Rebecca Richmond

Half Day / Full Day / All Year Round

I have lived permanently on the Black Isle since 1988, when I came to live with my Grandparents and attend Inverness College.
I have, however, been coming to the Black Isle since I was 18 months old and it has always been home. My teenage years were spent in Germany where I became reasonably fluent in the language. I had not used it in years, but picked it up again when I began guiding for cruise ships in the summer of 2018. I am currently studying for a BA(Hons) in Gaelic Scotland with UHI focusing on language, history and culture of the Highlands and Islands. I also volunteer at Culloden Battlefield. I love the outdoors, history and am a shameless fan of the Outlander books. I run guided walking tours of the villages on the Black Isle and guided walks with ponies in the forestry of the Black Isle. I enjoy extending a warm Highland welcome to all our visitors.

Steve Cairns

Half Day, Full day, Year round Driver-guide (7 seater Mercedes)

Brigitte Geddes CPD

HOSTGA

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)
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Daniel Sauder Tyler CPD – Committee Member

STGA

Walking Tours / Extended Walking Tours / Half Day / Full Day / Extended Tours – coach and private, chauffeur-driven – year-round
Interests: Archaeology/Prehistory, Distilleries/Whisky, Folklore & Music, Islands, Nature, Outlander, Scottish History

Occupation, vocation, passion: art, culture and history have always intrigued me and for a long time their interpretation has been a source of personal inspiration.

I grew up in the cathedral city of Saint Gall (Switzerland), where I was already guiding visitors around my hometown at a young age. During my 20 years as a customer adviser for a Swiss bank I regularly organised cultural events and expeditions for clients, often guided by myself.

As time went by, I more and more felt the urge to turn my passion into a profession – and there had always been this deep, mysterious yearning for the Scottish Highlands. So I opted for a change of both career and scenery and moved to the Highlands – it felt like coming home. Now, I share my love, fascination and enthusiasm for the dramatic landscape and history of my adopted home with visitors from a’ the airts and pairts of our world:

Lochs, glens, remote beaches, castles, ancient places, industrial heritage, distilleries, breweries, cheesemakers, cake magicians – there is so much to explore! I take individuals, groups and corporate guests on bespoke Highland adventures that will show the interesting, fun but also quirky aspects of these lands of outstanding beauty.

Tony Cowan Martin CPD

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.

James (Jim) Neil

Half day / Full day / Driver-guiding SUV 4x Passengers. 8X Seater can be available on request/ All year.

I am Scottish and have resided in various areas of Highlands and Islands for nearly 40 years and I am passionate about Scotland, it’s History and its people.
I am a retired Police Officer and I have worked throughout Scotland. This has provided me with a vast knowledge of the Highlands and other areas of Scotland and it would be fair to say I have friends and contacts throughout. You can imagine the tales I have to tell !
One of my greatest pleasures in life is showing visitors my wonderful country and passing on my knowledge in a friendly and professional way.
My favourite tipple is whisky and I have a good knowledge of the subject having been a Distillery Guide. I have conducted many tours in the various whisky regions of Scotland.
My hobbies include Football, Rugby, Fly Fishing, Golf and History.
I am a Scottish Tourist Guide Association Green Badge holder and I hold a Certificate in Higher Education (Post Grad ) with Merit in Tourist Guiding.

Mandy Masson

½ day: Full Day: Extended Tours:Year-round:Driver-guide

I was born and raised in Aberdeenshire and in addition to English, I am a native “Doric” speaker – ye ken! and happy to translate for you.
Tourist guiding has offered me a different focus for my professional skills following early retirement from a long community-based career working with people throughout the Moray, Speyside and Aberdeenshire areas.
My love, knowledge and familiarity of my native landscape, people, culture, heritage and especially its food and drink! has been fine-tuned with an STGA (Scottish Tourist Guides Association) North Highlands: Green Badge qualification.
Allow me to welcome you and share, explore and celebrate Scotland with you.

Tatiana Buswell

HOSTGA

Half a day, 1 day, extended, driver-guide
Specialities: Landscapes and Environment, Music and Folklore, Walking, Scottish History, Distilleries and Whisky.

I am a Russian speaking guide and worked in the tourist industry in my home country for seven years.
I have been living in Scotland for ten years now and the more I live here the more I like the country – its natural beauty, its stunning landscapes, its people and traditions, music and folklore. I understood that I wanted to share my passion with the others, which is why I became a tour guide here.
Being qualified in 2016 course for Highlands of Scotland Tour Guide Association I am now offering my guests to see and to feel the best that the Country has to offer, from remote corners of the Highlands to whisky distilleries, famous castles and palaces.

Мой опыт работы в индустрии туризма насчитывает семь лет.
В Шотландии живу около десяти лет и чем больше живу здесь, тем больше нравится мне эта уникальная и неповторимая в своей красоте страна, люди и их достижения, традиции, культура.
Желание узнать больше привело меня на курс в Ассоциацию гидов высокогорной Шотландии, который я окончила в 2016-м году, и теперь, будучи квалифицированным специалистом, с радостью делюсь накопленным опытом и знаниями с туристами в поездках по индивидуально разработанным маршрутам