Blue Badge CPD

Qualified to Guide:

All of Scotland

Languages:

English

Driver Guide:

No

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About Me

I am passionate about Scotland: her landscape, her history, her folklore, her literature and art, her people and the modern day country.

My enthusiasm is infectious, and with a wide-ranging knowledge, I have an eye for the particularly entertaining, interesting, the quirky and fun aspects of this most spectacular of countries. My warm and welcoming manner will make you feel right at home on tour in Scotland.

Having worked for a number of years as a ghost tour guide in Edinburgh’s Old Town before qualifying as a Blue Badge Scottish Tourist Guide in 2006, I am an expert storyteller. Scotland will come alive through her tales and folklore, leaving you with the feeling that you have experienced the towns and cities, mountains, glens and islands through the eyes of her ancient inhabitants – superstitions, traditional customs and all.

I also trained and worked as a guide for the new Scottish Parliament Building and have a great interest and understanding of modern Scotland and her people.

I particularly enjoy guiding themed tours, and tours adapted to a specific group.

Themes that I have a particular interest in, and that I have had the pleasure to guide over the years include:

Women’s History Tours

LGBTQ+ tours

Literary tours

Breweries and pubs

Religion in Scotland

Clan tours

Highland Games

Check out my website for more info, including audio tours and videos: www.scot-stories.com

On Social Media


Tour Types

  • Coach Tour
  • Shore Excursion
  • Virtual Tour
  • Walking Tour

Qualifications

BA Hons: History, 2:1, University of London, 2002
Blue Badge Scottish Tourist Guide Qualification, Edinburgh University, 2006
Certificate in Scottish Studies, Edinburgh University, 2006
Virtual Tourist Guide Certificate, G-Guides Academy, 2020

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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