Tom Phillips

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I have considerable knowledge and experience of Scotland and its landscape. My life long passion for my country has only continued to grow through many years of learning about and sharing Scotland's intriguing history and beautiful scenery with friends, locals and visitors alike.
 
As a member of the Scottish Tourist Guides Association, I specialise in the Highlands of Scotland. However, I know all of Scotland well and will keenly point out lochs, mountains and places of interest all over the country, as well as sharing my knowledge of the flora and fauna of Scotland.

Prior to setting up Thistle Tour Guides, I worked for 30 years as a Community Worker in my native Fife.  I am a qualified Mountain Leader and experienced landscape photographer and I am an avid reader of Scottish history.
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Additional Information

  • Guide Type: Green Badge
  • Months Available: All year.
  • Type of car: Landrover Discovery
  • Year Qualified: 2017
  • Tour starting points

  • Qualifications

    STGA Green Badge (Northern Highlands)
  • Tours

    Thistle Tour Guides specialise in bespoke day tours and extended tours, for small groups, throughout Scotland.  We want to discuss (by phone or email) specific interests you may have or a special place you want to visit and then make suggestions about how these can be incorporated into a personalised tour.  
    
    From our base in Fife, it easy for us to provide you with a tour which takes you through the highlands of Scotland, taking in the wonderful scenery, visiting distilleries and castles, enjoying the wonderful food and drink that Scotland is famous.  The only thing we can't guarantee is sun - but we'll try our best!

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.

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    Minister for Business, Energy, and Tourism

    Scottish Government

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    Aberdeen City Council

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    Incentive Department

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