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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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John Mackay CPD
Based in : Invergordon, Ross & Cromarty
Languages spoken : ENGLISH, French, German

HOSTGA

Day and extended tours, available all year.
Interests: Folklore and music; Scottish History

Having been born and brought up in the Highlands and Islands I have a deep and genuine interest in the history, culture and landscape of my homeland. After a lifetime spent teaching and being in administration in a large secondary school in the Highlands I look forward to sharing my country with visitors. A real Mackay, I am proud to wear my kilt!

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

HOSTGA

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.

Elizabeth MacKay CPD
Based in : City of Inverness
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

HOSTGA

Day coach / Extended driver-guiding.

Welcome to our stunning country.  I am Highland bred, my love for my country knows no bounds.  I have an on-going passion to learn the mystery and history of The Highlands of Scotland.  I look forward to meeting you so we can explore The Highlands together.

Rhona Moir CPD – Committee Member (Chair)
Based in : City of Inverness
Languages spoken : ENGLISH, French, German

HOSTGA

Day and half-day tours.

Born and raised in southern Scotland, I have lived in the Highlands for more than 30 years, where I have worked for both the National Trust for Scotland (at Culloden Battlefield) and for the Highland Council, building my local knowledge and developing a keen interest in all things Highland, old and new. I have long enjoyed sharing my love of this beautiful area with visitors from different parts of the world.

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.

Donald Fisher CPD – Committee Member
Based in : Scourie, north-west Sutherland
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

HOSTGA

½ day / 1 day / year-round
Specialities: Hiking, nature & the environment, Scottish history.

I’m Scottish and have had the privilege to live in the Highlands of Scotland since 1972. I love everything about here – the fascinating and turbulent history, the varied wildlife and nature, the cultural heritage, the amazing views and landscape and, of course, the wonderful people. As a Chartered Geologist and the former Geologist for the Highlands, I am especially well placed to tell you a wee bit about our rocks and the dramatic landscapes and their origins. I’m very much a “people person” and I look forward to welcoming you and introducing you to our wonderful Highlands, our history and culture, and to showing you the natural wonders of our amazing and unspoilt environment.

Andrew MacDonald CPD
Based in : Inverness
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

HOSTGA

Coach Tours, Extended Coach Tours, Extended Driver Guiding.  Interested in Folklore & Music; Outlander; Scottish History.

Driver guide, owns 2 Mercedes executive saloons and owns Mercedes 8-seater.  Andrew MacDonald is the founder of Hame Tours.  He is well known in local circles as a Folk Singer.  Throughout his career he has worked in publishing and has been involved in the production of guide books of the Highlands and Islands.  For 50 years he has travelled extensively in Scotland and knows the area intimately, although the Highlands has always been his home. Andrew can guide all major Scottish attractions, his specialities are Scottish history, culture, linking traditional music relevances and Jacobite associations.  Andrew has extensively worked as an Outlander guide across Scotland and can provide a range of vehicles if necessary.   Fully insured and has enhanced discosure as a professional driver.

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.

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

HOSTGA

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)
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Jan Keith CPD
Based in : Muir of Ord, Ross & Cromarty
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

HOSTGA

½ day / 1 day /  year-round
Specialities: Cruise Ships, Gardens

I have 10 years experience of tour guiding working at home and abroad working with all age groups, large and small.
These include all forms of guiding e.g. Welcome Services, Planning Itineraries, Escorting Groups, Scenic railway tours, golfing groups, distilleries, castles and gardens, historic sites, local wildlife, and working with cruise liner tours both on shore and on board. I also arrange entertainment packages to include traditional music, song and dance – haggis, neeps etc!

My own interests include singing, travel, cooking, the theatre, making knitted toys and walking with my 3 dogs . I’m a people person with a good sense of fun!

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