Virginia Fowler

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I am a fully accredited Blue Badge Guide, born and brought up in Glasgow, but  now based in St Andrews and Edinburgh. I offer a variety of tours throughout Scotland, which  can be tailored to meet your individual needs 
Following a career in HR and management with national organisations I decided to change direction completely.  This decision was prompted by my love of languages and the Arts. Consequently, I studied French, Italian and Art History at the University of St Andrews and spent my Erasmus year at the Sorbonne, the University of Paris. I had the memorable experience of graduating alongside Prince William together with Kate Middleton.
This was followed by post-graduate research on Caravaggio, the Italian Baroque artist, much of which  was carried out in France and Italy where my language skills proved most useful.
During my student years I had a summer job with Historic Scotland, conducting  tours in French and Italian when required. I also had  the opportunity of visiting many of the Historic Scotland sites throughout Scotland. This experience prompted me to embark on the STGA  training course, which would allow me to share my passion for Scotland with others and to be, above all, an ambassador for this wonderful country.  
Scotland is not just about castles and cathedrals however, but boasts some of the most superb scenery in the world, has a rich heritage and vibrant international cultural scene, extraordinary fauna and flora, magnificent world championship golf courses and sporting venues, first class hotels and visitor centres, to say nothing of the fine distilleries producing Scotland’s national drink and the country’s largest export. In recent years a plethora of fine restaurants has sprung up offering the best of Scottish local produce. Her seven cities have their own distinctive character but with something unique to offer the visitor. Furthermore, the people are genuinely open and friendly and renowned for their hospitality. If you would like to share any of these experiences with me I would be delighted to hear from you. I will do my very best to look after you.
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Services

  • Coach Tour
  • Conference and incentive work
  • Corporate Assistance
  • Driver Guide
  • Extended Tour
  • Hospitality desk
  • Meet and Greet
  • Shore Excursion
  • Walking Tour

Additional Information

  • Guide Type: Blue Badge
  • Months Available: all
  • Type of car: Hired as Required
  • Year Qualified: 2016
  • Tour starting points

    • Glasgow
    • St Andrews
    • Edinburgh
    • Dundee
    • Perth
    • Rosyth
    • Stirling
  • Qualifications

    Corporate Member of Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (MCIPD).
    
    Diplome de Langue Francaise - Alliance Francaise, Paris.
    
    M.A. (hons 2.1.) Art History/French University of St Andrews.
    
    M.Phil. for a thesis entitled 'Les Caravage de Philippe de Bethune', University of St Andrews.
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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

    Minister for Business, Energy, and Tourism

    Scottish Government

  • Marion Boyd

    International Development Assistant

    Aberdeen City Council

  • Helen Versloot

    Incentive Department

    Gullivers Travel Agency