Kirsty McAlister

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Tours, trails, tales... 

From castles and clans to ancestry, archaeology and the arts, Scotland's cultural heritage is rich and varied, and I'd love to help you experience it.

My name is Kirsty McAlister and, as well as being a Blue Badge guide, I have a PhD in Scottish history and a background in higher education, historical research and cultural heritage. So, whether you're interested in ancient archaeology, kings and queens, religious history, witch-hunting, the Jacobites, the Enlightenment or many of the other fascinating aspects of Scottish history, I'm in a pretty decent position to (at least try to!) answer your questions. 

Along the way, we can uncover so much more that Scotland has to offer: we can explore quirky customs, ceremonies, folklore and superstitions; feast on superb Scottish produce; embark on a whisky or gin trail; spot spectacular wildlife; bask in breathtaking scenery; visit film and literary locations (yes - definitely Outlander!); and photograph iconic landscapes, buildings and architecture. Of course, some of this can be done without a guide... but it's so much better with one!  

Scotland is incredible. Allow me to help you make the most of your trip. :-)
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Services

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

Additional Information

  • Guide Type: Blue Badge
  • Months Available: All
  • Type of car: Land Rover Discovery Sport HSE Luxury
  • Year Qualified: 2016
  • Tour starting points

    • Edinburgh
    • Blair Atholl
    • Dundee
    • Stirling
    • St Andrews
    • South Queensferry
    • Rosyth
    • Perth
    • Linlithgow
    • Killin
    • Glasgow
    • Falkland
    • Fort William
    • Inverness
    • Callander
    • Crianlarich
    • Dunkeld
    • Falkirk
    • Glencoe
    • Gleneagles
    • Greenock
    • Hawick
    • Inverarary
    • Lanark
    • Melrose
    • Oban
  • Qualifications

    PhD Scottish History
    Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Secondary)
    BA (Hons) (First Class) History
    
    Scottish Tourist Guides Association Blue Badge Guide
    Emergency First Aid at Work
    The Scotch Whisky Trail Certificate Course
  • Tours

    Half day
    Full day
    Extended tours
    Corporate
    Incentive
    Sightseeing
    Educational

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