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Sandy Mitchell CPD
Based in : Avoch, Ross & Cromarty
Languages spoken : ENGLISH, German, French, Dutch

½ day / 1 day / extended / year-round

Specialities: Driver guide, walking, wildlife, PCV Licence holder

I have been a tour guide for almost 30 years. For 22 of these I operated my own holiday business, offering walking, wildlife and Scottish history trips – in the Scottish Highlands and Islands, Ireland and south-west USA.
I speak German, French and some Dutch. I have a full (D) bus licence and so can offer driver-guided tours in almost any size of vehicle. I also offer group and individual hiking programmes including special topics such as bird-watching, wildflowers, local history, the Picts, Scottish literature, castles and gardens. My other interests include Scottish heritage, dialects and literature, photography and geology.

Rhona Bean CPD
Based in : Inverness
Languages spoken : ENGLISH, French

½ day / 1 day / extended / year-round / driver-guiding
STGA Blue Badge Guide. Speciality: Scottish History and Culture

Born in Inverness and educated in England, I have spent more than half my life in the N.E. of Scotland. I have always worked with people and love showing visitors the beauties of Scotland and giving them an insight into our history and culture. Whilst training to be a guide, I worked on the open top buses taking people to Culloden, Cawdor Castle and Fort George and in a local winery which makes wines from the products of the countryside. I am a keen hill-walker and have travelled extensively in many countries thereby learning about other cultures.
At university, I studied French and Spanish and am qualified to guide in French. Having trained as a Blue Badge guide, I am happy to guide anywhere in Scotland and particularly enjoy extended tours but also city walking tours and driver-guiding.

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

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.

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)

Elspeth McLean CPD
Based in : Edinburgh
Languages spoken : ENGLISH, French, British Sign Language level 2

Day and half-day tours, year-round.

I was born and have lived most of my life in the Highlands, although raised and educated in other areas of Scotland too, from the Orkney Isles to Edinburgh where I am now based. My family roots tap into Scotland’s rich traditional heritage. The whisky stills you see in many of the famous Scottish distilleries were once made by my grandfather whose company name still appears on them all. My love of the outdoors and playing golf came from my Highland golf professional grandfather in Dornoch. I grew up in a family of bagpipe players and enjoy music, learning fiddle and clarsach (Scottish harp).

I’ve many years experience as a tour designer, creating and organising personal special interest tours of Scotland, Ireland and France including Outlander tours.

It’s a real pleasure meeting people and a delight to share my enthusiasm and knowledge of Scotland’s history, culture, legends, secrets and natural beauty with visitors.

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.

Ulrike Davies CPD
Based in : City of Inverness
Languages spoken : GERMAN, English

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.

Sonya Fairhurst CPD
Based in : Culloden Moor, Inverness
Languages spoken : ENGLISH, Spanish

1/2 day/ full day / year round

Born and raised in the Highlands, I have spent many happy hours roaming its unique landscapes and listening to its people. My interests are broad and my goal as a guide is to teach and to entertain in equal measure. I hope to be like a fine Scottish whisky, improving with age while instilling visitors with feelings of warmth towards my bonnie Scotland.

Robyn Jobson
Based in : Caithness, Northern Highlands
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

STGA Green Badge
Half day, Full day, Extended, Year round, Step on guiding, Driver guiding.

I have lived in and loved the Scottish highlands for fifteen years. A second generation Australian, born into a long line of Scots who maintained the strong traditions and culture of Scotland. My love affair with the ancestral homeland began nearly forty years ago during a back packer holiday here. After many holidays here through the years after, I could not withstand ‘the pull’ any longer and became one of the returning diaspora in 2003. Having tour guided in Australia, Britain and Europe part time I made the move to gain my Scottish accreditation and thoroughly enjoy sharing the history and beauty of Scotland. I specialise in shore excursions from cruise ships, genealogy and research tours, Outlander tours and tours tailored to specific interests which include Scottish history, amazing mountains, glens and lochs, dramatic coastline and clan links to our turbulent history. My enduring interests are photography, travel and genealogy which I love to share with our guests!

David Munro
Based in : Nairn
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

STGA Regional Green Badge for the Northern Highlands,
Half-day / full day / Day & Extended Coach, Driver Guiding. 6 -seater & luxury 8 -seater available. Available all year.
Driver Guide in the Highlands and Moray
Regularly complimented as their ‘best tour guide by far’ or my tour being the ‘highlight’ of their trip my clients appreciate what I offer as a guide. Like a good malt whisky, a tour is about creating the very best blend of places, stories and scenery for you to enjoy; the castles, battlefields, the towns and villages and including the special, more hidden places along the way.
My tours are full of fascinating facts about the Highlands – contemporary and historical – plus wonderful folklore, myths and legends. You’ll hear riveting tales of all manner of Highland characters – good, bad and ugly – designed to capture your imagination and create lasting memories that you will treasure for many years to come.
I specialise in Outlander’ tours, Clan histories, Vikings, 5,000-year-old Stone Circles, enigmatic Celtic symbol stones and pagan healing wells. Also the real, ‘more saint than sinner,’ King Macbeth, the infamous, bloodthirsty Wolf of Badenoch and Highland witches, wizards and seers. Speyside Whisky Tours.
I love guiding walking tours of the medieval and modern towns of Nairn,Forres and Elgin –all close to Inverness and the city itself.These are my ancestral clan lands where I have lived for over 20 years I would be delighted to share them with you.

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