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All guides speak English and /or 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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Jonathan Willet
Based in : Maryburgh, Ross & Cromarty
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

STGA

½ day / 1 day / extended; driver-guiding
Specialities: Wildlife and Walking

I am Lowlander by birth but a Highlander by inclination. I started my guiding career in 1995 with two years at Aigas Field Centre, just outside Inverness. I continued guiding groups in my various jobs after that. I moved back to the Highlands in 2005 and in March 2006 I started Red Kite Tours.
My main interest is wildlife guiding, but soon after I started guiding I realised no wildlife in Scotland lives beyond the influence of people. So I needed to understand the history, folklore, geology and place names of the Highlands to successfully interpret the exceptional landscape and wildlife found here to my guests.

Jenny McBain
Based in : Ullapool
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

STGA

½ day / 1 day / year-round /Driver guiding
Ulrike Davies CPD
Based in : City of Inverness
Languages spoken : GERMAN, English

HOSTGA

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.

Ian W. M. Fraser
Based in : Muir of Ord, Ross & Cromarty
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

HOSTGA

½ day / 1 day

I was born and brought up in the beautiful, fertile and historic Black Isle just north of the city of Inverness. I have always had an interest in local history and culture, and as an engineer I’ve watched the developing industries make use of our geography and natural resources. Sit back and let me tell you what’s made us the ‘Highlanders’ who we are today.

Frank van Duivenbode CPD
Based in : Ardgay, Sutherland
Languages spoken : ENGLISHand interpretation of most Gaelic placenames

HOSTGA

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

Specialities:
Spectacular routes; ancient forts and magnificent castles; Neolithic cairns, standing stones from various ages and a trail of the amazing carved stones of the Pictish era; ancient woodlands and forests; native animals, birds and plants.

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 is 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. One of my hobbies is sailing and I have enjoyed many splendid coastal views from my boat. It won’t surprise you to hear that I love reading non-fiction literature about maritime history, whilst my favourite novelist is Patrick O’Brian.
With my partner, Brigitte Geddes, I can take you on spectacular tours of the Highlands including Skye. We can also arrange castle tours, garden tours and Outlander tours for you or take you on a trip exploring the history of your clan. Provided you do the preparatory genealogical research, we can take you on a trail of your very own ancestors.
If you are interested, we can give you lots of information on country life and the wild outdoors introducing you to our dramatic mountains, and our fascinating range of plants, trees and animals some of which we might spot on our way. I think that it is also important to give you moments of calm enabling you to enjoy the memorable sounds and sights of the Highlands and Islands.

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Chris Williams CPD – Committee Member (Minutes Secretary)
Based in : Invergordon, Ross & Cromarty
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

HOSTGA

Half-day / full day / extended coach

Having lived in the Highlands, both in Wester and Easter Ross, for over thirty years, and having taken early retirement from music teaching, I am enjoying using my knowledge of the Highlands by introducing visitors to local places of interest. My personal interests, apart from music and music making, include photography, theatre and railways.

Inger Hallberg-Campbell
Based in : Inverness
Languages spoken : SWEDISH/ Norwegian/ Danish/ English

HOSTGA

½ day / 1 day / extended tours/ year-round

I was born and brought up in Sweden, where I studied and graduated with a B.Sc.Soc degree from Örebro University; I have lived and worked in the United Kingdom since 1980. Most of this time has been spent in the Scottish Highlands. My love of travel has resulted in me working as a tour guide and interpreter for many years.
I am delighted to share my experiences of the country, which I now call home, in an enjoyable and relaxed manner.

Jag är född och uppvuxen i Sverige där jag studerade och tog examen med en B.Sc.Soc-examen från Örebro universitet. Jag har bott och arbetat i Storbritannien sedan 1980. Det mesta av denna tid har spenderats i Skotska höglandet. Min kärlek till resor har resulterat i att jag arbetat som tour guide och tolk i många år.
Jag är glad att dela med mig av landets erfarenheter, som jag nu kallar hem, på ett trevligt och avslappnat sätt.
Dave Fyfe
Based in : Nairn
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

HOSTGA

Day coach, Extended Coach, Driver Guiding, Rider Guiding (Motorbikes).  Specialities:  Driver and Rider guide, 7 seat Mercedes, Scottish History, Folklore and Culture.

Scotland is a land steeped in History, Myths and Legends everywhere you look. From prehistoric standing stones to the more ‘modern’ battlefields and castles of the 14th and 18th Centuries, this rich land has plenty of secrets hidden with her misty Glens and around her dark, mysterious Lochs. We would be delighted to offer you the chance to experience the ‘hidden’ past with a journey through the countryside into Scotland’s history, geography and culture, by taking a coach/driver/rider tour like no other!

Specialising in bringing Scotland’s rich history to life through Re-enactment and Living History for many years, we understand that by combining history and entertainment with the needs of our guests, we can offer tailor-made tours that we would want to experience on our holidays.

Whether it is the chance to capture some amazing photographs, find your favourite whisky at any of the stunning distilleries, or simply have the chance to relax as you walk, ride or are driven around the length and breadth of Scotland, we guarantee that you will go home enriched with memories that will last a lifetime.

Sheena Forsyth CPD
Based in : Beauly, Inverness-shire
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

HOSTGA

Day, half-day tours. Weekends and school holidays only.

I have lived in the Highlands for most of my life and have spent many years visiting and learning about the natural and cultural history. As a local Geography Teacher I’m good at presenting information and can offer a great Highland experience. Walks, wildlife, cultural or natural history can all be covered in an easy to understand manner. I look forward to guiding you in the Highlands.

Danny McCormack
Based in : Beauly, Inverness-shire
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

HOSTGA

Day Coach, Extended Coach, Driver Guiding
Range of vehicles from 2-7 seats.
Specialities: History, Myths, Legends and Outlander Tours

Driver-guide with over 30 years experience touring the Highlands and Islands with clients ranging from individuals to large groups. Personalised itineraries can be arranged to include all interests: rail travel, boat cruises, historic sites such as castles, battlefields and ancient monuments dating back 4,000 years. Distilleries and gardens can also be incorporated into your private tour.

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