. I have a full (D) bus licence and so can offer driver-guided tours in almost any size of vehicle. I also offer group and individual hiking programmes including special topics such as bird-watching, wildflowers, local history, the Picts, Scottish literature, castles and gardens. My other interests include Scottish heritage, dialects and literature, photography and geology.

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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Marina Swanson CPD
Based in : Watten, Caithness
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

Half- and full day coach tours. Walking tours. Year round.

I was born and brought up in a small crofting village near Plockton and have always expressed a great passion for my home, the Highlands of Scotland. After studying at Aberdeen University and travelling around different countries, I settled back in the Highlands, now living on a Caithness farm with my husband and two children. I have worked as a couuntryside ranger in the Caithness area for the last 16 years. This has given me valuable insight into the local wildlife, history and culture of the area.

Rosana Lambie CPD
Based in : Dulnain Bridge, Morayshire
Languages spoken : SPANISH, English

½ day / 1 day / year-round

Specialities: Whisky Scotch and Scottish Gin Trail, distillery visits, translations and interpreting, corporate visits.

The fascination with Scotland started as a student of English, back in Argentina where I originally come from. Little did I know then, that a few years later, I would be living in the heart of the Highlands, having such a wonderful landscape at my doorstep. Since moving here in 2002 I have been working as an interpreter for various whisky companies which organise whisky tours as part of their PR activities.
Over the next few years, my knowledge about Scottish history and culture increased and, Spanish being my mother tongue, I soon started guiding Spanish-speaking groups of tourists around the area, hoping they feel as fascinated with this wonderful place as I still do.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

Fiona Newcombe STGA (I)
Based in : Forres
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

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.

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

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.