Tour Guides Directory

Guides with an interest in: Nature
Laura Moon CPD – Committee Member
Based in : City of Inverness
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

HOSTGA

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’

Rebecca Richmond
Based in : Culbokie, Black Isle
Languages spoken : ENGLISH, German

Half Day / Full Day / All Year Round

I have lived permanently on the Black Isle since 1988, when I came to live with my Grandparents and attend Inverness College.
I have, however, been coming to the Black Isle since I was 18 months old and it has always been home. My teenage years were spent in Germany where I became reasonably fluent in the language. I had not used it in years, but picked it up again when I began guiding for cruise ships in the summer of 2018. I am currently studying for a BA(Hons) in Gaelic Scotland with UHI focusing on language, history and culture of the Highlands and Islands. I also volunteer at Culloden Battlefield. I love the outdoors, history and am a shameless fan of the Outlander books. I run guided walking tours of the villages on the Black Isle and guided walks with ponies in the forestry of the Black Isle. I enjoy extending a warm Highland welcome to all our visitors.

Brigitte Geddes CPD
Based in : Ardgay, Sutherland
Languages spoken : GERMAN, English

HOSTGA

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, Schlösser und atemberaubende Landschaften; das wildromantische Schottland; vorgeschichtliche Piktensteine;Outlander-Schauplätze, Clan Touren, Castle Touren

Autor: Photobuch ‘Garden and Wild Flora’ (2016); ‘Fortingall Yew – Memories of an Oldtimer’ (2017) … über die älteste Eibe Europas

Rheinländerin, seit 1973 in den schottischen Highlands tief verwurzelt. Jahrzehntelang als Konferenzdolmetscherin/technische Übersetzerin gearbeitet. Mit meinem verstorbenen Mann habe ich lange auf schottischen Jagdsportgütern gelebt und bin daher ausgiebig vertraut mit dem heutigen Landleben und wie die Menschen früher hier gelebt haben. Meinjahrelanges, breitgefächertesStudium (BA Honours, BSc Honours, MSc) hat mir tiefgreifende Kenntnisse von Fauna und Flora, Geschichte, Vorgeschichte und des modernen Lebens vermittelt. Unerschütterliche Begeisterung für unsere zauberhafte und vielerorts dramatische Landschaft. Privattouren zu den beeindruckenden Piktensteinen des 6.-9. Jhdts, Leuchttürmen im Norden des schottischen Festlands sowie Touren auf Skye- in Partnerschaft mit Frank van Duivenbode. Meine Lieblingstour: Schlossgärten, alte Waldbestände und andere botanische Kostbarkeiten. Sollten Sie schottische Vorfahren haben, fahren wir Sie gern dorthin, wo sie gelebt haben. Auf Wunsch setzen wir Sie auch gern mit Genealogen in Verbindung. Falls Sie in den schottischen Highlands den Bund fürs Leben schließen möchten, führen wir Sie gern auf eine Erkundungsreise.

Raised in Germany, I have been very much at home in Scotland since my marriage in 1973. Spent more than two decades living on remote sporting estates with my (late) 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 three degree courses. My heart is firmly committed to 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, I can offer you tours of castle and botanic gardens, ancient woodlands, coastal lighthouses as well as tours of the legendary island of Skye.
Provided you do the preparatory genealogical research, we can take you on a custom-made trail of your clan or your ancestors. If you want to get married in the Scottish Highlands, we’re happy to explore some options with you.

Author: Photobook of Garden and Wild Flora (2016); Fortingall Yew – Memories of an Oldtimer (2017)
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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.

Daniel Sauder Tyler CPD – Committee Member
Based in : Nairn
Languages spoken : SWISS-GERMAN, GERMAN, English. French, Italian

STGA

Walking Tours / Extended Walking Tours / Half Day / Full Day / Extended Tours – coach and private, chauffeur-driven – year-round
Interests: Archaeology/Prehistory, Distilleries/Whisky, Folklore & Music, Islands, Nature, Outlander, Scottish History

Occupation, vocation, passion: art, culture and history have always intrigued me and for a long time their interpretation has been a source of personal inspiration.

I grew up in the cathedral city of Saint Gall (Switzerland), where I was already guiding visitors around my hometown at a young age. During my 20 years as a customer adviser for a Swiss bank I regularly organised cultural events and expeditions for clients, often guided by myself.

As time went by, I more and more felt the urge to turn my passion into a profession – and there had always been this deep, mysterious yearning for the Scottish Highlands. So I opted for a change of both career and scenery and moved to the Highlands – it felt like coming home. Now, I share my love, fascination and enthusiasm for the dramatic landscape and history of my adopted home with visitors from a’ the airts and pairts of our world:

Lochs, glens, remote beaches, castles, ancient places, industrial heritage, distilleries, breweries, cheesemakers, cake magicians – there is so much to explore! I take individuals, groups and corporate guests on bespoke Highland adventures that will show the interesting, fun but also quirky aspects of these lands of outstanding beauty.

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

HOSTGA

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.

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.
Cecile Mettot
Languages spoken : FRENCH, English

½ day / 1 day / extended / year-round

Fiona Newcombe
Based in : Forres
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

STGA

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.

Christine Lea CPD
Based in : Alness, Ross & Cromarty
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

HOSTGA

Day and half-day / extended / year-round; extended walking
Specialities: driver-guide, walking, wildlife

I am a competent and experienced guide having spent many years leading groups on walking holidays in the Highlands. I was a Countryside Ranger for several years and therefore my interests lie in the environment and wildlife. It gives me great pleasure showing this beautiful country to visitors.
I am happy to organise and take groups/ individuals on walking holidays in the Scottish Highlands. This could be for one day up to a week. I am also available for driver/guiding