Blue Badge CPD

Qualified to Guide:

All of Scotland

Languages:

English

Driver Guide:

Yes

About Me

Born and bred in St Andrews, Val is a Blue Badge Guide with over 25 years’ experience in tourism.

Val worked for ten years with Edinburgh Convention Bureau before holding senior positions with both the Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa in St Andrews and, most recently, as Director of Sales at Gleneagles. She holds an MA Hons Degree in Geography (Aberdeen) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Tourism (Glasgow). 

Val is now delighted to be able to combine her extensive knowledge of, and love for, her homeland with her natural sociability and talent for storytelling.  

Whether you are visiting Scotland for business or leisure, as an individual or part of a larger group, Val is a passionate ambassador for her country, keen to enhance each visitor’s experience by offering bespoke guiding which is both informative and interesting but, above all, enjoyable and entertaining. 

Fully insured for both public liability and personal indemnity, Val can provide a variety of guiding services including  taking accompanying persons on either a full-day sightseeing tour with a driver or on a half-day themed walking tour as well as Meet and Greet at an airport or assisting with onsite registration.

Tour Types

  • Coach Tour
  • Conferences & Incentives
  • Driver Guided Tour
  • Walking Tour

Qualifications

MA Hons Degree in Geography
Postgraduate Diploma in Tourism
QA Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work (RQF)

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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

    Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Tourism

    Scottish Government

  • Marion Boyd

    International Development Assistant

    Aberdeen City Council

  • Helen Versloot

    Incentive Department

    Gullivers Travel Agency