Val Eglinton

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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.
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Services

Additional Information

  • Guide Type: Blue Badge
  • Months Available: All Year round availability
  • Type of car: VW Tiguan
  • Year Qualified: 2018
  • Tour starting points

    • Turnberry
    • Troon
    • St Andrews
    • South Queensferry
    • Rosyth
    • Prestwick
    • Perth
    • Ayr
    • Carnoustie
    • Dundee
    • Dunkeld
    • Edinburgh
    • Falkland
    • Falkirk
    • Glamis
    • Gleneagles
    • Gullane
    • Greenock
    • Linlithgow
    • Montrose
  • Qualifications

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

    Having worked for many years with both incentive organisers and the winners themselves,  as well as with valued Virtuoso or Signature clients, I am equally at home working with both groups, couples or families. 
    
    My client is king and my aim is to help  deliver the most  enjoyable experience whilst in Scotland that will be remembered for many years to come.
    
    My listening  skills are key as each tour will be bespoke and be based around the wants and wishes of my client-  whilst fun is the order of the day!!
    
    My favourite area of Scotland is St Andrews & the East Neuk of Fife with Edinburgh a very close second. I am keen on all kinds of sport as well as food & drink, crafts, agriculture to name but a few areas- but most of all, people!
    
    Whether it be a full or half day tour, no detail will be overlooked- although I can't always promise to match my own personal wardrobe  exactly to my surroundings!! (see below, a recent summer's day in one of Fife's beautiful coastal fishing villages)

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