John Duthie

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I am John Duthie. Since 2010 I have worked with visitors from all over the world, exploring the amazing variety of sights and sites which the landscapes and history of Scotland have to offer.

I began in Tourism as a Driver Guide for coach tour groups of up to thirty people, having obtained the full coach (PCV) licence. Keen to broaden my knowledge of e.g. Geology, Wildlife, Architecture and Literature, I was fortunate to be selected to join the two year Blue Badge (Scotland) course. Since qualifying in 2014 I have worked as a freelance tourist guide.

Tours are anything from a half day to a fortnight, whether it be walking in a city or travelling anywhere in the countryside, at the front of a coach or driving a rental vehicle. I enjoy particularly working with special interest groups, including: hiking, whisky, golf, church, family history and Outlander. 

Based in the city of Glasgow, I can access easily most tour starting points. I have worked on tours from Orkney to Galloway and from the Outer Hebrides to Berwickshire. 

My forebears are mainly from the North Buchan coast and from Moray, in the North East of Scotland. I grew up mainly in Edinburgh and in Fife. Childhood holidays were spent camping all over Scotland, as were those later with my own children.

I moved into computing after University in Glasgow, starting in its industrial hinterland. Proceeding via the Caribbean and Africa I was employed latterly in financial services in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

In student days my interests were fencing and playing rugby. Nowadays I participate with amateur piping societies, and enjoy golf and curling, the latter being a fine way to spend a couple of hours in the winter. 

When travelling overseas in the close season we tend to employ tourist guides ourselves. An enthusiastic and informed guide adds so much to the enjoyment of the journey.
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Services

  • Coach Tour
  • Conference and incentive work
  • Corporate Assistance
  • Driver Guide
  • Extended Tour
  • Hospitality desk
  • Itinerary Planning
  • Meet and Greet
  • Shore Excursion
  • Walking Tour
  • Wedding Parties

Additional Information

  • Guide Type: Blue Badge
  • Months Available: Any
  • Type of car: Hired as required
  • Year Qualified: 2014
  • Tour starting points

    • Aberdeen
    • Aberfoyle
    • Arbroath
    • Ardrossan
    • Arran
    • Aviemore
    • Ayr
    • Balloch
    • Blair Atholl
    • Bowmore
    • Braemar
    • Cairnryan
    • Callander
    • Campbelltown
    • Carnoustie
    • Castle Stuart
    • Castlebay
    • Crianlarich
    • Dornoch
    • Drumnadrochit
    • Dufftown
    • Dumfries
    • Dundee
    • Dunkeld
    • Dunoon
    • Dunvegan
    • Edinburgh
    • Elgin
    • Eyemouth
    • Falkirk
    • Falkland
    • Fort William
    • Fraserburgh
    • Glamis
    • Glasgow
    • Glencoe
    • Gleneagles
    • Greenock
    • Gretna
    • Gullane
    • Hawick
    • Helensburgh
    • Inverarary
    • Invergordon
    • Inverness
    • Inverurie
    • Jedburgh
    • John O'Groats
    • Killin
    • Kilmarnock
    • Orkney
    • Kyle of Lochalsh
    • Lanark
    • Largs
    • Linlithgow
    • Lochboisdale
    • Lochmaddy
    • Lockerbie
    • Luss
    • Mallaig
    • Melrose
    • Montrose
    • Oban
    • Peebles
    • Perth
    • Pitlochry
    • Portree
    • Prestwick
    • Rosyth
    • Rothesay
    • South Queensferry
    • St Andrews
    • Stirling
    • Stonehaven
    • Stornoway
    • Stranraer
    • Stromness
    • Tarbert
    • Tarbet
    • Thurso
    • Tobermory
    • Tomintoul
    • Troon
    • Turnberry
    • Ullapool
    • Wick
    • Wigtown
  • Qualifications

    BSc (University of Glasgow)
    
    Blue Badge (Scottish Tourist Guides' Association/University of Edinburgh)
    
    Passenger Carrying Vehicle (D) Licence
  • Tours

    Coach tours, both day and extended;
    City walking tours;
    Hirer Driver Guide, taking day and extended tours in 5, 7 and 9 seat vehicles;
    Golf, Whisky, Church, Hiking, Family History and Outlander tours;
    Chauffeur driven tours;
    Cruise Ship excursions from eg Greenock (incl. Tattoo), South Queensferry, Ayr, Fairlie, Tarbert, Dundee, Fort William, Campbeltown, Rosyth, Newhaven;
    Driver Guide on 16, 19 and 29 seat coaches taking day and extended tours from Edinburgh and Glasgow;

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