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Here we list all our guides.

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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Graham Hercus
Based in : Inverness
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

HOSTGA

half day / full day /year round
Susan Harper
Based in : Braemar, Aberdeenshire
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

HOSTGA

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.

Caroline Cameron CPD – Committee Member (Lectures and Outings)
Based in : Tain, Ross & Cromarty
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

HOSTGA

Day and half-day tours, year-round.  
Specialities: Archaeology/Prehistory, Folklore & Music, Natural world, Scottish History

Born and brought up in the Highlands I am passionate about all things Scottish and just love any opportunity to share this with visitors. The beauty, the history, an insight into everyday life past and present and of course the legends. Nothing like a good story to give a flavour of the place and the people. I love to show Scotland’s historical landmarks as well as the many, many hidden gems that are out there to be discovered and enjoyed.

I was a teacher in the Highlands. I chose a career in education because I wanted to share knowledge, because I love working with people and because I like to entertain, they do say teaching is not far removed from acting! I love meeting new people.

My other interests include travel, walking, theatre, reading, cooking, entertaining and gardening.

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.

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.
James Dunbar
Based in : Boat of Garten, Inverness-shire
Languages spoken : ENGLISH, German

HOSTGA

½ day / 1 day / extended / year-round
Specialities: Land Management, Farming, Forestry, Community Matters, IT

I started guiding in the mid 1980s and since then have largely dealt with German-speaking groups from Germany, Austria and Switzerland with the occasional English group. Back then these were mainly 7-day+ coach tours covering much of the UK but particularly Scotland (or Ireland) supplemented by occasional small driver guiding or larger incentive groups. Nowadays coach tours are shorter and concentrate more on Scotland and shore excursions from cruise ships calling at Scottish ports provide me with increasing business.
Whilst a guide is a jack of all trades my personal interests are Land Management/Farming/Forestry, Community Matters and IT.

I am a qualified Scottish Tour Guide Association Regional Affiliate.

Andrew Baxter CPD
Based in : Kinlochleven, Argyll
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

STGA

half day, full day, extended, year-round, step-on guiding, driver guide (vehicle hired according to client requirements)

Over 20 years ago I first fell in fell in love with the Highlands, when I started working in Morayshire and Speyside. I am now based on the West Coast just a few miles from Glencoe where I live with my wife and young family. Spare time is spent exploring the hidden Highlands with the kids, clambering over ruined castles, strolling along ancient paths or finding seashells along deserted beaches.

I am delighted to explore the country I am proud to call home with visitors from around the world. Helping them discover more about its landscape, legends and history.

There is so much to offer across the Scottish Highlands and I can help individuals, small groups, coach parties, and corporate clients to discover it. Whether you are looking for city tour of Inverness, a more in-depth tour of Culloden Battlefield and the Jacobites, a day excursion around beautiful Loch Ness, or an extended trip island hopping along the West Coast, I can help with a tailor-made tour.

Helen Fairhurst-Barlocher CPD
Based in : Culloden Moor, Inverness
Languages spoken : GERMAN, English

HOSTGA

1/2 day/ full day / extended tours up to 3 days / year round

I was born in Zürich in Switzerland and worked there for a few years as a primary school teacher. In 1978 I moved to the Scottish Highlands and have worked as a tour guide since 1983. I like to let my guests have an insight of life in Scotland past and present and answer all their questions be they in German, Swiss German or English.

Bruce Neilson CPD
Based in : Tain, Ross & Cromarty
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

HOSTGA

1 day / extended / year-round

I was born and brought up near Edinburgh and after a career in accountancy in southern England and the Middle East, retired to the Highlands.

Mo King
Based in : Kirkhill, Inverness-shire
Languages spoken : ENGLISH, French, Spanish

HOSTGA

½ day / 1 day / extended / from May to September

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