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.