Mary Kemp Clarke

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An accredited STGA Blue Badge Tourist Guide since 1999, Mary guides visitors from diverse backgrounds with confidence, enthusiasm, enjoyment and considerable knowledge. Based in Edinburgh, she works throughout this beautiful country in Spanish and in English.

Mary has also been a trainer and facilitator in Scotland since 2001, in Europe as a FEG Trainer since 2009, and around the world as a Lead International Trainer for the WFTGA since 2008, in partnership with the University of Edinburgh, UNWTO, UNESCO and USAID amongst others.  A former Course Director for the STGA Blue Badge Course, Mary was also Chairman of the Edinburgh & Borders STGA Branch and an Executive Board Member of the STGA having been nominated, elected and co-opted on three different occasions. 

Since 2017 Mary has been the Vice President of the WFTGA, initially becoming involved with the World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations when she was one of the six organisers of the very successful WFTGA International Convention in Dunblane in 2003. When she is not guiding or training, she is promoting standards in professionalism and qualifications for tourist guides wherever she can. 

Fully bilingual in Spanish and English, Mary is part of the Scottish Diaspora, having grown up in Argentina for her first 20 years, nurturing both Latin and Celtic roots. Her degree was in Scottish Archaeology (Glasgow University MA Hons) where she practiced in the field, through research and illustration for several years. She enjoys travel, music, theatre, films and TV, art, whisky, discovering heritage, and last but not least, contemplating nature.
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Services

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

Additional Information

  • Guide Type: Blue Badge
  • Months Available: all year
  • Type of car:
  • Year Qualified: 1999
  • Tour starting points

    • Aberdeen
    • Dundee
    • Edinburgh
    • Falkirk
    • Fort William
    • Glasgow
    • Greenock
    • Invergordon
    • Inverness
    • Perth
    • Rosyth
    • South Queensferry
    • St Andrews
    • Stirling
  • Qualifications

    2009 FEG European Trainer accreditation 
    2008 WFTGA Lead International Trainer accreditation
    2007 WFTGA International Trainer accreditation
    2004-7 Scottish Parliament guide accreditation
    2000-15 STGA Trainer accreditation (Mentors, Tutor, Assessor) 
    1999 Certificate Scottish Studies,University of Edinburgh
    1982 MA (HONS) in Archaeology, University of Glasgow
    1975 Argentine Baccalaureate and Overseas A Levels, Argentina
  • Tours

    With time for preparation, I am happy to guide all visitors to Scotland wherever they would like to go:  Hop-on city tours or extended excursions with specialist themes; coach parties or car tours with a driver; conferences, meetings, incentives and events; media, film and press tours; shore excursions from cruise ships; familiarisation tours; easy-level walks of up to 2 hours; tours for visitors with additional support needs... in Spanish or in English.

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