Half day / full day / year round (no extended tours)
Born and brought up near Inverness with a geologist for a father, I learned from a young age to appreciate the landscapes of the Scottish Highlands. With a PhD in Scottish Literature, I returned to the area to take up a post at the University of the Highlands and Islands, before going on to pursue my interest in whisky and its production by working for several years as a Lead Guide at Glen Ord Distillery. Whether it is whisky or literature, landscape or history that you are interested in, I look forward to meeting you and sharing some of the enthusiasm that I feel for the wonderful place where I live.
Day Coach, Extended Coach, Driver Guiding
Specialities: Driver guide, own 7-seater, Highlands, History , Landscape
I was born and raised in the Highlands, inheriting the mantle of Seanachaidh (or Storyteller) from my mother. From earliest times I learned the span of Highland history, culture, flora and fauna. I later studied Geography, Geology and Scottish History at Glasgow University.
Mixing these ingredients with Guide training, entertainment and humour allows me to create successful tours to some of the most stunning locations in the country. I am also qualified in Ancestral Tourism, and have written a number of books including “Roots of Stone” and “Culloden Tales”. Why not take a trip in my fully-insured, roomy 7-passenger people carrier?
Half day, Full day, Multi day, Year round, Driver Guiding with own vehicle (3 passengers)
Born and raised in Speyside, the heart of Scotland’s malt whisky country, my family heritage spans whisky and the traditional fishing communities of the Moray Firth coast. I’m a whisky insider, having worked in several world-renowned Speyside distilleries, gaining in-depth knowledge of the craft and passion of whisky-making and with a few stories to tell!
Et pour les francophones qui partent à la découverte de cette belle région, je parle français.
I’m a trained and accredited Green Badge Guide with the Scottish Tourist Guides Association and hold World Host accreditation for customer service. As well as my on the ground whisky experience I’m qualified in Spirits through the international Wine and Spirit Education Trust, undertaking my studies in French. My background also includes a PhD in French, roles with City of Edinburgh tourism and a main career in the university sector. Now I’ve come home to my roots in Speyside, drawn back by this beautiful region. I love being outdoors, taking photos, delving into the past and exploring family history. A little whisky tasting doesn’t go amiss either.
But most importantly – I love where I live – it’s why I came home. Whether your interest is whisky, family history or stunning landscapes and fascinating history, it’s all here on Speyside. Nothing would give me greater pleasure than to share my Speyside with you.