Guided Coach Tours
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& Tour Guides in Scotland
- Absolute Escapes
A specialist Destination Management Company providing tailor-made travel packages for individuals, groups and corporate clients. A personalised itinerary can be arranged including accommodation, transport, tour guides and activities.
- Accord Scotland
Specialised tour operator for small groups, families, executives and VIPs.
Run by Gabriel Fridman using a pool of STGA Blue Badge multi-lingual guides.
Tailor-made, full day and extended private tours throughout Scotland in luxury vehicles (fully insured). Assistance in itinerary planning and hotel reservations. Special interest tours, walking tours, etc. Also available for conferences and events management.
Sandy Mitchell arranges custom private guided tours
around the Scottish mainland and all the islands from Arran to Shetland.
See wildlife and explore history. Driver-guide with 25 years experience.
Member of Highlands of Scotland Tour Guide Association.
- Albannach Guided Tours
Based on Lewis, Les McInulty is a 'Blue Badge' Gaelic-speaking driver-guide available for hire from 1 hour to 2 weeks, either for private car, minibus, coach or for guided walks. Private tours and tour planning (including accommodation) throughout the Hebrides, Scotland and other Celtic countries.
- Afternoon Tea Tours
Based in Edinburgh, Helen Fraser offers private, guided tours for 1-6 people in a Chrysler Voyager. Relaxed, friendly and fun - a unique way to experience Scotland.
Day tours can include whisky tasting, chocolate tasting, afternoon tea.
Locations include East Lothian, Perthshire, Fife and the Borders. Customised itineraries can be arranged for castles, gardens, museums, etc.
- Ardoch Guides
Based in Perthshire, Alan Mitchell offers tailor-made tours (single day or multi day) throughout Scotland for individuals and groups of all sizes.
This small company based in Fort Augustus offers minibus tours in the Highlands and all over Scotland with a guide speaking English, French, Italian, German, etc.
Tailor-made cruises and angling trips on Loch Ness are also available.
- Black Kilt Tours
Gay tour guide Ross Buchanan offers 3-5 day private guided tours of the Highlands and/or Fife exclusively for the LGBT community. Guests can stay in gay owned and gay friendly accommodation. Tailor-made tours.
- Cameron Tours of Scotland
Family business based in Fife specialising in escorted tours throughout Scotland.
Personal driver/guide with exclusive use of an executive 7-seater, air conditioned people-carrier. Tailor-made tours from half a day or longer. Accommodation and itinerary can be arranged for you. Golf, fishing and adventure sports available.
- Catswhiskerstours Ltd
Nigel Cole specialises in personalised tours of Scotland for small groups with special interests such as gardens, islands, whisky, castles, history & heritage, battlefields, photography, ancestry, architecture, stone circles, etc. Self drive holidays also available with accommodation. Golf, fishing, walking, cycling and activity tours can be arranged.
- Castle Tours
Choice of sightseeing tours: either scheduled day tours (4 - 8 people), or tailor-made, private guided tours. Departures from Inverness and Aberdeen to explore Speyside, the north east coast and the Highlands. Itineraries feature distilleries and castles, as well as gardens, wildife, Highland Games, etc. Accommodation booking, airport transfers, fieldsports, boat trips, etc., can also be arranged.
- Celia Ffitch-Stewart
Fully insured driver-guide with Mercedes limousine for your tailor-made guided tour.
Half day, full day or extended tours. Services can include itinerary planning and accommodation reservations. Meet your clan chief, trace your roots, stay in a castle, tour the whisky distilleries. Themes to suit your interests can be arranged. Golf tours available. Airport collection (Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen or Inverness). Also available for weddings. A founder member of HOSTGA (Highlands of Scotland Tour Guide Association).
- Celtic Trails
Experienced guide Jackie Queally offers unique half day and whole day personalised tours from Edinburgh to sites of prehistoric, Celtic and medieval/Templar interest, including Rosslyn Chapel and other sacred sites.
