Elma McMenemy

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I am passionate about Scotland, in particular Aberdeen, its coast and hinterland. I like nothing better than to show it off to visitors on holiday, on business or tracing their family heritage. I have recently authored two books on local history: Bloody Scottish History: Aberdeen' and 'Aberdeen in 100 Dates'. My particular interests include:
·         Scotland’s superb food and drink – including whisky!
·         Finding your roots – following in your ancestors’ footsteps
·         Wildlife, country living and agriculture
·         Scottish folk music and song
·         Influence of Nordic languages on Scots dialects
·         Scottish ski/snowsports industry
·         Dogs, particularly the 12 native Scottish breeds, and sighthounds
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Services

  • Coach Tour
  • Conference and incentive work
  • Corporate Assistance
  • Driver Guide
  • Hospitality desk
  • Interpreting
  • Itinerary Planning
  • Shore Excursion
  • Special needs groups
  • Walking Tour

Additional Information

  • Guide Type: Blue Badge
  • Months Available: all year
  • Type of car: Volvo XC 70 - 2011 - 4 passengers
  • Year Qualified: 1986
  • Tour starting points

    • Aberdeen
    • Arbroath
    • Braemar
    • Dundee
    • Elgin
    • Glamis
    • Inverurie
    • Montrose
    • Perth
    • Stonehaven
    • Carnoustie
  • Qualifications

    ·         Member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists for Norwegian (since 1996)
    ·         Scotch Whisky Course Certificate (Moray College/Gordon and MacPhail, 2003)
    ·         Irish Whiskey Tasting Certificate (Pernod Ricard/Jamesons, 2004)
    ·         Ancestral Welcome Registered (Ancestral Scotland/VisitScotland since 2005)
    ·         Cairngorms Connections Certificate (National Park product knowledge, 2006)
    ·         Advanced Driving Certificate (Member of the Institute of Advanced Motorists since 1999)
    ·         First Aid with Outdoor Safety Element (current, HSE approved)
    ·         Elementary Food Hygiene Certificate (current, REHIS approved)
    ·         MA Hons (Aberdeen; Spanish Studies with French, 1975)
    And:
    ·         Winner, Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire 'Hospitality Hero' 2015-16 & Scottish Thistle Awards finalist 2016
    ·         Guest lecturer in tourism, The Robert Gordon University 2001
  • Tours

    Discover with me:
    ·         Glorious Royal Deeside, Donside and the Cairngorms National Park
    ·         Places linked to your ancestors – tread the ground they trod, breathe the air they breathed
    ·         The “mystery of the malt” in the famous distilleries of Speyside and some less well-known in the Mearns and Highlands
    ·         The surprisingly historic and beautiful city of Aberdeen
    ·         Castles including Balmoral, Dunnottar, Glamis, Crathes and Ballindalloch – and some hidden gems
    ·         The secrets of the Aberdeenshire, Angus and Banffshire coasts – most likely we’ll see some dolphins too
    And along the way, also find out what is worn (or not!) under the kilt!
     
    Half-day and full day tours by coach, in my car, or on foot for groups, families and individuals, following a tour operator’s itinerary or one crafted by me to suit visitors’ interests, including arranging visits to farms, companies and workplaces for visiting professionals.
     
    I also offer:
    ·         Tutored whisky nosings and tastings (English or Norwegian)
    ·         For ancestral Scots unable to visit personally, a service providing maps and photos relevant to family connections – kirkyards, farms and Census record addresses, where these still exist

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