Green Badge CPD

Qualified to Guide:

Shetland

Languages:

English

Driver Guide:

Yes

About Me

I was born in Lerwick, Shetland and, although I grew up in Aberdeen, Scotland, I have lived most of my life in the islands. 
As a child, I regularly came back to the islands during school holidays – exploring the area, going off on boats, listening to stories and diving into the history, folklore and culture of Shetland. 
On leaving school, I came back to live and work. I worked for several years in the North Sea oil industry in Shetland before going to university and eventually becoming a History & IT teacher. 
I am a founder-member of the Shetland Islands Tourist Guide Association, which was formed in 1994, and am the current Chairperson. 
I taught in the Glasgow area, from 2011 to 2014, when I returned home - I missed the islands.  
Moving to the island of Unst, I became involved in the community – trustee of the Shetland Heritage Centre, a director of the local development company, a member of the writers’ group and book group, and performed in panto. 
I regularly perform stand-up comedy, having been several years at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Since 2015, I have been a member of Shetland’s only improvised comedy troupe, including performing at the inaugural Edinburgh International Improve Festival.
Now, I want to show people what is so unique, interesting and fascinating about Shetland, my beautiful island home.

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Tour Types

  • Coach Tour
  • Driver Guided Tour
  • Shore Excursion

Qualifications

STGA Regional Guide (Green Badge) for Shetland
MA (Hons) - English and History
Diploma in Systems Analysis and Design
Postgraduate Certificate in Secondary Education

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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.

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    Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Tourism

    Scottish Government

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    International Development Assistant

    Aberdeen City Council

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    Incentive Department

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