- City Running Tours
Guided sightseeing running tours of Glasgow City, River Clyde, Forth-Clyde Canal and the surrounding areas. All guides are avid runners, Certified UK Athletics Coaches, native Glaswegians and travel enthusiasts. Groups and individual welcome.
Offering private tours of Scottish Castles with professional guides. Departures from
Inverness, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling for day trips or longer. Select an itinerary to see the most popular castles such as Eilean Donan on the west coast and Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness, or take the Castle Trail in Aberdeenshire. Customised trips arranged especially for you or themed tours to follow in your clan footsteps available on request. Small parties taken in cars or a minibus, or tours for larger coach parties also arranged.
- Claymore Travel
Stirling-based tour guide Derek Myles offers private tours with an informative commentary on Scotland's history, culture, wildlife, clan connections, etc. Minibus accommodating 2 to 12 passengers on day tours / up to 8 on extended tours.
Airport transfers also available.
- Colin Graham
STGA Blue Badge Guide for Scotland with 5- or 7-seater MPV for full day or half day tours. Driver-guided tours centred on Stirling and the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park. Specialises in Scotland’s geology, history, architecture and natural heritage. Services include airport transfers, route planning and accommodation arrangements. Extended tours also possible.
- Drymen Red Bus Co.
Day tours by minibus for groups of 2 - 12 people with pick up from Edinburgh, Glasgow, or Stirling. Sightseeing day tours can include Stirling Castle, Doune Castle & Glengoyne distillery, Inveraray Castle & Kilmartin (Argll) or Edinburgh & Rosslyn Chapel. A 7-day grand tour of Scotland is also available with sightseeing and walking off the beaten track. Private, tailor-made tours can be arranged. Airport transfers from Glasgow International & Prestwick. German spoken.
- Duncan McNab
Driver-guide offering private day tours for up to 4 people from from Edinburgh and Glasgow including St Andrews, Fife, Stirling, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs.
20 years experience as a tour manager, guide and driver. Flexible tour service for cruise ship passengers. Also available for longer tours and larger groups requiring a bus.
- Eat Walk Edinburgh
Afternoon guided tour for foodies visiting restaurants, shops and bars to enjoy one of their signature dishes - plus sampling wines and malt whisky in some of the venues. As you walk between restaurants, the guide talks about the history of Edinburgh and places of interest along the way in the Old Town and New Town.
- Exquisite Scotland
Family business based near Inverness offering customised guided tours in English, French, German, Italian or Spanish.
Transport by 8 seater Volkswagen Caravelle. Pick up service from airport, bus or train stations. Accommodation can be arranged.
Runners up in the 2005 and 2006 Highland Tourism Awards ('Ceud mile failte' category).
- G & C Touring
Husband and wife team offering tailormade itineraries throughout Scotland to suit your interests. Transport by VW transporter for 6 people. Christa is a member of the Scottish Tourist Guides Association. French, German and Swiss-German spoken.
- Go-Orkney / Nor'West Tours
A regular schedule of day trips by minibus from Inverness (including castles, standing stones, gardens and wildlife) to Skye, John o'Groats and Wester Ross. Tours of Orkney with accommodation are available. Private tours can be arranged.
- Gordon Tait
Driver/guide with a luxury Mercedes Vito (up to 6 seats) available for half or full day tours, as well as extended tours.
Services include airport “meet & greet”, tailor-made theme tours, ancestor research, etc.
Over 25 years of experience throughout the UK and Europe. Member of the Scottish Tourist Guides Association and International Association of Tour Managers.
- Great Orkney Tours
Jean Ross has lived in Orkney all her life and offers private guiding tailored to suit your interests and requirements. Archaeology, heritage, wildlife, geology and folklore.
Qualified as an accredited Orkney Tourist Guide to Scottish Tourist Guide Association standards.
- Guide Power
Sylvia Power is a professional Blue Badge driver-guide available for personalised private tours for independent travellers or for group tours in luxury coaches. Itinerary planning and accommodation can be arranged. Half day, full day or extended tours. Choice of vehicles. Fluent in Spanish.
