Martin Nichol

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I enjoy showing off Scotland to a wide range of groups from individual walking tours of our historic capital Edinburgh and Glasgow the powerhouse of the industrial revolution to the Highlands.  The variety of landscapes in Scotland is enhanced by their proximity to our major cities.  The cities are surrounded by rich farmland which transforms into the inspiring Highlands as you travel north or to the rolling hills of the Borders if you head south.  The landscapes have had a huge influence on the shape of Scottish history and our society today.

As a Scottish Blue Badge Tourist Guide I have the training and experience to interpret what Scotland has to offer travel industry agents, groups and individuals whether they are in the country for a few hours, a day, a week or longer.   My original training is now supplemented with rigorous continuing professional development.

I am based in Glasgow and can meet clients anywhere in Scotland whether they arrive by air, train, coach, car or ship.  I am happy to discuss itineraries to enable clients to get the most out of their visit to our shores.
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Services

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

Additional Information

  • Guide Type: Blue Badge
  • Months Available: April to October
  • Year Qualified: 2016
  • Tour starting points

    • Aberdeen
    • Aberfoyle
    • Arbroath
    • Arran
    • Aviemore
    • Ayr
    • Balloch
    • Blair Atholl
    • Bowmore
    • Braemar
    • Cairnryan
    • Callander
    • Carnoustie
    • Castle Stuart
    • Crianlarich
    • Dornoch
    • Drumnadrochit
    • Dufftown
    • Dumfries
    • Dundee
    • Dunkeld
    • Dunoon
    • Edinburgh
    • Elgin
    • Eyemouth
    • Falkirk
    • Falkland
    • Fort William
    • Glamis
    • Glasgow
    • Glencoe
    • Gleneagles
    • Greenock
    • Gretna
    • Gullane
    • Hawick
    • Helensburgh
    • Inverarary
    • Invergordon
    • Inverness
    • Inverurie
    • Jedburgh
    • Killin
    • Kilmarnock
    • Orkney
    • Lanark
    • Largs
    • Linlithgow
    • Lockerbie
    • Luss
    • Melrose
    • Montrose
    • Oban
    • Peebles
    • Perth
    • Pitlochry
    • Prestwick
    • Rosyth
    • Rothesay
    • South Queensferry
    • St Andrews
    • Stirling
    • Stonehaven
    • Stranraer
    • Tarbert
    • Tarbet
    • Tomintoul
    • Troon
    • Turnberry
    • Wigtown
  • Qualifications

    The STGA Blue Badge Tourist Guide was awarded to me in 2016 which included  a couple of years experience with cruise ship shore excursions.
    My other qualifications include a BSc.  Zoology from the University of Aberdeen and an MSc. in Town Planning from the University of Aston in Birmingham.  I also have years of housing work experience  in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
    My other qualifications include RYA Sailing Instructor and RYA accredited Umpire.
  • Tours

    The range or tours I have conducted include the following destinations and attractions.  Glasgow, the Cathedral and Charles Rennie McIntosh, Edinburgh, the Castle, Holyrod, the Old and New Towns and Roslyn Chapel, the Borders including Floors Castle, Jedburgh, Dryburgh Abbey, Melrose with Abbotsford and Sir Walter Scott, Linlithgow and the Palace, St Andrews and Fife, Anstruther, Dunfermline, Perth and Dundee with Glamis Castle.  Then there are the Highlands including Glencoe, Fort William, Loch Ness and Inverness. Inveraray Castle, Loch Fyne Oban, Loch Awe, Dunstaffnage Castle, the Clyde Coast 
    Culzean Castle, Arran and Ayr.  Distillery visits have always proved popular such as Glengoyne and Glenkinchie as well and Outlander themes.  These have included bespoke tours on foot and by coach including tours for corporate clients.

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