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Robert Wylie CPD
Based in : Edderton, Ross & Cromarty
Languages spoken : ENGLISH, French

HOSTGA

Day Coach, Extended Coach

The Highlands have been my home for twenty five years. Trained as an accountant I spent many years working and travelling in foreign parts. I now have the pleasure of showing my wild and beautiful country to visitors. I live in a paradise with the mountains and moorland to look over me and the birds and the animals to keep me company. Let me show you the Highlands.
Interests: History, Economics, Politics, Languages, Walking and Wildlife

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

HOSTGA

Day Coach, Extended Coach, Driver Guiding
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.

Range of vehicles from 2-7 seats.

Jenny McBain
Based in : Ullapool
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

STGA

Green Badge

½ day / 1 day / year-round /Driver guiding

Birgit Mackie CPD
Based in : City of Inverness
Languages spoken : GERMAN, English

HOSTGA

½ day / 1 day / school holidays only

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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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.

Brigitte Geddes CPD – Committee Member
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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Helen Fairhurst-Barlocher CPD
Based in : Culloden Moor, Inverness
Languages spoken : GERMAN, English

HOSTGA

1/2 day/ full day / year round

I was born in Zürich in Switzerland and worked there for a few years as a primary school teacher. In 1978 I moved to the Scottish Highlands and have worked as a tour guide since 1983. I like to let my guests have an insight of life in Scotland past and present and answer all their questions be they in German, Swiss German or English.

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.

Laura Moon CPD – Committee Member
Based in : City of Inverness
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

HOSTGA

½ day / 1 day /Extended /Driver-guiding with own six-seat vehicle

Specialities :- Driver Guiding, Walking Tours, mountaineering, nature, visual arts

Born and raised in a town south of Glasgow called East Kilbride but realizing I was spending too much time traveling to the Highlands for recreation, I decided to move here full time in 2003. Inverness has given me a fantastic way of life. The thing I love about living here is the easy access to some stunning and historically interesting places. I don’t have to go far to find something that makes my heart glad. Having a personal relationship with the area means that I can show you these places & entertain you with historical background that gives you a genuine flavour for the area.
My touring cars are a Mercedes Viano and a Hyundai i800. They carry up to seven passengers, these are roomy cars which are fully air conditioned. All of Scotland covered, Driver-guiding and ‘hop on’

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