Tour Guides Directory

Guides with an interest in: Scottish History
Julia Mackintosh CPD
Based in : City of Inverness
Languages spoken : ENGLISH, French, German

½ day / 1 day / weekends all year + school holidays

Specialities: Highland and Scottish history & culture

I was born and brought up in the Highlands. I graduated with an honours degree in French and German from the University of Glasgow. During this time, I spent a year teaching English as a Foreign Language Assistant in Paris and a term at the University of Bamberg in Bavaria. Since 1995, I have been Principal Teacher of Languages in the Department of a large secondary school in the Highlands.

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.

Melissa MacDonald CPD
Based in : City of Inverness
Languages spoken : ENGLISH, Gaelic

Day / half-day tours; extended tours; driver-guiding.  Interested in Folklore & Music; Outlander; Scottish History.

Melissa MacDonald is passionate about the Highlands and Islands and in showing off its people, culture and beauty.  Melissa is happy to organise trips and be very flexible to guests including active family tour planning. Extended tours to locations outwith the Highlands and Islands also possible by prior arrangement, particularly for Outlander locations. As a parent to young children Melissa understands the importance of pace for family tours in particular and is happy to be flexible on the day to requests and to last minute changes.  Melissa is an Outlander fan and has done many tours for fans of the series and books and is a Gaelic speaker also.  Particularly interested in Scottish life, it’s people, politics, communities and culture, Melissa is also very interested in the Highland clearances and in the Gaelic language today.   Melissa has access to a range of vehicles, fully insured for driver guiding and is disclosure checked also.  She can accommodate people in Mercedes executive saloons and in larger vehicles seating up to 8 people.

Diana Bertoldi CPD – Committee Member (FaceBook)
Based in : Dingwall, Ross & Cromarty
Languages spoken : ITALIAN, English

Former wildlife manager, now professional storyteller, I am an Italian with Scottish ancestors and “my heart is in the Highlands”. You and your children will travel to a land of magic. The amazing landscape, the people, the legends and mysteries of who was here yesterday, today and how we will shape our future.

Day Coach, Extended Coach, Driver Guiding
Specialities: History, Legends and folklore, Outlander, Families with children, Whisky
Ex tecnico faunistico, ora storyteller professionista, sono Italiana con antenati Scozzesi e “il mio cuore è nelle Highlands”. Voi e i vostri bambini entrerete in una terra magica. I paesaggi straordinari, la gente, le leggende ed i misteri di chi viveva qui ieri, oggi e come daremo forma al nostro futuro.

Alison Scott CPD
Based in : Edderton, Ross & Cromarty
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

Half day / 1 day / Extended tours.

I moved to the Highlands of Scotland from London with my young family 12 years ago and have never regretted it.  I enjoy meeting people and sharing the culture, the environment and the history of Scotland.

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.

Pat Murray CPD – Committee Member (Vice Chairman)
Based in : Tain, Ross & Cromarty
Languages spoken : ENGLISH, Italian, French, German

½ day / 1 day / year-round

Speciality: general knowledge of Scotland and the Highlands in particular

Explore with me the classic and the secret places of this beautiful and fascinating country. I’m Scottish, a teacher of theatre, English language and literature, with international experience. But home is where my heart is and my heart’s in the Highlands. Come and see why.
Esplorate con me gli itinerari classici e scoprite i luoghi segreti di questo Paese bellissimo e affascinante. Sono scozzese, insegnante di teatro, letteratura e lingua inglese, con esperienza internazionale, ma la mia casa e il mio cuore sono nelle Highlands. Venite a vedere perché.

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.

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.

Rhona Bean CPD
Based in : Inverness
Languages spoken : ENGLISH, French

½ day / 1 day / extended / year-round / driver-guiding
STGA Blue Badge Guide. Speciality: Scottish History and Culture

Born in Inverness and educated in England, I have spent more than half my life in the N.E. of Scotland. I have always worked with people and love showing visitors the beauties of Scotland and giving them an insight into our history and culture. Whilst training to be a guide, I worked on the open top buses taking people to Culloden, Cawdor Castle and Fort George and in a local winery which makes wines from the products of the countryside. I am a keen hill-walker and have travelled extensively in many countries thereby learning about other cultures.
At university, I studied French and Spanish and am qualified to guide in French. Having trained as a Blue Badge guide, I am happy to guide anywhere in Scotland and particularly enjoy extended tours but also city walking tours and driver-guiding.