Qualified to Guide:
All of Scotland
Hi. I'm John Shaw - an Irishman resident in Scotland for the last 45 years [some people would call it missionary work!], but like most converts I am passionate about promoting the wonderful country that has kindly taken me in. E mail me for a chat to see what sort of ways I can bring Scotland alive for you!
Resident in Edinburgh, I bring over 30 years of creative industries experience and expertise to providing very special and bespoke tours.
With an active interest in contemporary Scotland, I use the past to inform the present - and in an informative and engaging manner brings alive Scotland's story.
I am willing and able to guide anywhere in Scotland, as well as having a first hand knowledge of Ireland and many parts of N. England.
My particular areas of interest are landscape, history and people - with emphasis on cultural, sporting and contemporary Scotland.
'At times humorous, at other times the erudite lecturer, John was able to mix accurate, informative and fascinating detail into a broader narrative of Edinburgh's fascinating history–famous and infamous alike. The only drawback to the tour was that it had to end. Like a really, really good movie, you just wanted to rewind the show and start it all over again right away.'
Conferences & Incentives
Driver Guided Tour
MA[Hons] Geography, Trinity College Dublin
MSc Town & Country Planning, Heriot-Watt University
Graduate, Common Purpose Programme
Director, Tartan Umbrella Tourist Guides
Director, Theatre of Ideas - creative business planning and performance
Associate, The Cambridge Centre - brand strategy and business re-engineering
Co-founding Director - Fringe by the Sea, North Berwick
Former Board Member - Edinburgh International Film Festival
Mentor - Project Scotland & Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce
Former Board Member - East Lothian Coastal Tourism Partnership