Tour Guides Directory

Guides with an interest in: Scottish History
Valeria Bellazzi
Based in : London
Languages spoken : ITALIAN, English

STGA – Green Badge-North Highlands – STGA Associated
½ day /1 day/ extended tours/ all year round

I moved to London many years ago, and I have been working as a tourist guide there ever since. I eventually expanded my offers of tours to the Highlands of Scotland following my fascination for its landscape and heritage.What I love most is the archaeology of the Highlands; I have an MA in Managing Archaeological Sites from UCL, and I have been involved as a volunteer in some excavations in Assynt (North-West of Scotland).I offer general archaeological tours, but if you are interested in a particular site, please be in touch, and I will organise your visit.

I can tailor themed walks/tours for Italian tourists and English speaking alike.

Ai turisti italiani posso offrire tours a tema, o semplicemente un assaggio delle bellezze delle Highlands: castelli, campi di battaglia, distillerie, paesaggi e luoghi famosi.

Caroline Cameron CPD – Committee Member (Lectures and Outings)
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.

Iain Tait CPD – Committee Member (Webmaster)
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.

Excursions d’une journée/longues excursions en autocar/Chauffeur-guide pour la journée ou longues excursions

Spécialités: Archéologie, Préhistoire, Highlands, Histoire naturelle, Paysage, Photographie

Après plus de cinq ans passés en France, sur la Côte d’Azur et L’arrière pays dans les stations de ski, je suis retourné au Highlands de l’Écosse que j’aime.
Mes carrières ont varié entre Jardinage paysagiste, Photographie et Régisseur de villa sur la Côte d’Azur.
J’ai toujours eu une passion pour la nature et la photographie et je souhaite partager ces passions et mes compétences linguistiques avec les visiteurs pour les excursions autour les Highland.

Irene Harris CPD
Based in : Elgin, Morayshire
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

½ day / 1 day

Specialities:  Scottish culture & history, Land use & wildlife

Graduate of the University of Edinburgh. Taught in Edinburgh and Morayshire. Lived in West Africa in 1980’s and travelled extensively. I have always been passionate about Scottish Culture, especially its music. My interest in Scotland’s history lies in particular with early peoples and historic buildings. Living in rural surroundings I have a good knowledge of local flora and fauna.

Robyn Jobson
Based in : Caithness, Northern Highlands
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

STGA Green Badge
Half day, Full day, Extended, Year round, Step on guiding, Driver guiding.

I have lived in and loved the Scottish highlands for fifteen years. A second generation Australian, born into a long line of Scots who maintained the strong traditions and culture of Scotland. My love affair with the ancestral homeland began nearly forty years ago during a back packer holiday here. After many holidays here through the years after, I could not withstand ‘the pull’ any longer and became one of the returning diaspora in 2003. Having tour guided in Australia, Britain and Europe part time I made the move to gain my Scottish accreditation and thoroughly enjoy sharing the history and beauty of Scotland. I specialise in shore excursions from cruise ships, genealogy and research tours, Outlander tours and tours tailored to specific interests which include Scottish history, amazing mountains, glens and lochs, dramatic coastline and clan links to our turbulent history. My enduring interests are photography, travel and genealogy which I love to share with our guests!

Brigitte Geddes CPD – Committee Member
Based in : Ardgay, Sutherland
Languages spoken : GERMAN, ENGLISH,and interpretation of most Gaelic placenames

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)

Pat Murray CPD – Committee Member (Vice Chair & Membership Secretary/CPD)
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.

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.

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.

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.