Tour Guides Directory

Guides with an interest in: Scottish History
Skye McDonald
Based in : City of Inverness
Languages spoken : ENGLISH, German, French

HOSTGA

Day and extended; driver guiding, wildlife, walking
Specialities: Mountain and walking guide with MLTB Certificate, PCV licence holder

Brought up in Scone, Scotland’s ancient capital, I now work out of its Highland Capital, Inverness, in summer. In winter I fly south with the ospreys and tour guide in Africa.
As a qualified mountain leader I specialise in guiding in the mountains, glens and along the coastline of the north west of Scotland. Walks vary from strenuous to gentle strolls; it is important to enjoy the countryside at your own pace.

I also driver/guide. With experience in adult education (albeit as a ceramicist!) I love to share the history, geography, fables and anecdotes of our rich heritage with our guests in Scotland.

Jonathan Willet
Based in : Maryburgh, Ross & Cromarty
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

STGA

Blue Badge

½ day / 1 day / extended; driver-guiding

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.

Andrew Baxter CPD
Based in : Kinlochleven, Argyll
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

STGA

Green Badge Guide (Regional Specialist for West and North Highlands, Inner Hebrides and Moray)

Types of tour – half day, full day, extended, year-round, step-on guiding, driver guide (vehicle hired according to client requirements)

Over 20 years ago I first fell in fell in love with the Highlands, when I started working in Morayshire and Speyside. I am now based on the West Coast just a few miles from Glencoe where I live with my wife and young family. Spare time is spent exploring the hidden Highlands with the kids, clambering over ruined castles, strolling along ancient paths or finding seashells along deserted beaches.

I am delighted to explore the country I am proud to call home with visitors from around the world. Helping them discover more about its landscape, legends and history.

There is so much to offer across the Scottish Highlands and I can help individuals, small groups, coach parties, and corporate clients to discover it. Whether you are looking for city tour of Inverness, a more in-depth tour of Culloden Battlefield and the Jacobites, a day excursion around beautiful Loch Ness, or an extended trip island hopping along the West Coast, I can help with a tailor-made tour.

Umay Bertoldi
Based in : Dingwall, Ross & Cromarty
Languages spoken : ITALIAN, English

HOSTGA

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.

Stephen Cribb
Based in : City of Inverness
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

HOSTGA  STGA

Blue Badge

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.

Dave Fyfe
Based in : Nairn
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

HOSTGA

Day coach, Extended Coach, Driver Guiding, Rider Guiding (Motorbikes).  Specialities:  Driver and Rider guide, 7 seat Mercedes, Scottish History, Folklore and Culture.

Scotland is a land steeped in History, Myths and Legends everywhere you look. From prehistoric standing stones to the more ‘modern’ battlefields and castles of the 14th and 18th Centuries, this rich land has plenty of secrets hidden with her misty Glens and around her dark, mysterious Lochs. We would be delighted to offer you the chance to experience the ‘hidden’ past with a journey through the countryside into Scotland’s history, geography and culture, by taking a coach/driver/rider tour like no other!

Specialising in bringing Scotland’s rich history to life through Re-enactment and Living History for many years, we understand that by combining history and entertainment with the needs of our guests, we can offer tailor-made tours that we would want to experience on our holidays.

Whether it is the chance to capture some amazing photographs, find your favourite whisky at any of the stunning distilleries, or simply have the chance to relax as you walk, ride or are driven around the length and breadth of Scotland, we guarantee that you will go home enriched with memories that will last a lifetime.

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

HOSTGA

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.

Valeria Bellazzi CPD
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.

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

HOSTGA

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

Mairi Telfer CPD
Based in : Nairn, Highland
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

HOSTGA

Day / half-day tours; all year. Speciality: Scottish history

A Highlander by upbringing, my working life has taken me all over the area. Formerly a careers advisor, I combine a keen interest in present day Highland social life and economy with a lifelong love of our beautiful environment and an abiding interest in its complex and fascinating history. I love welcoming people to the area and look forward to sharing some part of the Highland story/journey with you.