Tour Guides Directory

Guides with an interest in: Nature
Iain A. R. Tait CPD – Committee Member (Webmaster)
Based in : City of Inverness
Languages spoken : ENGLISH, French

HOSTGA

Day Tours / Extended Coach Tours / Driver Guiding (Vehicle rented as required)
Interests:  Archaeology, Pre-History, Natural History, Landscape, Photography

After many years in France, on the Riviera and Ski Resorts in both countries, I returned to the Highlands
where I trained with Hostga to become a tour guide in order to use my knowledge of the French language.
My careers include Landscape Gardening, Photography and Villa Management on the French Riviera.
I wish to share my passion for Nature and Photography with visitors for Highland Tours.

Excursions d’une journée/longues excursions en autocar/Chauffeur-guide (Véhicule loué au besoin)
Intérêts Particuliers: Archéologie, Préhistoire, Highlands, Flore et Faune, Paysage, Photographie

Après 35 ans en France, sur la Côte d’Azur ou j’ai fait du Jardinage, de la Photographie et Régisseur de villa, je suis retourné en Écosse pour devenir guide touristique afin d’utiliser mes connaissance en langue Française.
Je souhaite partager mes passion pour la nature et la photographie avec les visiteurs Francophone pour les excursions autour les Highlands et les Îles, soit en autocars, soit en voiture.
Tatiana Buswell
Based in : Edinburgh
Languages spoken : RUSSIAN, English

HOSTGA

Half a day, 1 day, extended, driver-guide
Specialities: Landscapes and Environment, Music and Folklore, Walking, Scottish History, Distilleries and Whisky.

I am a Russian speaking guide and worked in the tourist industry in my home country for seven years.
I have been living in Scotland for ten years now and the more I live here the more I like the country – its natural beauty, its stunning landscapes, its people and traditions, music and folklore. I understood that I wanted to share my passion with the others, which is why I became a tour guide here.
Being qualified in 2016 course for Highlands of Scotland Tour Guide Association I am now offering my guests to see and to feel the best that the Country has to offer, from remote corners of the Highlands to whisky distilleries, famous castles and palaces.

Мой опыт работы в индустрии туризма насчитывает семь лет.
В Шотландии живу около десяти лет и чем больше живу здесь, тем больше нравится мне эта уникальная и неповторимая в своей красоте страна, люди и их достижения, традиции, культура.
Желание узнать больше привело меня на курс в Ассоциацию гидов высокогорной Шотландии, который я окончила в 2016-м году, и теперь, будучи квалифицированным специалистом, с радостью делюсь накопленным опытом и знаниями с туристами в поездках по индивидуально разработанным маршрутам
Linda Bruce
Based in : Aberlour
Languages spoken : ENGLISH, French

Half day, Full day, Multi day, Year round, Driver Guiding with own vehicle (3 passengers)

Born and raised in Speyside, the heart of Scotland’s malt whisky country, my family heritage spans whisky and the traditional fishing communities of the Moray Firth coast. I’m a whisky insider, having worked in several world-renowned Speyside distilleries, gaining in-depth knowledge of the craft and passion of whisky-making and with a few stories to tell!

Et pour les francophones qui partent à la découverte de cette belle région, je parle français.

I’m a trained and accredited Green Badge Guide with the Scottish Tourist Guides Association and hold World Host accreditation for customer service. As well as my on the ground whisky experience I’m qualified in Spirits through the international Wine and Spirit Education Trust, undertaking my studies in French. My background also includes a PhD in French, roles with City of Edinburgh tourism and a main career in the university sector. Now I’ve come home to my roots in Speyside, drawn back by this beautiful region. I love being outdoors, taking photos, delving into the past and exploring family history. A little whisky tasting doesn’t go amiss either.

But most importantly – I love where I live – it’s why I came home. Whether your interest is whisky, family history or stunning landscapes and fascinating history, it’s all here on Speyside. Nothing would give me greater pleasure than to share my Speyside with you.

Helen Ord
Based in : Edinburgh and Dulnain Bridge
Languages spoken : ENGLISH/French

STGA

Half day, Full day, Extended, Year round
Driver-guide (Rental vehicle as required, up to 8 passengers )

My own love of Scotland was formed from an early age as I was brought up in some of the most beautiful and iconic locations we have to offer: from the Highlands to Edinburgh, St Andrews to celebrated Royal Deeside.And I don’t just live here– I actively choose to holiday here too, so I know the ins and outs of being a visitor in Scotland.  My “past life” has also seen me work and travel extensively abroad, giving me a firm understanding of what makes or breaks a holiday whether you are part of a group or a solo traveller.

I delight in creating “the best Scottish holiday”, and would love to guide you around Scotland, giving you a unique insight into our beautiful country. I will take you to see our most stunning and dramatic scenery together with our iconic locations, while weaving in our incredible history and rich culture along the way.

I truly feel that Scotland is here for the exploring and I am delighted to extend an enthusiastic and warm welcome to you.

Jenny McBain
Based in : Ullapool
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

STGA

½ day / 1 day / year-round /Driver guiding

The Highlands and Islands of Scotland are characterised by dramatic, ever-changing scenery. This enchanting part of the world is also home to dynamic and creative communities.

Born in Ayrshire in the Scottish Lowlands, I have lived in the Highlands for many years, working in radio and print journalism and covering a wide range of topics. Travel writing has given me the opportunity to explore distant locations. However, my favourite adventures have taken place at home in Scotland where I have stayed in luxurious castles and explored remote and spectacular places on foot, by water and on horseback.

I am a proud member the Scottish Tourist Guides Association and holder of the Green Badge qualification. This is an accredited and internationally recognised regional qualification, gained through study at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

There is considerable common ground between my two careers. A good piece of writing fulfils an editorial remit. An excellent tour, meanwhile, is founded on thorough research and tailored to the needs of guests, so that commentary unfolds like a compelling story, bringing to life key themes and lesser known stories. Be my guest and together we will discover people and places beyond anything to be found in a guide book.

Elizabeth MacKay CPD
Based in : City of Inverness
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

HOSTGA

Day coach / Extended driver-guiding.

Welcome to our stunning country.  I am Highland bred, my love for my country knows no bounds.  I have an on-going passion to learn the mystery and history of The Highlands of Scotland.  I look forward to meeting you so we can explore The Highlands together.

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

STGA

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.

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

HOSTGA

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.

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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.

Fiona Coats
Based in : Strathpeffer, Ross & Cromarty
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

HOSTGA

Day Coach, Driver Guiding, Wildlife Walking
Specialities: Culture, History, Music, Wildlife

Raised on the family farm on the West Coast of Scotland, I grew up with a love of the countryside and animals. Arriving in the Highlands in 1984 I started Highland Discovery Tours and since then have enjoyed showing people from all over the world Scotland’s historical landmarks along with special and lesser-known hidden places. As an experienced guide I am keen to share my knowledge and enthusiasm for the Highlands, the rich natural history along with traditional & modern culture. In my spare time I love renovating properties and furniture. I am also learning my most treasured possession – the Great Highland Bagpipe (out of earshot!). I am happy to take walking groups, coach trips, either driving or just guiding and create tailor-made itineraries. I look forward to meeting with you soon! I have a full PCV [bus] licence.

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

HOSTGA

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.