- Happy Tours
Cameron Ross offers historic walking tours of Inverness and private guided tours by car for up to 6 people around the Highlands. Tours can include whisky distilleries, castles, Loch Ness, west coast, Skye, Royal Deeside, etc.
- Hebridean Explorer
Based at Loch Ness, John Macdonald offers private tours from Inverness to visit places such as Eilean Donan Castle, Isle of Skye, Wester Ross and Lochaber.
Tours can be designed for 1 - 4 days and cover the main Hebridean Islands and the Highlands of Scotland. Maximum 8 passengers in an air conditioned Mercedes Traveliner.
Your driver is a native of the Hebridean Island of Lewis and was raised in a Gaelic speaking family.
- Highland Chauffeur Drive
Personal guided tours or airport transfers in Mercedes-Benz cars or a people carrier. Based in Inverness.
Drivers are uniformed at all times and Highland Dress may be worn for if requested.
Wedding car hire also available.
- Highland Experience Tours
Daily scheduled tours by minibus from Edinburgh and Glasgow (1, 2, 3 or 5 days) including Loch Lomond, Rosslyn Chapel, St Andrews, Loch Ness, Oban and west coast, Highlands & Skye.
Multi-day tours offer a range of accommodation from hostels to B&Bs and small hotels.
Private, bespoke tours can be arranged. Scottish Tourist Board 5 Stars.
- Highland Journeys
Nicola Fraser of Beauly (near Inverness) has a luxury 6-seater vehicle to take small groups of 2 - 6 on personally guided tours of the Highlands including Skye, Wester Ross, Loch Ness & Glen Affric.
A day trip around Royal Deeside can be made from Aberdeen. Itineraries can be tailor-made from 1 day to 7 days with departures from Inverness, Aberdeen, Glasgow or Edinburgh. Holder of Welcome Host award. Winner of Best New Tourism Business in 2002.
- Highland Tour Guide
Hebridean-born tour guide (former college lecturer) based in Inverness with air conditioned executive vehicle. This proud Jacobite always wears the kilt and offers private guided tours throughout Scotland (half day, full day or longer). Airport pick ups from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness.
- Hola Scotland
Tailor made tours in a luxury Mercedes people carrier for 7-8 people from half a day to a full week. Johnny Pavon is a Blue Badge guide accredited by the (STGA) and a member of the Driver-Guides Association (DGA). He can provide tours in English, Spanish and Italian.
5-star quality private tours from Inverness by Tony Harmsworth - the expert on Loch Ness.
Variety of tours (2 hours, half day, full day, 2 days) covering the Inverness area including castles, standing stones and historic sites. Longer tours can include the Oban and Isle of Mull, or John o'Groats and Orkney.
Luxury Mercedes vehicle (max 7 passengers). Collection from hotel, station or airport.
- J A Johnstone Chauffeur Drive
Chauffeur driven customised tours (for a day or a month!) by car or 6-7 seat people carrier for individuals or small groups.
Over 20 years experience. Member of the Highlands Of Scotland Tourist Board and the American Society of Travel Agents.
- Janet Honnor is the Secretary of HOSTGA (Highlands of Scotland Tour Guide
Association). Her rates are from £121 for a full day and from £77 for a half day. Personal tours or coach parties.
She has lived near Culloden Battlefield since 1996 and also operates Westhill House B&B. E-mail: email@example.com.
- Kathleen Cameron
Professional Scottish tour guide living in Inveraray, Argyll. For walking or driving tours in cities, towns, or countryside, she can accompany groups of any size, from independent travellers (up to 7 in her own vehicle) to coach parties. Tours can be started from any destination including Edinburgh or Glasgow. Fluent in Spanish.
- Konstanze Tack
German born guide who has lived and worked in Scotland for many years. Full of history and anecdotes. Available for coach tours, cruise ships, welcome services and itinerary planning. Based near Inverness.
- Kyle Taxi Company
Based in Kyle of Lochalsh (near Skye Bridge). Driver with local knowledge.
Day tours of Skye & Lochalsh, or Plockton, Lochcarron and Torridon, or even Inverness and Loch Ness. Variety of vehicles. Full day or half day options.
