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All of Scotland



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About Me

Born and bred in St Andrews, Val is a Blue Badge Guide with over 25 years’ experience in tourism. Val worked for ten years with Edinburgh Convention Bureau before holding senior positions with both the Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa in St Andrews and, most recently, as Director of Sales at Gleneagles. She holds an MA Hons Degree in Geography (Aberdeen) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Tourism (Glasgow). Val is now delighted to be able to combine her extensive knowledge of, and love for, her homeland with her natural sociability and talent for storytelling. Whether you are visiting Scotland for business or leisure, as an individual or part of a larger group, Val is a passionate ambassador for her country, keen to enhance each visitor’s experience by offering bespoke guiding which is both informative and interesting but, above all, enjoyable and entertaining. Fully insured for both public liability and personal indemnity, Val can provide a variety of guiding services including taking accompanying persons on either a full-day sightseeing tour with a driver or on a half-day themed walking tour as well as Meet and Greet at an airport or assisting with onsite registration.


​““Our extended family of seven visited Scotland and Val Eglinton was our tour guide for six days. She was extremely knowledgeable about Scotland’s history and gave interesting facts about every location we went. Honestly, she was like an encyclopedia – answering every question we asked and providing information in such rich detail. Not only was she an amazing tour guide, but her cheerful demeanour, endless energy, patience, and wonderful sense of humour were truly appreciated by us all. We will always remember our amazing family trip to Scotland with great fondness and we owe so much of this to Val” M.McChesney. Director/ Producer. L.A, USA.

““Today was really spectacular. Val is terrific!” US events company.

“We certainly appreciated and enjoyed our time spent with you. Thank you for answering my endless stream of questions. Your insights gave us a far greater insight into the culture and society of Scotland than your average run of the mill tour guide. It was a great trip.” R .Friedman, MD, Investments.

Tour Types

  • Coach Tour
  • Conferences & Incentives
  • Driver Guided Tour
  • Walking Tour


MA Hons Degree in Geography
Postgraduate Diploma in Tourism
QA Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work (RQF)

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Additional Information

  • Guide Type: Blue Badge
  • Months Available: All Year round availability
  • Type of car: Lexus NX
  • Year Qualified: 2018

Clients' Testimonials

  • 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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    National Tourism Organisation for Scotland