Ross Tillbrook

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I left a successful career in the financial services industry to follow my dream of working in the tourism sector.  After roles promoting Scotland as a tourism destination with both Visit Scotland and Visit Britain. I started working as a guide on the Guide Friday open top bus tours of Edinburgh before training with Mercat Tours to take historic walking tours through the Old Town.  When darkness fell I led ghost tours beneath the South Bridge helping develop my skills as a character actor and expert storyteller.  I was chosen to represent Scotland at Walt Disney World’s Millennium Celebrations in Florida and have also had the honour of guiding groups around the Scottish Parliament Building.  On the operational side I spent a number of years organising tours to Scotland as the Groups Operations Manager for the biggest inbound tour operator to the country.

As an experienced tourist guide who has worked with both leisure and business groups of all ages and nationalities, I see myself as both an amabassador for my city and my country and  believe that guiding should be fun!  I pride myself on the fact that my clients leave Scotland with happy memories of the time we have spent together and with any luck they may even have have learned something.

Previous clients include: JAC Travel Scotland Ltd, Royal Irish/Royal Scottish Tours, Kuoni Destination Management, Institute for Study Abroad, Basil Paterson College, Morrison’s Tours and the Institute for Applied Language Studies
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Services

  • Coach Tour
  • Conference and incentive work
  • Corporate Assistance
  • 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:
  • Year Qualified: 2008
  • Tour starting points

    • Edinburgh
    • Glasgow
    • South Queensferry
  • Qualifications

    I was born in Leith, the port area of Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital, and qualified as a Blue Badge tourist guide for all of Scotland in 2008.  I have a Masters degree in Tourism from the University of Strathclyde, a Bachelors degree in Business Studies from the University of Edinburgh.  Besides holding  a TEFL certificate I am also an accredited guide trainer.
  • Tours

    Whether you are a small group of individuals, a family, on a business trip or a coach touring party I am happy to design a tour for your specific requirements.  Based in Edinburgh, I am available all year round and you can book me for a half day (up to 4hrs), full day (up to 8hrs) or for extended tours of Scotland.

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