Tour Guides Directory

Guides with an interest in: Nature
Colin G. MacLean CPD
Based in : Fort William, Inverness-shire
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

HOSTGA

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.

Frank van Duivenbode CPD
Based in : Ardgay, Sutherland
Languages spoken : ENGLISHand interpretation of most Gaelic placenames

HOSTGA

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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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.

Ian Deveney CPD
Based in : City of Inverness
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

HOSTGA

half day / full day coach / Extended / Driver guiding
Specialities :- Driver Guiding, Walking Tours, mountaineering, nature

Ian was brought up just South of Glasgow, he has had a long standing love affair with Scotland. From a young age Ian has had a enthusiasm for the adventurous side of the Scottish landscape and his twenties found him skiing, white water kayaking and walking in the hills of this beautiful country. His passion for Scottish culture came to fruition when he became part of a group called The White Cockade, a living history, re-enactment group who would travel the country bringing history alive to its audiences. Being introduced to this way of communicating Scotland’s history was to be a turning point in his life.
Ian’s love of the landscape has recently been reignited with his interest in photography. This new hobby is proving a great way of scouting out some truly sensational, less travelled spots, which he is only too happy to share with you.
His knowledge of Scottish history and culture from the Vikings, to the Scottish Wars of Independence, to the Jacobite Risings of 1745 is second to none. Couple this with a talent of making his love of Scotland feel fresh, fun and relevant makes him the ideal Personal Guide for your excursion.
His 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’

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.

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

HOSTGA

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.

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
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 to 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
Intérêts Particuliers: Archéologie, Préhistoire, Highlands, Flore et Faune, Paysage, Photographie

Après 35 ans en France, sur la Côte d’Azur et dans l’arrière pays, je suis retourné au nord de l’Écosse
où j’ai étudié avec HOSTGA pour devenir un guide touristique afin d’utiliser ma connaissance de la langue Française.
Mes carrières incluent Jardinage, Photographie et Régisseur de villa sur la Côte d’Azur.
Je souhaite partager ma passion pour la nature et la photographie avec les visiteurs pour les excursions autour les Highlands.

Tony Cowan Martin CPD
Based in : Grantown on Spey, Moray
Languages spoken : ENGLISH, German

HOSTGA

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.