Tour Guides Directory

Guides with an interest in: Nature
Iain Tait CPD – Committee Member (Webmaster)
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.

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.

Caroline Cameron CPD – Committee Member
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.

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

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

Specialities: archaeology/prehistory, hiking, nature/wildlife.

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 are 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, but I’m also keen on sailing and have been able to enjoy coastal views from my boat. It won’t surprise you to hear that I love reading books about maritime history.

With my partner, Brigitte Geddes (see this website) I can take you on tours of islands such as Skye or Handa, the famous bird island (boat transfer at your own risk).

If you do the preparatory genealogical research, we can take you on a trail of your ancestors. I also offer walking tours and promise to look after you well. If you prefer, I can leave you in peace to absorb the sights, sounds and smells of the wild outdoors, or tell you about various plants, trees and animals we might spot on our way.

Sandra MacIver CPD
Based in : Forres, Morayshire
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

Day Coach, Extended Coach, Driver Guiding, Wildlife, Walking
Specialities: local history, landscape, land use

Born and bred on a family farm then educated in Moray I spent most of my life there although my work took me throughout the Grampian Region. I worked for over 35 years in different aspects of Scottish Law. I am passionate about encouraging visitors to see and experience the best (not necessarily the most expensive) about Scotland and our people. I try my hand at photography, golf, curling and skiing with varying degrees of success. I will assist with welcoming people into the area, tour guiding and itinerary planning for 1/2 and whole day tours. I can include lowland walking, gardens, castles but what I particularly like is tailor-made days for small groups.

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

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.

 

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.

Lorna Lu CPD – Committee Member (Treasurer)
Based in : Kyle of Lochalsh, near Isle of Skye
Languages spoken : MANDARIN, English

Mandarin-speaking guide

½ Day/ 1day / extended coach

Specialities:  Isle of Skye, Outdoors adventure, Scottish traditional music, Arts, Photography, Tea ceremony, Business and events organisation.

I was born and raised in culturally rich Yunnan province in the South-west of China and moved to Scotland in 2008. Now based in Kyle of Lochalsh, I guide tours mostly on the Isle of Skye.
I have a degree in the English language, which I gained in China and I have a HND in business, which I gained at University of Highlands and Islands in Scotland.
I run a small tea business supplying speciality teas and I present tea ceremonies for functions and special events for local college, café and restaurants.

My interests are in Arts, Music, Photography and History. Since moving to the Lochalsh area of Highlands of Scotland I have developed a keen interest in studying the rich local culture, traditional Scottish music, outdoors adventure, and photographing the spectacular scenery.
I have become particularly fond of the many Folk stories that The Western Isles are known for, and understanding all the different layers of history and how they relate to each other.

Lorna Lu CPD
住址: 凯尔镇,斯凯岛(天空岛)附近
电话: 07753 240382
邮件: lorna.yan.lu@gmail.com
导游语言: 国语/普通话(母语),英语(流利)
导游知识领域和特长:苏格兰高地,斯凯岛(天空岛),西海岸赫布里底群岛,北海岸奥克尼群岛,苏格兰最北部的设德兰群岛;户外运动;苏格兰传统音乐,艺术,摄影,茶艺;商务活动策划和组织。

我毕业于中国大连外国语大学,在上海工作多年后于2005年来到苏格兰生活。最初在苏格兰高地西海岸的生活中,我对本地浓厚的历史,文化和风俗,以及其特有的传统音乐和盖尔语言产生了兴趣,斯凯岛神话般的美丽景色和富有挑战性的户外探险运动使我决定留在本地,并于2009年定居于此。
经过多年在本地的工作生活和再深造学习,我对苏格兰高地,西海岸赫布里底群岛,北海岸奥克尼群岛,以及苏格兰最北部的设德兰群岛有了更深入的了解。
我目前居住在斯凯岛附近,可为世界各地来到苏格兰高地东西各海岸的邮轮游客提供导游服务,同时可为高端客户量身定制旅游策划,如私人飞机、租船垂钓,高尔夫球及户外探险运动。

Susan Harper CPD
Based in : Braemar, Aberdeenshire
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

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.