- Loch Ness Taxis & Tours
Mark Williamson has a fleet of vehicles including an 8 seater Traveliner. Available for airport transfers and sightseeing tours around the Highlands.
- Maggie Anderson
Blue Badge Guide based in Edinburgh offering private tours all over Scotland to see castles, distilleries, scenery, etc. Specialising in history and more out-of-the-way sites.
Half day, full day or extended tours in a car or minibus with driver. French speaking. Member of the Scottish Tourist Guides Association.
- Margot McMurdo
Blue Badge tour guide and driver guide available for bespoke tours of half a day, full day or longer with coach, minibus, people carrier or car. Specialises in Edinburgh, Borders, whisky, distilleries, castles, clan tours, gardens, golf, historic houses, etc. Member of the Guild of Registered Tourist Guides, the Driver-Guides Association and Scottish Tourist Guides Association.
- Mini Tours Scotland
Craig McCall Flynn offers unique private guided driver tours of Scotland for up to 8 people lasting from 1 day to 1 month.
Based in Edinburgh, but can cover any part of Scotland, including the Highlands and Islands. Cruise liner passengers welcome. Member of the Scottish Tourist Board.
- Morag Dunbar
A Scottish Blue Badge Tourist Guide with a degree in Scottish History.
Day tours for up to 6 people and extended tours for up to 4 people using a Ford Galaxy people-carrier.
Also available for larger groups and coach parties. Member of the STGA, Guild of Registered Tourist Guides in Britain and the Driver-Guides Association.
- More Than Golf Tours
Based in Fife, Barbara Millar is a qualified 'Blue Badge' tourist guide offering a range of days out (full-day or half-day) using a VW Sharan carrying up to 6 people. Tours can be themed, e.g. whisky, culinary, shopping, historical.
Places to visit include Fife, Perthshire, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling, Royal Deeside. Extended tours also available.
- Munro Highland Tours
George Munro has lived in the Highlands all his life and is a fully qualified member of HOSTGA. Half day or full day tailor-made tours in the Highlands specialising in walking, wildlife, Scottish history, literature, castles and gardens. Private tours for groups of 6 or less. Also available for larger groups and coach parties. Pick-ups from Inverness/Dingwall or by arrangement.
- Out And About Tours
Based on Great Bernera (Lewis). Personal guided tours of Harris & Lewis (half day, full day or longer), as well as 4-night walking and sightseeing packages with hotel accommodation for individuals and/or small groups.
- Rhona Bean
Inverness-born, Blue Badge guide available for city walking tours, driver-guiding for up to 8 people, coach tours, cruise ship passengers, itinerary planning & welcome services.
Tours in English and French. Member of STGA and HOSTGA.
- Scot AnSgeulaiche
A professional traditional Highland Storyteller, or Seanachaidh, akin to the clan bards of times past. He shares clan tales and Scottish history, with those visiting their ancestral land or wishing to know more of their history, genealogy or family tree.
In effect, he is a 'Native Guide'. Based in Argyll.
- Scottish Ancestral Trail
Specialises in exclusive private tours based on your Scottish ancestry with customised itinerary, chauffeur driven transport and accommodation all arranged.
- Scottish Driver Guides
Choice of guides specialising in taking individuals, small groups and families on private, tailor-made tours all over Scotland. All with many years of experience, offering transport by air-conditioned and fully insured vehicles.
Members of Scottish Tourist Guides Association, Guild of Registered Tour Guides and the Driver Guides Association. Foreign languages spoken: German, Spanish, French, Italian.
- Scottish Highland Tours
Based in Fort William, Peter MacGillivray offers private tours which can include Inverness, Oban, Skye, Ardnamurchan, Mull, Iona, etc. All tours are chauffeur-driven in an executive saloon car or people carrier.
Collection from airport, ferry, coach or rail terminals can be arranged.
- Scottish T@lespinner
Highland author, historian and raconteur, Hugh G Allison offers tailor-made tours using an MPV for up to 4 persons.
