Mike O'Rourke

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Mike is a keen enthusiast of Scottish History, primarily Medieval and Military History. Some subjects of interest include Robert the Bruce, William Wallace, Old Edinburgh, Castles, Battlefields, Highlands, Clans, Jacobites, and enjoys telling the story of Nessie! Mike would be happy to take you on a tour of the Highlands, Lowlands or Scottish Borders telling these tales and taking in the breathtaking landscape at the same time.

Although not originally from Scotland Mike has always had a deep love for the country. Born and raised in Canada by Scottish parents traditions of the old country were instilled in him as a child. Since a very young age Mike has travelled to Scotland to see his relatives and explore the country. Later in life deciding to live here proudly calling Scotland his "Hame"!

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This was an excellent tour with a knowlegeable guide who accompanied us throughout the tour. We travelled in a private minibus with a competent driver. I can highly recommend the daytour as we saw a lot and learned about Scottish history. „ 
- Janette Oksnes from Norway

This is a must do tour! Micheal, our guide was informative, personable, engaging and accommodating. We would highly recommend the tour! There was so much important and significant history of Scotland contained in the tour, things that I never imagined! WELL WORTH THE EXPENSE!  „ 
- Ronald Wentzel from United States

My husband, daughter and I had the pleasure of going on this tour. Mike O'Rourke was absolutely wonderful. He adjusted our trip based on our interests and was so knowledgeable and friendly. I would highly recommend using this service. We got to see Scotland in a much more personal way than with a larger group tour. We would do it again without hesitation. 
- Nancy Marvel from United States

An outstanding trip! Considering my disastrous rail journey up to Scotland, Mike simply changed the trip to be in reverse order so I didn't miss a thing and on top of that, included some extras for an activity packed 3 days. I found Mike very amiable and professional, always keen to ensure I was having a good time without being pushy but always ensuring we kept our tight schedule. Particularly impressive was his knowledge of Scotland and its history, developed through his personal interest and enthusiasm, and it was a pleasure to be in his company for the 3 days - I have no hesitation in recommending him and will most certainly be booking a follow up trip with him! „ 
- Shan Siva from United Kingdom

We had a great time on our Private Tour. Mike was very open to last minute changes in our itinerary and did his best to make sure we saw everything there was to see. I highly recommend Go Scotland Tours. 
- Susan McLeod from Canada

We had a great time on this tour. Our guide, Mike, was excellent. He catered to us and made sure we did what we wanted to do and saw what we wanted to see. My husband and I honestly could not have had a better experience. The tours we booked with you were everything we could have hoped for and more. Thank you for sharing your good people, knowledge and beautiful Scotland with us! We loved every minute of it! 
- Jill Basile from United States
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Services

  • Coach Tour
  • Driver Guide
  • Extended Tour
  • Itinerary Planning
  • Meet and Greet
  • Shore Excursion
  • Walking Tour

Additional Information

  • Guide Type: Blue Badge
  • Months Available: Any
  • Type of car: Hired as required
  • Year Qualified: 2012
  • Tour starting points

    • Pitlochry
    • South Queensferry
    • Rosyth
    • Prestwick
    • Stirling
    • St Andrews
    • Perth
    • Melrose
    • Linlithgow
    • Jedburgh
    • Greenock
    • Glasgow
    • Falkland
    • Falkirk
    • Edinburgh
    • Dunkeld
  • Qualifications

    Mike has been a travel professional for over 15 years and has a Travel and Tourism Degree. He is an experienced tour consultant who has arranged specialised tailor-made tours throughout Europe, most notably in Spain and Portugal, then onto Romania and Eastern Europe, and of course Scotland.
     
    Mike is the founder of Go Scotland Tours, an online tour company providing a place to shop for a wide range of regular tours of Scotland as well as private be-spoke tours. His website can be found at www.goscotlandtours.com
     
    Recently becoming a Blue Badge Qualified Guide Mike has decided to step away from his desk and join you on a guided tour of Scotland, in which he would also be happy to design for you himself.
  • Tours

    Mike would be happy to take you on a 1 day tour from Edinburgh. Examples..
    
        Edinbugh City Panoramic Tour and visit to castle
        Stirilng Castle, the Trossachs and Loch Lomond
        Full Day Loch Ness Tour including Glencoe
        Whisky Tasting Tour
        Rosslyn Chapel and Scottish Borders
        Tantallon Castle and East Lothian Coast
    
    Glad to also take requests and customise a personal tour.
    
    Mike would also be happy to take you on an overnight tour to the Highlands.
    
    Small groups, coach tours, walking tour, or driver guided tours of Scotland.

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