John Duncan

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Although born and brought up in Glasgow, I have lived in Edinburgh for the last 20 years.  As a qualified Chartered Accountant, my varied career took me to Hong Kong, Singapore and London.  More recently, I worked for seven years as Chief Executive of a significant Scottish charity, during which time I made regular speaking tours of the United States.

I have always had a passionate interest in Scottish history, literature and culture - I studied Scottish History while at Glasgow University - and now, as a Blue Badge guide, it is my pleasure and delight to share this passion with visitors to our beautiful country.

As an afficianado of Scotland's national bard, Robert Burns, I offer specialist Burns tours; and I am in demand each year to speak and perform at Burns Suppers in Glasgow and Edinburgh.  I am also a great admirer of the poetry and novels of Sir Walter Scott, and offer specialist Scott tours.

More widely, my passions cover anything to do with Scottish history, including Church history and the story of Scotland's railways, and - of course! - whisky.  I often take specialist tours based on these themes.

Much of my work is with smaller parties of up to 8 people as a driver-guide, where it is my pleasure to help clients put together itineraries that meet their particular wishes.  However, I frequently work with large groups as well, and a number of tour operators are regular clients.

I am happy to take anything from half-day city walking tours to extended tours of up to two weeks.

In April 2015 I was honoured when my colleagues elected me as Chairman of the Scottish Tourist Guides Association.
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Services

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

Additional Information

  • Guide Type: Blue Badge
  • Months Available: All year
  • Type of car: Hired as required
  • Year Qualified: 2012
  • Tour starting points

    • Ayr
    • Balloch
    • Callander
    • Dunkeld
    • Edinburgh
    • Eyemouth
    • Falkirk
    • Falkland
    • Glasgow
    • Gleneagles
    • Greenock
    • Gullane
    • Hawick
    • Helensburgh
    • Inverarary
    • Jedburgh
    • Killin
    • Kilmarnock
    • Lanark
    • Largs
    • Linlithgow
    • Luss
    • Melrose
    • Peebles
    • Perth
    • Pitlochry
    • Prestwick
    • Rosyth
    • Rothesay
    • South Queensferry
    • St Andrews
    • Stirling
    • Troon
    • Turnberry
  • Qualifications

    MA (Hons)
    Dip Acc
    CA
  • Tours

    All types of tour from half-day city walking tours to extended coach tours.
    
    Tailored driver-guided tours (hire car) from 1 to 10 days.
    
    Specialist themed tours including: 
    All aspects of Scottish history and culture
    Church history
    Scottish literature (including Scott and Burns)
    Whisky
    
    Fuller details can be found on my websites: 
    www.yourtourofscotland.com and www.scottishchristiantours.com.

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