Gavin Hunter

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After graduating from St Andrews University in 1980 with a B.Sc. in Geography, I worked offshore in the UK and Norway North Sea on oil rigs on jobs ranging from geotechnical analysis to being part of a drilling crew.

In 1985 I left the oilfields to train as a teacher and began teaching Geography in 1986. From 1990 onwards, I taught French and German. Over the years my interests have led to my involvement in exchanges and twinnings between Germany, France and Scotland, not only as a participant but also as an organizer.

Qualifying as a Blue Badge Guide in 2002, I started guiding in English, French, and German.
For 4 years, I worked as a part-time course leader, lecturer and assessor for university level students in the Office of Lifelong Learning at Edinburgh University.

In June 2014, I left secondary teaching to work full time as a Blue Badge Tourist Guide. 

In 2015 in line with my passion for Scottish food and drink, I successfully completed my Master's Degree (M.Sc.) in Gastronomy at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh.

I live, with my wife, Ann, in the town of Linlithgow, birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots who was born in the magnificent Linlithgow Palace. The town is just a short train journey from the centre of Edinburgh. Well worth a visit and perhaps an overnight stay, or even serving as a base for day trips to the surrounding area.
 
In addition to interests stated on this page, my interests are:

	•	Scottish culture, especially social history
	•	The geography of Scotland, its landscape
	•	Hill walking
	•	Cooking
	•	Scottish food 
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Services

  • Coach Tour
  • Conference and incentive work
  • Corporate Assistance
  • Hospitality desk
  • Interpreting
  • Itinerary Planning
  • Meet and Greet
  • Shore Excursion
  • Special needs groups
  • Walking Tour

Additional Information

  • Guide Type: Blue Badge
  • Months Available: All year.
  • Type of car:
  • Year Qualified: 2002
  • Tour starting points

    • Linlithgow
    • Edinburgh
  • Qualifications

    BSc (Ord) St Andrews University, 1980.
    
    PGCE Geography Teaching Qualification, Moray House College Edinburgh,1986.
    
    Additional Teaching Qualification in French, Jordanhill College, Glasgow, 1990.
    
    Second Year German Studies Qualification, Stirling University, 1994-1995.
    
    STGA Blue Badge Tourist Guide Training. Universities of Strathclyde and Edinburgh, 2000-2002.
    
    MSc Gastronomy. Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. 2015.
  • Tours

    The intention for all my tours is that they be fun, interesting, informative and in tune with the requirements of each group.
    I am happy to do occasional extended tours but prefer shorter ones, from a half or full day up to a 4-5 day tour. As noted already I speak fluent French and German and can deliver tours in French, German and English.
    I am already working (sometimes with other agencies) with clients who wish to do food and drink orientated tours and I intend doing a good deal more of this kind of work, not just locally in Edinburgh but also further afield in Scotland.
    My personal preference for group size is for small groups of two or three people but also up to thirty clients, though this is not definitive.
    If it can be arranged and agreed with the client I can also plan bespoke tours for people with specific wishes and/or niche interests. Please contact me about this for further details. I look forward to hearing from you!

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