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All guides speak English and many also speak other languages.
HOSTGA qualified guides have HOSTGA after their names.
STGA qualified guides have STGA for Blue Badge for all of Scotland or STGA for Green Badge for the Northern Highlands after their names.

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Swenja Weber CPD – Committee Member (Vice-Chair) (FaceBook/Social Media)
Based in : Inverness
Languages spoken : GERMAN, English

HOSTGA

Day / half-day tours; all year.

I was born and raised in Detmold, Germany, where I started my career in hotel management and moved to Ireland before coming to Scotland in 2007.  After a while I started taking friends and family around the country and to all my favourite places, which got me interested in taking up tour guiding.  Over the years I have developed a keen interest and therefore knowledge in contemporary Scottish culture, castles, whisky, wildlife and Highland/Jacobite history.  I love the sheer beauty of the Scottish landscape, the rough mountain tops, deep lochs, beautiful coastal routes and wild moors and enjoy the opportunity to take a trip around the country any time.  My hope is that at the end of my tours my guests can understand and comprehend the love I feel for Scotland and why I have chosen it as my new home.

Fiona Newcombe
Based in : Forres
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

STGA

Half-day / full day / Extended, Walking Tour, Driver Guiding (please contact me to discuss your vehicle requirements) Available all year.

I am a STGA badge Green Badge for North and West Scotland, Moray and the Inner Hebrides. I guide across the Highlands, Moray and Aberdeenshire

I really enjoying sharing my love of Scotland and its history, natural heritage, people and stories. I’m based in the north of Scotland and have worked with wildlife for the last 20 years. I’m also an outdoor instructor and love sharing Scotland’s special places.

Marina Swanson CPD
Based in : Watten, Caithness
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

HOSTGA

Half- and full day coach tours. Walking tours. Year round.

I was born and brought up in a small crofting village near Plockton and have always expressed a great passion for my home, the Highlands of Scotland. After studying at Aberdeen University and travelling around different countries, I settled back in the Highlands, now living on a Caithness farm with my husband and two children. I have worked as a couuntryside ranger in the Caithness area for the last 16 years. This has given me valuable insight into the local wildlife, history and culture of the area.

Valeria Bellazzi CPD
Based in : London
Languages spoken : ITALIAN, English

STGA

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.
Tony Cowan Martin CPD
Based in : Grantown on Spey, Moray
Languages spoken : ENGLISH, German

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.

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.

Donald Morrison
Based in : City of Inverness
Languages spoken : ENGLISH, German, Italian, French

HOSTGA

½ day / 1 day / extended / year-round

Having spent my early life in the Highlands and Islands, I had the very good fortune to have had parents, with whom I travelled over this whole expanse from a very young age, which instilled and encouraged a great love and curiosity in me. To this day, I have great pleasure in imparting this knowledge to visitors of many backgrounds and nationalities. I have spent many years living in Austria, Italy and Switzerland, in addition to having had a long career in Middle-Eastern trade finance in London and the South-East of England.
A Highlander of European pedigree
Ein Hochländer europäischer Rasse
Un highlander di razza europea
Un highlander de rasse européene

Adrian Owen CPD
Based in : Edderton, Ross & Cromarty
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

HOSTGA

½ day / 1 day / extended / year-round; driver-guiding
Specialities: Wildlife, Prehistory, Scottish History

Since moving to the North Highlands I have become passionate about the area and find nothing more enjoyable than sharing my knowledge with those wishing to enjoy this magnificent land. Having explored the area for many years, I like to share not only the splendid attractions but also the hidden gems that are often just off the main road. As a keen ornithologist I never cease to be amazed by the rich birdlife the area attracts. I have a keen interest in how the area developed from the Bronze Age through the Picts and Vikings up to the more recent times. Running a very successful self-catering holiday lodge business I am always ready to give advice to help all visitors get the utmost from the time spent in this wonderful part of Scotland and offer private tours tailored to individual needs and requirements.

Rhona Moir CPD – Committee Member (Chair)
Based in : City of Inverness
Languages spoken : ENGLISH, French, German

HOSTGA

Day and half-day tours.

Born and raised in southern Scotland, I have lived in the Highlands for more than 30 years, where I have worked for both the National Trust for Scotland (at Culloden Battlefield) and for the Highland Council, building my local knowledge and developing a keen interest in all things Highland, old and new. I have long enjoyed sharing my love of this beautiful area with visitors from different parts of the world.

Julia Mackintosh
Based in : City of Inverness
Languages spoken : ENGLISH, French, German

HOSTGA

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.

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