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All guides speak English and many also speak 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 Lyons CPD
Based in : Inverness
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

HOSTGA

1 day / extended
Speciality – Scottish History

As well as having a degree from the University of the Highlands and Islands in Scottish History and Politics, I have been a member of the Historic Saltire society for 15 years bringing history to life playing the parts of Robert Bruce, William Wallace and the Wolf of Badenoch amongst others. I am also the society’s Heraldry Guildmaster and a keen calligrapher.

Caroline Cameron CPD – Committee Member (Lectures and Outings)
Based in : Tain, Ross & Cromarty
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

HOSTGA

Day and half-day tours, year-round.  
Specialities: Archaeology/Prehistory, Folklore & Music, Natural world, Scottish History

Born and brought up in the Highlands I am passionate about all things Scottish and just love any opportunity to share this with visitors. The beauty, the history, an insight into everyday life past and present and of course the legends. Nothing like a good story to give a flavour of the place and the people. I love to show Scotland’s historical landmarks as well as the many, many hidden gems that are out there to be discovered and enjoyed.

I was a teacher in the Highlands. I chose a career in education because I wanted to share knowledge, because I love working with people and because I like to entertain, they do say teaching is not far removed from acting! I love meeting new people.

My other interests include travel, walking, theatre, reading, cooking, entertaining and gardening.

Donald Morrison
Based in : City of Inverness
Languages spoken : ENGLISH, German, Italian, French

HOSTGA

½ day / 1 day / extended / year-round

Having spent my early life in the Highlands and Islands, I had the very good fortune to have had parents, with whom I travelled over this whole expanse from a very young age, which instilled and encouraged a great love and curiosity in me. To this day, I have great pleasure in imparting this knowledge to visitors of many backgrounds and nationalities. I have spent many years living in Austria, Italy and Switzerland, in addition to having had a long career in Middle-Eastern trade finance in London and the South-East of England.
A Highlander of European pedigree
Ein Hochländer europäischer Rasse
Un highlander di razza europea
Un highlander de rasse européene

Irene Harris CPD
Based in : Elgin, Morayshire
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

HOSTGA

½ day / 1 day
Specialities:  Scottish culture & history, Land use & wildlife

Graduate of the University of Edinburgh. Taught in Edinburgh and Morayshire. Lived in West Africa in 1980’s and travelled extensively. I have always been passionate about Scottish Culture, especially its music. My interest in Scotland’s history lies in particular with early peoples and historic buildings. Living in rural surroundings I have a good knowledge of local flora and fauna.

Alison Scott CPD
Based in : Edderton, Ross & Cromarty
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

HOSTGA

Half day / 1 day / Extended tours.

I moved to the Highlands of Scotland from London with my young family 12 years ago and have never regretted it.  I enjoy meeting people and sharing the culture, the environment and the history of Scotland.

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.

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

HOSTGA

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.

Iain A. R. Tait CPD – Committee Member (Webmaster)
Based in : City of Inverness
Languages spoken : ENGLISH, French

HOSTGA

Day Tours / Extended Coach Tours / Driver Guiding (Vehicle rented as required)
Interests:  Archaeology, Pre-History, Natural History, Landscape, Photography

After many years in France, on the Riviera and Ski Resorts in both countries, I returned to the Highlands
where I trained with Hostga to become a tour guide in order to use my knowledge of the French language.
My careers include Landscape Gardening, Photography and Villa Management on the French Riviera.
I wish to share my passion for Nature and Photography with visitors for Highland Tours.

Excursions d’une journée/longues excursions en autocar/Chauffeur-guide (Véhicule loué au besoin)
Intérêts Particuliers: Archéologie, Préhistoire, Highlands, Flore et Faune, Paysage, Photographie

Après 35 ans en France, sur la Côte d’Azur ou j’ai fait du Jardinage, de la Photographie et Régisseur de villa, je suis retourné en Écosse pour devenir guide touristique afin d’utiliser mes connaissance en langue Française.
Je souhaite partager mes passion pour la nature et la photographie avec les visiteurs Francophone pour les excursions autour les Highlands et les Îles, soit en autocars, soit en voiture.
Frank van Duivenbode CPD
Based in : Ardgay, Sutherland
Languages spoken : ENGLISH

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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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.

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