About The Highlands of Scotland Tour Guide Association (HOSTGA)

HOSTGA is an association of self-employed, qualified tour guides. To ensure top quality service, our guides are trained in all aspects of tour guiding. We keep our skills and knowledge up-to date, always looking for the best ways to streamline our tours to satisfy our clients’ needs.

Our guides are trained by:

  • Highlands of Scotland Tour Guide Association hostga-icon.png
  • Scottish Tour Guide Association Blue Badge stga-blue-icon.png
  • Scottish Tour Guide Association Green Badge stga-green-icon.png
  • Continuing Professional Development scheme participants have cpd-icon.png after their names.

Our guides also hold public liability insurance and operate under the Scottish Legal System.

Knowledgeable, sincere and passionate about our work, by adding the human touch, we are here to help make your visit a success!

HOSTGA is disability aware; enquire with your guide if you require particular information regarding access to visitor attractions.


To download a copy of the HOSTGA Guide directory in PDF format please click the link below

HOSTGA Guide directory for 2024

HOSTGA Services

The Highlands of Scotland Tour Guide Association (HOSTGA) provides a specialist service for coach tour operators; conference delegates; incentive groups; cruise ship operators & agents; and of course to individuals & families coming to the Highlands. We are nearly all based in the Highlands – the few who aren’t have lived long periods here – and some of us also have specialist knowledge of the Islands including the Outer Hebrides, Orkney and Skye.

HOSTGA members have undertaken training in all aspects of guiding. We keep our skills and knowledge sharpened with a programme of lectures and training outings in the off-season months; so we have the latest views on local culture, history, geology and architecture, as well as being up-to-date with things for visitors to see and do both within the Highlands and beyond.

The letters CPD indicate that the guide has participated in our Continuing Professional Development scheme for the current year.

HOSTGA guides are here to help you – to use their knowledge and experience of Scotland and particularly the Highlands to make your time here a success by giving you that all important “feel” for this, our country.

HOSTGA guides carry public liability insurance.

All guides speak English and many also speak other languages.

2022 HOSTGA Guides Directory is available for Download Here.

About Tour Guide Training with HOSTGA

HOSTGA last ran a training course 2022-2023. Our next training course is currently in the planning stage and is expected to satart in September 2024. Should you be interested in hearing more about the course please drop us an email through the Contact Administration link below.