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Melissa MacDonald CPD
Based in : City of Inverness
Languages spoken : ENGLISH, Gaelic

Day / half-day tours; extended tours; driver-guiding.  Interested in Folklore & Music; Outlander; Scottish History.

Melissa MacDonald is passionate about the Highlands and Islands and in showing off its people, culture and beauty.  Melissa is happy to organise trips and be very flexible to guests including active family tour planning. Extended tours to locations outwith the Highlands and Islands also possible by prior arrangement, particularly for Outlander locations. As a parent to young children Melissa understands the importance of pace for family tours in particular and is happy to be flexible on the day to requests and to last minute changes.  Melissa is an Outlander fan and has done many tours for fans of the series and books and is a Gaelic speaker also.  Particularly interested in Scottish life, it’s people, politics, communities and culture, Melissa is also very interested in the Highland clearances and in the Gaelic language today.   Melissa has access to a range of vehicles, fully insured for driver guiding and is disclosure checked also.  She can accommodate people in Mercedes executive saloons and in larger vehicles seating up to 8 people.

Brigitte Geddes CPD – Committee Member
Based in : Ardgay, Sutherland
Languages spoken : GERMAN, ENGLISH,and interpretation of most Gaelic placenames

Day Coach, Driver Guiding, Extended Driver Guiding in partnership with Frank van Duivenbode (listed under English-speaking guides)

Specialities:
Outlander Trail; Highland Lore and Legend; Environment and Heritage; Pictish Trail.

Spezialgebiete:
faszinierende Gärten, Schlösser und atemberaubende Landschaften; das wildromantische Schottland; vorgeschichtliche Piktensteine;Outlander-Schauplätze, Clan Touren, Castle Touren

Autor: Photobuch ‘Garden and Wild Flora’ (2016); ‘Fortingall Yew – Memories of an Oldtimer’ (2017) … über die älteste Eibe Europas

Rheinländerin, seit 1973 in den schottischen Highlands tief verwurzelt. Jahrzehntelang als Konferenzdolmetscherin/technische Übersetzerin gearbeitet. Mit meinem verstorbenen Mann habe ich lange auf schottischen Jagdsportgütern gelebt und bin daher ausgiebig vertraut mit dem heutigen Landleben und wie die Menschen früher hier gelebt haben. Meinjahrelanges, breitgefächertesStudium (BA Honours, BSc Honours, MSc) hat mir tiefgreifende Kenntnisse von Fauna und Flora, Geschichte, Vorgeschichte und des modernen Lebens vermittelt. Unerschütterliche Begeisterung für unsere zauberhafte und vielerorts dramatische Landschaft. Privattouren zu den beeindruckenden Piktensteinen des 6.-9. Jhdts, Leuchttürmen im Norden des schottischen Festlands sowie Touren auf Skye- in Partnerschaft mit Frank van Duivenbode. Meine Lieblingstour: Schlossgärten, alte Waldbestände und andere botanische Kostbarkeiten. Sollten Sie schottische Vorfahren haben, fahren wir Sie gern dorthin, wo sie gelebt haben. Auf Wunsch setzen wir Sie auch gern mit Genealogen in Verbindung. Falls Sie in den schottischen Highlands den Bund fürs Leben schließen möchten, führen wir Sie gern auf eine Erkundungsreise.

Raised in Germany, I have been very much at home in Scotland since my marriage in 1973. Spent more than two decades living on remote sporting estates with my (late) Highland (stalker/gamekeeper) husband and family in Argyll, the Borders and Caithness, working in broadcasting, marketing and as conference interpreter and technical translator. In latter years, living in beautiful Sutherland, I much enjoyed studying Scotland’s history, archaeology, flora and fauna in three degree courses. My heart is firmly committed to the Highlands, and I enjoy sharing some of its secrets with passengers from all over the world. My tours are peppered with topical snippets of information and grounded in thorough research. In partnership with Frank van Duivenbode, I can offer you tours of castle and botanic gardens, ancient woodlands, coastal lighthouses as well as tours of the legendary island of Skye.
Provided you do the preparatory genealogical research, we can take you on a custom-made trail of your clan or your ancestors. If you want to get married in the Scottish Highlands, we’re happy to explore some options with you.

