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

STGA

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.

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.

Elspeth Guyan
Based in : Dunoon
Languages spoken : ENGLISH, French, German

Half day, full day, all year round

I worked as a guide at Inveraray Castle doing tours in French and German for several years. I have also worked as a coach tour guide in English, French and German for the last two years. I have always had a particular interest in history and it is very rewarding when you can bring it to life for other people and spark an enthusiasm for our beautiful country. Since I started to work as a guide, I have enjoyed learning about flora and fauna, archaeology and the geology of Scotland and sharing my knowledge of Scotland with visitors.
I was born in Paisley and have lived most of my adult life in Dunoon in Argyll. I graduated from Strathclyde University with a degree in French and went on to teach French for many years. I have since qualified in German and have a First-Class Honours in German from the University of the West of Scotland. I have maintained my fluency in French and German by attending courses at the Alliance Française and the Goethe Institut in Glasgow.

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.
Kirsten Schütz
Based in : Nairn
Languages spoken : ENGLISH, German, Spanish, French, Italian

Half day / full day / year round (no extended tours)

Born and brought up near Inverness with a geologist for a father, I learned from a young age to appreciate the landscapes of the Scottish Highlands. With a PhD in Scottish Literature, I returned to the area to take up a post at the University of the Highlands and Islands, before going on to pursue my interest in whisky and its production by working for several years as a Lead Guide at Glen Ord Distillery. Whether it is whisky or literature, landscape or history that you are interested in, I look forward to meeting you and sharing some of the enthusiasm that I feel for the wonderful place where I live.

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

HOSTGA

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.

Sandra Mercer CPD
Based in : Nairn, Highland
Languages spoken : ENGLISH, German, French, Italian

HOSTGA

Day and half-day, extended, year-round

I graduated with an honours degree in German and French from Aberdeen University, during which I spent an academic year at the University of Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, and went on to teach English in Lausanne, Switzerland. On my return to Scotland, I worked in the Scottish tourism industry at national and regional levels. Since moving to the Scottish Highlands in 1995, I have been tour guiding and lecturing in tourism. I specialise in German and French speaking markets, with a primary focus on cruise ships and corporate groups. Additionally, I act as local agent for ground-handlers organising shore excursions.

Alastair Dick
Based in : Dunfermline, Kingdom of Fife
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

HOSTGA

½ day / 1 day / extended / year-round
Specialities: Driver Guide, Walking Tours, Distilleries

Born in Glasgow, educated in Quality Engineering at Paisley University.
Lived and worked for many years in Highland Region.
Enjoy the mountains thru’ skiing and hill walking.
Passion for Scottish history.
Areas of guiding include Highlands, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Stirling.

Mandy Masson
Based in : Elgin
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

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.

John Lyons CPD
Based in : Inverness
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

HOSTGA

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.

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