Blue Badge

Qualified to Guide:

All of Scotland

Languages:

English, French, Portuguese, Spanish

Driver Guide:

Yes

About Me

Colin Mairs guides in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish and is an extremely versatile and engaging tour guide. Always willing to give anything a try (within reason and within the law), Colin approaches each tour with an enthusiasm and eagerness to learn to make the experience for his guests better and better every time.

Currently, Colin lives part of the year (the coldest part in Scotland) in New Zealand (where it is warm) and also works as a freelance tour guide there - www.ExcursionNewZealand.com

Colin has experience working with the media and has featured on TV5 in Quebec and Discovery Channel World in an edition of 'Ports d'attaches / Waterfront Cities of the World' (2014) which focussed on Colin's hometown of Glasgow; also on a  production for NHK, Japan's national broadcaster, like the BBC, called 'City Walk' (2014), also in Glasgow. 

Colin works with Rick Steves, a leading authority on European travel in America and has featured several times on Rick's radio show 'Travel with Rick Steves'.

Colin's interests are wide and varied but include Scotch Whisky, the poems and songs of Robert Burns (which he will happily recite or sing upon request), music in general, outdoor activities, and Scottish history, culture and modern life.

For more information and to see what Colin has been up to recently check out the social media links.

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Tour Types

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

Qualifications

2008 - BA Hons French Language and Literature (University of Strathclyde), with distinction award for spoken French

2012 - STGA Blue Badge Tourist Guide Course (University of Edinburgh)

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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