Blue Badge CPD

Qualified to Guide:

All of Scotland


English, German, Spanish

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About Me

The Salvesen family comes originally from Norway, but my great-great-grandfather married a Scot, and the rest is history. I was born in Scotland, and raised on my father’s farm in Perthshire. From school I went to England, to Cambridge University, to study French and German literature. After completing my doctoral thesis in German, I joined the British foreign service, and spent over 25 years travelling the world as a diplomat, ultimately with the rank of ambassador. I was of course a British rather than a Scottish ambassador, but I was an ambassador in a kilt, proud of my Scottish roots wherever I went. And now I am an ambassador for Scotland in a different sense, showing my country to visitors. With me as your guide you will have a memorable Scottish experience where you will get beneath the surface of this fascinating country.

Als waschechter Schotte und britischer Botschafter a.D. mit ausgezeichneten Deutschkenntnissen und mehrjähriger Deutschlanderfahrung bin ich bestens qualifiziert, Ihnen die vielfältigen Reize dieses bezaubernden Landes zu vermitteln.

Como ex-embajador británico con una larga trayectoria diplomática en América Latina domino bien el español y tengo todos los requisitos para revelarles las tantas maravillas de mi país natal.


“Excellent…. made our time in Scotland.” – Lopez family, Mexico City

“Extremely professional, with a personal touch.” – Mr & Mrs Schütz, Vienna

“Hugh was terrific: engaging, welcoming, warm, and obviously interested in the subject and happy to let the tour be more of a

conversation than a lecture” – Baird family, New York

"Hugh was reliable, very knowledgeable about Edinburgh and its history, and easygoing. Loved the kilt!" - Boyle family, California

"Wirklich ein guter Tip für Schottland" - Leonhardt family, Frankfurt-Buenos Aires

"Hugh was great! Right level of information. Did a great job of meeting all participants' interests. Friendly and inviting!" - Potvin family, Cincinnati

“Hugh was such a nice guide we invited him to lunch!” – Chieffi-Leith family, Connecticut

Tour Types

  • Conferences & Incentives
  • Shore Excursion
  • Walking Tour


BA in French and German, Cambridge University
PhD in German, Cambridge University

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Additional Information

  • Guide Type: Blue Badge
  • Months Available: all year
  • Year Qualified: 2014

Clients' Testimonials

  • 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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    National Tourism Organisation for Scotland