Author: Photobook of Garden and Wild Flora (2016); Fortingall Yew – Memories of an Oldtimer (2017)

Rosana Lambie CPD
Based in : Dulnain Bridge, Morayshire
Languages spoken : SPANISH, English

½ day / 1 day / year-round

Specialities: British and Hispanic literature, multicultural matters

The fascination with Scotland started as a student of English, back in Argentina where I originally come from. Little did I know then, that a few years later, I would be living in the heart of the Highlands, having such a wonderful landscape at my doorstep. Since moving here in 2002 I have been working as an interpreter for various whisky companies which organise whisky tours as part of their PR activities.
Over the next few years, my knowledge about Scottish history and culture increased and, Spanish being my mother tongue, I soon started guiding Spanish-speaking groups of tourists around the area, hoping they feel as fascinated with this wonderful place as I still do.

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.

Susan Erasmus CPD
Based in : Inverness area
Languages spoken : German, English, AFRIKAANS

Day Coach – available August and early September

I was born in South Africa, where I taught German as Foreign Language in secondary schools for 18 years and regularly organised and accompanied educational language tours to Germany. After moving to Scotland, I first worked as a guide in the Castle of Mey in Northern Scotland. Since 2013 I have been guiding (mostly) German-speaking groups from Invergordon, Ullapool and Scrabster. I find the Highlands of Scotland unique and fascinating in so many ways and would love to accompany you on a day / half day tour.

Ich bin von den schottischen Highlands und dem Leben in Schottland total begeistert und würde Sie gern auf einem Tagesausflug durch die reizende Gegend begleiten. Bis dann!

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

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.

Konstanze Tack CPD – (CPDs)
Based in : Inverness
Languages spoken : GERMAN, English

Half day / full day / extended / year-round
Speciality: Cultural & Garden tours throughout Scotland, mainland and islands, can be bilingual.

German-born – Scottish by Design since 1991.
Enthusiastic, entertaining and knowledgeable guide bringing Scotland to Life – with history, modern life and stories. Also a trained garden designer,  keen photographer’s eye reveals the beauty of Scotland.

Ursprünglich aus Deutschland brachte die Liebe zum Land sie 1991 nach Schottland. Enthusiastisch, unterhaltsam mit vielseitigen Kenntnissen. Lebendiges Schottland: Geschichte und heutiges mit Legenden, Anekdoten und wissenswertem zu Schottland. Gartenreisen eine weitere Spezialität, da Konstanze eine Zusatzausbildung in Gartendesign hat. Mehrtägige, auch zweisprachige Reisen durch ganz Schottland, inklusive Inseln – das Auge der begeisterten Fotografin erschliesst die Schönheit des Landes.

Rosemary Dempster CPD
Based in : Tomatin, Inverness-shire
Languages spoken : ENGLISH, German

Half-day/ whole day / year-round

Born in Oban and brought up on the Isle of Skye, I graduated from Aberdeen University in 1990 with a degree in German Studies and subsequently lived and worked in Germany for a few years before returning to the Highlands where I now live in the Monadhliath Mountains with my family. I offer day tours and like to share with my guests some of the history of our country as well as information on life in Scotland today.

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.

John Hart CPD
Based in : Nairn, Highland Region
Languages spoken : ENGLISH, Spanish

½ day / 1 day / extended

Specialities: British & Latin American/Spanish History especially Royal Navy/Military

Born in Edinburgh but spent formative years in Argentina and Chile returning to study in the UK (1958) and joining the Royal Navy (1964-93). As a bi-lingual Spanish speaker I qualified as an RN Spanish Interpreter and was very active in this role after the Argentine surrender at end of the Falkland Islands conflict in 1982. Returned to Scotland in 2007 but have been visiting the Highlands for the past 40 years as am married to a Campbell. Have now been guiding for a few years and have thoroughly enjoyed showing Spanish-speaking tourists the beauty and the history of this region.

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