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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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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
Mairi Telfer CPD
Based in : Nairn, Highland
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

HOSTGA

Day / half-day tours; all year. Speciality: Scottish history

A Highlander by upbringing, my working life has taken me all over the area. Formerly a careers advisor, I combine a keen interest in present day Highland social life and economy with a lifelong love of our beautiful environment and an abiding interest in its complex and fascinating history. I love welcoming people to the area and look forward to sharing some part of the Highland story/journey with you.

Johanna Schuster CPD
Based in : Foyers, Inverness-shire
Languages spoken : GERMAN, English

STGA

½ day / 1 day / extended / year-round

Originally from Offenbach/Germany, I moved to Scotland in 1994, trained with the Scottish Tour Guide Association, and have been guiding since 1995. While in the past my work predominantly comprised extended tours I now mainly guide day tours in the Highlands as well as the occasional 2-3 day tour. I am experienced in a wide variety of tours (general interest/study/agricultural etc.) and it is important to me to tailor my guiding to the groups’ particular needs. I especially enjoy sharing with my groups what it is like to live in this wonderful country.

J. Grant Gebbie CPD
Based in : Edinburgh
Languages spoken : ENGLISH, German

HOSTGA

½ day / 1 day / extended / UK

My speciality is the German market, but I also take on other groups. I look after many parties coming into Scotland, and am flexible with the meeting place. I will don the traditional Scottish outfit for you. I can guide you in the main cities and countryside of Scotland, and have a special interest in theology, so I can do an interesting church tour for you. I have some Scottish poetry in German, which you might find interesting. But I can do most types of tour: castles, lochs, whisky, mountains, cities, etc. I may even have some shortbread. Just let me know.

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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Irene Manson CPD
Based in : Forres, Moray
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

HOSTGA

Day Coach.
Specialities: Farming, Education, Environment

Having lived on the Moray Firth coast all my life, the last 37 years on a Morayshire farm, one of my interests is based in a rural setting. That along with a career in education has equipped me with the skills to share knowledge of the Highlands of Scotland with guests from home and abroad. I enjoy curling, golfing, walking and travelling along with voluntary work with lots of different people. I enjoy meeting guests from home and abroad.

Paola Faricelli
Based in : Skye
Languages spoken : ITALIAN/ English/ French

STGA

½ day / 1 day / year-round
Marion Davidson CPD
Based in : Elgin
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

HOSTGA

Day / half-day tours.  Interested in Outlander.

Born and brought up in Scotland, I have lived in the North East for most of my life. Having a background in primary education and therefore being a bit of a Jack of all trades, I now enjoy meeting, welcoming and sharing my knowledge on a range of subjects with visitors to our shores. I am passionate about Scotland; its history, culture scenery and the wonderful produce that it provides. I want the people that I guide to experience the best of Scotland.  When not guiding, walking, socialising or travelling I am usually in the kitchen creating dishes with the superb larder Scotland provides.

Julia Mackintosh
Based in : City of Inverness
Languages spoken : ENGLISH, French, German

HOSTGA

½ day / 1 day / weekends all year + school holidays
Specialities: Highland and Scottish history & culture

I was born and brought up in the Highlands. I graduated with an honours degree in French and German from the University of Glasgow. During this time, I spent a year teaching English as a Foreign Language Assistant in Paris and a term at the University of Bamberg in Bavaria. Since 1995, I have been Principal Teacher of Languages in the Department of a large secondary school in the Highlands.

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

HOSTGA

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.

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