I was born and raised in Glasgow and inherited my love and passion for our great wee country from my parents. My mother was fiercely proud of her home city, Glasgow. I share her pride and love to help people experience the city’s unique culture, history and vibrancy. My father was a piper and I grew up with the sound of the bagpipes and his stories about Scotland's folklore, places and people. I have travelled widely across Scotland and have special connections with Glasgow, Fife, the West Coast and Dumfries and Galloway. I love our wonderful history and scenery, and of course our whisky. As for food, nothing beats eating our top quality seafood right by the waters it came from. I am a guide volunteer with the National Trust for Scotland at the Royal Burgh of Culross where I really enjoy meeting people of all nationalities and sharing stories, secrets and Outlander connections of this amazing medieval palace and village. I am also a great admirer of Scotland’s national bard, Robert Burns and have organised, hosted and spoken at several Burns Suppers. I have always been interested in people and history and studied Archaeology, Medieval and Economic History, Social Sciences and Business Administration at Glasgow University and Glasgow Caledonian University. I also have a Stage 2 qualification in British Sign Language. After a long and rewarding career in Social Work and Social Care, I am combining all these interests and experiences as a Blue Badge Guide. Scotland has so much to offer; friendly people, fascinating stories, amazing castles, remote islands, vibrant cities, inventors, pioneers, heroes, musicians, writers and poets. It would be my great pleasure to help you find the Scotland you are looking for, whatever your interests or requirements. I look forward to meeting you soon.
Thank you so much, you have been a marvellous guide. Wylye Valley Arts Society.
November 2019. Moira met me at Waverly station for a private walking tour of Edinburgh. From the start she was warm and friendly ensuring we got to Edinburgh Castle quickly by taxi. She pointed out important parts of the castle and other monuments and buildings in the vicinity. Although I have visited the castle many times, I didn’t know much of what she described and was pleasantly surprised. On our walk down the Royal Mile we visited all the major landmarks. I also enjoyed exploring some of the closes and wynds and hearing stories about their past. Moira painted a vivid and believable picture of life a few hundred years ago. Moira was very mindful of my personal comfort, offering breaks and advising on cafes and restaurants for lunch. After a very nice lunch in a cosy historical pub we took time to visit the churchyard of Canongate Church which was of special interest to me. I was very happy to have seen it. At the Scottish Parliament building, Moira pointed out some interesting features of the building, grounds and parkland, including the little fossil fish embedded in the paving stones! At the end of the tour, Moira accompanied me back to Waverley Station. Overall, I enjoyed this tour immensely. Moira tailored the physical activity level to my abilities and made sure that my special interests were included. Her approach was informative with just the right mix of historical accuracy, humour, and anecdotes. I felt I was in the hands of a very good guide who had an in-depth knowledge of her subject. I would highly recommend her, and would not hesitate to be guided by her again. Betty Craig.
My friend and I did a walking tour of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh with Moira. She was very interesting and knowledgeable and was able to answer all our questions. We enjoyed all the little snippets of information and the things she pointed out on the buildings and pavements along with the stories of how they got there. We would otherwise have missed them. Moira made the whole tour very enjoyable and we can highly recommend her, especially her patience as we kept stopping to take photos! Jan Leitch February 2019