Tour Guides Directory

Guides with an interest in: Nature
Sandra MacIver CPD – Committee Member (Chairman)
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.

Laura Moon CPD
Based in : City of Inverness
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

½ day / 1 day /Extended /Driver-guiding with own six-seat vehicle

Specialities :- Driver Guiding, Walking Tours, mountaineering, nature, visual arts
Born and raised in a town south of Glasgow called East Kilbride but realizing I was spending too much time traveling to the Highlands for recreation, I decided to move here full time in 2003. Inverness has given me a fantastic way of life. The thing I love about living here is the easy access to some stunning and historically interesting places. I don’t have to go far to find something that makes my heart glad. Having a personal relationship with the area means that I can show you these places & entertain you with historical background that gives you a genuine flavour for the area. 
My touring cars are a Mercedes Viano and a Hyundai i800. They carry up to seven passengers, these are roomy cars which are fully air conditioned. All of Scotland covered, Driver-guiding and ‘hop on’
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 (Web Site)
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.

 

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

Day Coach, Driver Guiding, Extended Driver Guiding in partnership with Frank van Duivenbode (listed under English-speaking guides)

Specialities: Outlander Trail; faszinierende Gärten und Landschaften, das wildromantische Schottland – Highland Lore and Legend, Environment and Heritage, vorgeschichtliche Piktensteine – Pictish Trail.

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.

 

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.

Adrian Owen CPD
Based in : Edderton, Ross & Cromarty
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

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

Specialities: Wildlife, Prehistory, Scottish History

Since moving to the North Highlands I have become passionate about the area and find nothing more enjoyable than sharing my knowledge with those wishing to enjoy this magnificent land. Having explored the area for many years, I like to share not only the splendid attractions but also the hidden gems that are often just off the main road. As a keen ornithologist I never cease to be amazed by the rich birdlife the area attracts. I have a keen interest in how the area developed from the Bronze Age through the Picts and Vikings up to the more recent times. Running a very successful self-catering holiday lodge business I am always ready to give advice to help all visitors get the utmost from the time spent in this wonderful part of Scotland and offer private tours tailored to individual needs and requirements.

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

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.

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

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.

Jonathan Willet CPD
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.