Alison Reid

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Hi  -  I was born and brought up in Glasgow, and have lived and worked since then in many parts of this fantastic country of Scotland – as a student at St Andrews in Fife, and in working in  local museums  in Edinburgh, Perth and Kinross,  Wigtownshire, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire and back in Glasgow  - before escaping to become a Scotland-wide  Blue Badge tourist guide!
I started out with a passion for archaeology and history, but you can’t understand either of these without the context of place, and you can’t get that without being there – seeing how a mountain range restricts communication, farming and population; how the tidal point of a river affects transport, trade and the growth of industry and towns; how changes in climate deliver and then take away bounties like fish stocks on which communities depend; how a painting can change your understanding of a person,  place, or point in history.
My working  life has been grounded in learning about, understanding, interpreting and presenting Scotland – her history and geography,  and the inter-relationship of  these with resources and opportunities,  which in turn  have created the incredibly rich and varied countryside, industries, towns,  communities and culture we have today. Landscapes, buildings, objects, stories, songs, pictures, writing and tradition all come together to make that tapestry.
It is now my privilege, and I hope your pleasure, to share that with you.
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Services

  • Coach Tour
  • Conference and incentive work
  • Extended Tour
  • Hospitality desk
  • Meet and Greet
  • Shore Excursion
  • Walking Tour

Additional Information

  • Guide Type: Blue Badge
  • Months Available: All Year
  • Type of car:
  • Year Qualified: 2010
  • Tour starting points

    • Ayr
    • Dumfries
    • Dundee
    • Edinburgh
    • Falkirk
    • Glasgow
    • Greenock
    • Kilmarnock
    • Lanark
    • Largs
    • Linlithgow
    • Luss
    • Perth
    • South Queensferry
    • Stirling
    • Stranraer
  • Qualifications

    Master of Arts (Honours) in Archaeology and Medieval History, University of St Andrews 
    
    Associate of the Museums Association
    
    Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland
    
    Blue Badge Guide, Scottish Tourist Guides Association
  • Tours

    Half days, single days, extended tours up to 8 days length. Main availability March - October, potential availability all year round.
    
    General tours and specialist archaeology, history, museum and art galleries.
    Coach, and small groups with own transport/driver, walking tours

Clients' Testimonials

  • The Scottish Government is delighted to endorse the work of the Scottish Tourist Guides Association in recognition of their worldwide reputation and quality work and training. I commend the passion and knowledge they bring to guiding and congratulate them on continuing to set the standard in this area.

  • VisitScotland is delighted to recognise the Scottish Tourist Guides Association as the professional membership body for fully trained and accredited tourist guides in Scotland. STGA accredited guides are passionate ambassadors for Scotland and in providing our visitors with information and inspiration, help deliver a memorable experience for them.

  • VisitScotland is delighted to recognise the Scottish Tourist Guides Association as the professional membership body for fully trained and accredited tourist guides in Scotland. STGA accredited guides are passionate ambassadors for Scotland and in providing our visitors with information and inspiration, help deliver a memorable experience for them.

  • Fergus Ewing MSP

    Minister for Business, Energy, and Tourism

    Scottish Government

  • Marion Boyd

    International Development Assistant

    Aberdeen City Council

  • Helen Versloot

    Incentive Department

    Gullivers Travel Agency