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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.

Donald Fisher CPD – Committee Member
Based in : Scourie, north-west Sutherland
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

½ day / 1 day / year-round

Specialities: Hiking, nature & the environment, Scottish history.

I’m Scottish and have had the privilege to live in the Highlands of Scotland since 1972. I love everything about here – the fascinating and turbulent history, the varied wildlife and nature, the cultural heritage, the amazing views and landscape and, of course, the wonderful people. As a Chartered Geologist and the former Geologist for the Highlands, I am especially well placed to tell you a wee bit about our rocks and the dramatic landscapes and their origins. I’m very much a “people person” and I look forward to welcoming you and introducing you to our wonderful Highlands, our history and culture, and to showing you the natural wonders of our amazing and unspoilt environment.

Dagmar Gross
Based in : Forres
Languages spoken : GERMAN, English, Spanish. French

STGA Regional Green Badge for the Northern Highlands,

½ day / 1 day / Extended coach  All year round

I live in Forres, Moray, and have lived in this area for about six years now, gathering much information of varying kinds over this time.

I am very interested in and knowledgeable about Scotland’s history and that of the Northern Highlands and Moray regions, including local historic figures like MacBeth and Alexander Stewart, the Wolf of Badenoch.

I am also a keen gardener and very knowledgeable about plants and their medicinal properties, learning more all the time.

My other interest lies in the native wildlife, both terrestrial and marine.

Andrew MacDonald CPD
Based in : Inverness
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

Coach Tours, Extended Coach Tours, Extended Driver Guiding.  Interested in Folklore & Music; Outlander; Scottish History.

Driver guide, owns 2 Mercedes executive saloons and owns Mercedes 8-seater.  Andrew MacDonald is the founder of Hame Tours.  He is well known in local circles as a Folk Singer.  Throughout his career he has worked in publishing and has been involved in the production of guide books of the Highlands and Islands.  For 50 years he has travelled extensively in Scotland and knows the area intimately, although the Highlands has always been his home. Andrew can guide all major Scottish attractions, his specialities are Scottish history, culture, linking traditional music relevances and Jacobite associations.  Andrew has extensively worked as an Outlander guide across Scotland and can provide a range of vehicles if necessary.   Fully insured and has enhanced discosure as a professional driver.

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.

Iain Hay CPD
Based in : Grantown-on-Spey, Moray
Languages spoken : ENGLISH, German

Half- and full day coach, wildlife walking
Specialities: Strathspey Walks, Jacobites, Distilleries

From early days youth-hostelling in the Highlands I have enjoyed climbing and for 50 years I have skied in Scotland and the Alps. I have produced booklets selling in Grantown Museum: “Battle of Cromdale, End of the 1st Jacobite War in the Highlands” and provided Gaelic Meanings for OS Explorers 418 & 419 (with Neil Campbell’s help). As Customs & Excise Officer I worked in over 60 distilleries; later I collected game from Sporting Estates. I have experience of leading Germans walking in Strathspey and enjoyed conversation auf Deutsch. I enjoy living in the Highlands and sharing that experience with visitors.

George Munro CPD
Based in : Dingwall, Ross & Cromarty
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

1 day & extended coach;  driver-guiding

Specialities: Northern & Western Isles (including Skye), distilleries, history (Outlander) and Photography.

I was born in the Spey side town of Grantown of a long established Highland family, and have spent all my life in and around the County town of Dingwall, on the Cromarty Firth. I am interested in the Highlands both historically and for its future prosperity. My long career in Local Government has seen me travel extensively throughout the Highlands and the Islands of the North and West and I am anxious to pass on local first-hand information I have gained to visitors to the area. I would be particularly happy to discuss with prospective visitors what they would like to see as part of their tour.

Sonya Fairhurst CPD
Based in : Culloden Moor, Inverness
Languages spoken : ENGLISH, Spanish

1/2 day/ full day / year round

Born and raised in the Highlands, I have spent many happy hours roaming its unique landscapes and listening to its people. My interests are broad and my goal as a guide is to teach and to entertain in equal measure. I hope to be like a fine Scottish whisky, improving with age while instilling visitors with feelings of warmth towards my bonnie Scotland.

Daniel Sauder Tyler
Based in : Nairn
Languages spoken : SWISS-GERMAN, GERMAN, English. French, Italian

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

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.

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.

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