He specialises in clan land tours and historical insights. Walking tours around Culloden & Clava Cairns, 18th century weapons demonstrations, research, talks, storytelling sessions and itinerary planning are also available.
- Secret Safaris
Based near Fort William, Nairn McArthur offers full day or half day guided tours to the hidden heart of the Highlands. Fully insured top-of-the-range vehicles such as Land Rover, People Carrier, Prestige Saloon.
West Highland Way transport, executive taxi service and airport transfers available.
- Serenity Scotland
Working from Edinburgh, Iain Stewart is a graduate in history and a post-graduate in ethnology and Scottish folklore. Private, small group tours to explore the history, folklore, music and the broad cultural delights of this dramatic country. Full day or multi-day tours with 8, 16 and 29 seater vehicles. Concierge service, Edinburgh walking tours, self drive packages and itinerary planning also available. Member of VisitScotland.
- Shore Excursions
Half day and whole day sightseeing tours from the cruise liner port of Invergordon or from Inverness.
Transport by 7-seater minibus with local driver/guide. Destinations can include Dunrobin Castle, The Falls of Shin, Dalmore Distillery, Loch Ness and Urquart Castle.
- STAGS - Scottish Tours and Guiding Services
Team of professional guides throughout Scotland offering airport "meet and greet" services, cruise ship excursions,
tailor-made private tours, theme tours, planning for incoming tours, incentives and packages, etc.
- The Taxi Tour Experience
Taxi tour service for cruise liner passengers at the port of Invergordon (near Inverness). Each driver is a knowledgeable guide.
Tours can include castles and distilleries in the Highlands, Loch Ness, Inverness, Culloden Battlefield. Minimum 3.5 hours.
Choice of vehicles including multi-seaters for up to 8 people.
- Touring Scotland
'Blue-Badge' driver-guide Fiona Maxwell conducts tailor-made tours throughout Scotland.
Based in Edinburgh, she can also arrange accommodation, and has a people carrier for up to 6 passengers (she can organise tours for larger groups if required). Half-day, full-day and extended tours. French spoken. Member of the Scottish Tourist Guides Association and the Guild of Registered Tour Guides.
- Ullapool Tours
Based in Ullapool, James Stewart and Alice Keppel offer personalised guided tours of Wester Ross and Sutherland in a people carrier (max 6). Alice is a fluent German speaker and HOSTGA tour guide. Storytelling sessions and presentations also available.
- Walk Wild Scotland
Day tours by minibus for groups of 2 - 12 people with pick up from Edinburgh, Glasgow, or Stirling. Walking trips explore Loch Lomond & the Trossachs and can include a guided walk, a boat cruise or cycle ride. Sightseeing day tours can include Stirling Castle, Doune Castle & Glengoyne distillery, Inveraray Castle & Kilmartin (Argll) or Edinburgh & Rosslyn Chapel. A 7-day grand tour of Scotland is also available with sightseeing and walking off the beaten track. Private, tailor-made tours can be arranged. German spoken.
- Western Isles Wildlife Tours
Based in the Uists, former RSPB officer Steve Duffield offers guided tours throughout the year, ranging from half day or full tours, to 6-night all inclusive packages including accommodation. Discover the birds, mammals, insects and flora of the Hebrides.
- Wilderness Scotland
Tailor-made holidays for private groups in the Highlands & Islands. Activities can include walking, mountain biking, kayaking, canoeing and bird watching. Themed holidays (wildlife, whisky, history, etc.) and luxury breaks can also be arranged. A range of accommodation is available.
- WOW Scotland
Gordon Pearson is a qualifed mountain leader and experienced tour guide, who offers a variety of eco-friendly hiking tours from Inverness (plus a city centre walking tour). Driver guided tours are also available throughout the Highlands including trips to Loch Ness, Eilean Donan Castle and Skye. Shore excursions from Invergordon can also be booked.
Scottish Tour Guides Association
Highlands of Scotland Tour Guides Association
Orkney Tour Guides Association
These associations provide searchable directories of professional qualified tour guides
who are available for private tours, coach parties, wildlife walks, etc.