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Susan Harper CPD
Based in : Braemar, Aberdeenshire
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

Half day / 1 day / year-round.

Specialities: Hiking, Nature, Scottish History.

I have lived in the Scottish highlands on and off for over 30 years. For 12 of those years I lived in Chamonix in the French Alps, for I am not only a Tour Guide, but I am also a Mountain Guide and was one of the first British woman to stand on the summit of Mount Everest. Needless to say I love mountains, but particularly Scottish ones. Wherever I travel in the world I always long to be back here, for the Scottish landscape is where my heart resides. In particular I love the Gaelic language and the way it gives meaning to the landscape through place-names, giving an insight into the people who lived on and worked this beautiful land over the centuries.

Cosimo Imperiale CPD
Based in : Aviemore, Inverness-shire
Languages spoken : ITALIAN, English, Spanish, French

Half-, one- and two-day coach; year-round
Specialities: Angling, Wildlife

Born in Italy , worked in the hospitality industry in Germany, Switzerland and Italy. Worked as Catering Manager in one the largest Hotel Companies in the world (HILTON). Arrived in fair city of PERTH in early sixties , moved to Aviemore 1967,always interested in Scottish history, landscape, flora, fauna. Very keen Angler, with very good knowledge of the lives and cycles of the Atlantic Salmon and Sea trout.

Frank van Duivenbode CPD
Based in : Ardgay, Sutherland
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

½ day / 1 day / driver-guiding including extended tours / year-round;

Specialities: archaeology/prehistory, hiking, nature/wildlife.

I was born in Hastings (south coast of England) to a Dutch father and English mother. Being very keen on walking and camping in the Scottish hills, I managed to get my first job in the Highlands in 1972 and never looked back. The Scottish Highlands are my chosen home and I can never get enough of exploring its hills and mountains, river glens and straths carved out by the ice age. I love the fascinating combination of sandy beaches, breath-taking cliffs and wide-open horizons. Thanks to our changeable weather, it’s never dull here.

I carved out a career in tree surgery and forestry work which has given me wide and varied insights into Scottish land use and a keen interest in ancient trees. Owing to its relative lack of industrial development, the Scottish Highlands is an area rich in archaeological sites many of which are missed by the uninitiated on the usual tourist trail. Although not an expert in geology, I have an abiding interest in the rock formations that make up our countryside, but I’m also keen on sailing and have been able to enjoy coastal views from my boat. It won’t surprise you to hear that I love reading books about maritime history.

With my partner, Brigitte Geddes (see this website) I can take you on tours of islands such as Skye or Handa, the famous bird island (boat transfer at your own risk).

If you do the preparatory genealogical research, we can take you on a trail of your ancestors. I also offer walking tours and promise to look after you well. If you prefer, I can leave you in peace to absorb the sights, sounds and smells of the wild outdoors, or tell you about various plants, trees and animals we might spot on our way.

Anne Coombs
Based in : Dornoch
Languages spoken : ENGLISH
STGA Blue Badge
1/2 day, 1 day
John Lyons CPD
Based in : Inverness
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

1 day / extended

Speciality – Scottish History

As well as having a degree from the University of the Highlands and Islands in Scottish History and Politics, I have been a member of the Historic Saltire society for 15 years bringing history to life playing the parts of Robert Bruce, William Wallace and the Wolf of Badenoch amongst others. I am also the society’s Heraldry Guildmaster and a keen calligrapher.

Ulrike Davies CPD
Based in : City of Inverness
Languages spoken : GERMAN, English

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

The North East of Scotland has been my home since 1984. I moved here from Germany, my native country, being attracted by Scotland’s natural beauty and remoteness. Although I am an engineer by profession, I prefer working with people and have been intensely involved with group work in a variety of settings, here and abroad, ever since I moved here. I have travelled a lot, over extended periods of time, but always love returning home to Scotland. Here I am reminded that so many more treasures can be found right on my doorstep.

Trude Owen CPD
Based in : near Tain, Ross & Cromarty
Languages spoken : ENGLISH, German, French

Full and half-day tours, year round.

I am fortunate to be able to call the Highlands of Scotland my home. I take pride in helping guests from near and far get the most out of their time in the North of Scotland. Sometimes the small details make just as memorable an impression as the more well-known sights. Running a successful holiday accommodation business gives me the opportunity to meet and talk to visitors from many countries and to give them an insight into life and culture in the Highlands. As a French and German speaker this is always a pleasure and I guide mostly in German although English is my first language.

Food for me is one of the great joys of life and, when I can, I love to share my enthusiasm for cooking, local produce and wild food.

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.

Renate Chart CPD
Based in : Croy, Inverness-shire
Languages spoken : GERMAN, English

½ day / 1 day / extended / year-round

I was born and brought up in Düsseldorf, Germany. During my work with the Bank I was sent to the HLC Highland Language Center on the Black Isle to improve my English. I fell in love with the surrounding area. Also I found the Scots people very friendly and helpful. That made me more interested in learning about the history, fairy tales and the Clans.

 

Diana Bertoldi CPD – Committee Member (FaceBook)
Based in : Dingwall, Ross & Cromarty
Languages spoken : ITALIAN, English

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.

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