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Private Tour Guides

Our skilled guides have many roles. From a wide variety of backgrounds, our guides will impart their knowledge in an interesting, professional and entertaining way. They will make sure your tour runs smoothly, liasing with hotels, restaurants etc and be able to offer you alternative destinations and places off the beaten track.

Private Tour Guide: Alister

Alister

Alister was born in Scotland with family links to Alexander, 16th Chief of Keppoch, who died leading the clan at Culloden. He is married to Trish and has four children and a 9 year old grandaughter.

Alister completed a successful career in the police and retired to develop his passion for Scotland by working as a tour guide. He qualified as a Blue Badge Guide at Edinburgh University and his interests include Scottish history, golf, whisky and football.

What our clients say

"Our livers have recovered enough that we can say "Thank You" for arranging a delightful whisky tour. It exceeded our expectations and a primary reason was our guide, Alister. His style and charm proved a perfect match for Brian and me. I know the personal tour industry is your business, but you should know that you did it well in our case. Thank you."

Sally & Brian, U.S.A

Private Tour Guide: Elisabeth

Elisabeth

Elisabeth was born and brought up in Cumbria, in the north of England, where she developed a love and a passion for that county and the tranquil beauty of the English Lake District. Having lived in Scotland for many years, Elisabeth has been a  Blue Badge Guide since 2004 and in 2011, achieved the long-held ambition of gaining a Blue Badge qualification to guide in Cumbria.

She enjoys working with many nationalities, whether personalised family tours or large group travel. Elisabeth is particularly knowledgeable on Glasgow and Edinburgh and escorting homecoming clan members returning to their roots. When time allows, Elisabeth hobbies are travel, singing, music and musical theatre.

What our clients say

"The accommodations and personal you staffed this trip with were first class and exceeded my expectations. I wanted to especially give my appreciation to Elisabeth. She was extremely knowledgeable, personable and displayed the highest level of professionalism. I would recommend her to anyone on a similar excursion. Thank you again for helping me to provide a holiday that my family and I will never forget."

JD, Canada

Private Tour Guide: Hugh

Hugh

Hugh was brought up in Glasgow and graduated as a civil engineer from Glasgow University. He spent almost 40 years in the construction industry and his work took him to every corner of Scotland. Hugh lives in Bridge of Allan, near Stirling with his wife, Kay. He has worked as a tour guide since 2002 and has a great interest in Scotland's history.

Hugh's interests are impressive and diverse. He has represented Scotland at Rowing and shot for the Royal Naval Reserve. He is also a governor of Glasgow University. Hugh's love of all things Scottish is legendary and he maintains research into the finest lunching and dining places.

What our clients say

"Hugh,you made our travel in bonny Scotland such a wonderful experince. We are grateful for your knowledge and most of all, your delightful sense of humour. we learned so much about Scotland we would have missed without you."

Nancy & Tom, Canada

Private Tour Guide: Jean

Jean

Jean was born in Perth, the city famous for the River Spey and salmon fishing and now lives in a small town on the River Forth near the eastern end of the Antonine Wall. Jean has been a guide for almost 20 years and has extensive experience prior to this in hospitality and the hotel sector. As a result, she has an outstanding knowledge of the history and culture of Scotland.

Jean believes that, whilst touring, she learns so much from her clients. She is interested in genealogy and his tracking her own ancestors at present. Jean has a wide range of interests including Scottish Highland Dancing and walking.

What our clients say

"Jean offered us the perfect tour of your beautiful country. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend her to anyone."

Frank & Mary, Washington

Private Tour Guide: Jeremy

Jeremy

Jeremy has worked for Classic Scotland for since 2004 and is always keen to entertain as well as inform. He studied at the University of London, first studying Geography then Intellectual Property Law, becoming a Patent Attorney. A few years later, he made best use of his commercial skills in the teaching industry, rising rapidly to be a Principal.

He lives in the beautiful rolling hills of the Cotswolds and likes to show the historic villages and countryside he has known since he was a boy. Together with country pursuits such as shooting, hunting and fishing, Jeremy has a wide range of other interests and likes to keep fit by walking and cycling. He loves good food, beer and keeps a directory of the finest restaurants.

What our clients say

"Jeremy knew the lovely villages of England very well. We had such a great time weaving in and out of small towns interspersed with gorgeous countryside. I must say that Jeremy was not only extremely knowledgeable and professional, but with his warm sense of humour, patience and wonderful advice he made our trip more than memorable. We all think of him as a family friend and are grateful for his kindness"

AR and Family, California

Private Tour Guide: Michael

Michael

Michael having qualified in argriculture from Edinburgh University, spent over 40 years farming in East Scotland. It involving both 500 acres arable and complementary livestock enterprises. He retired in 2001 and qualified as a Blue Badge Guide. With a wide range of guiding over the last 10 years he now excels as a driver/guide.

Michael's interests include Scottish history, geography and culture, whisky, architecture, but his main hobby is sailing especially cruising Scotland West Coast, he is a RYA Yachtmaster.

What our clients say

"The best experience"

JA , Texas

Private Tour Guide: Mike

Mike

Mike was born in England and graduated in Economics before he went on to take an MBA in California, woking for many years in the IT industry. Mike has lived and worked in Edinburgh for the last 30 years and in 2004 he graduated as a Blue Badge Guide. He is an acknowledged expert on Edinburgh and has a keen interest in Scottish history.

Mike is a "foodie" and enjoys sampling restaurants around the country and can always recommend somewhere to eat. He is adept at finding "off the beaten track" routes and Scotland's hidden gems.

What our clients say

"Together, Mike, my husband and I explored the wonderful land of Scotland and Mike was always there with helpful tips, knowledge and wonderful companionship. We can only say that the trip was fantastic because of Mike. We so enjoyed his company and couldn't have asked for a better guide."

Steve & Susan, New York

Private Tour Guide: Sheila

Sheila

Sheila qualified as a Blue Badge Guide in 2010 and but has worked in the tourism industry for more than 15 years. She started her working life as a tour escort in Italy and then moved on to work with some of the most prestigeous hotels and operators in Scotland. Sheila is fluent in Italian and German.

Married to John, Sheila has many interests and keeps up her language skills by helping overseas journalists improve their English. She is also very interested in Scotland's long history, movie locations and enjoys running.

What our clients say

"Sheila is a wonderful tour guide, an enjoyable travelling companion and a most informative educator on the history associated with each area. Thank you arranging such a delightful trip. "

J , California

Private Tour Guide: Shena

Shena

Shena lives in N.E. Fife, not far from St Andrews.  Being a graduate of St Andrews University she is particularly delighted to show people round this historic town.  Prior to her guiding career, Shena’s professional background embraced both education and counselling.

Shena enjoys meeting people and showing them the many attractions which Scotland has to offer – from Border abbeys to Highland castles and distilleries. She is particularly interested in gardens and nature. Shena has been attending a Gaelic beginners class in the hope of being able to pronounce some of the trickier names of Scotland’s magnificent mountains!

What our clients say

"“Many thanks for a wonderful, exciting, educational and a memorable trip.”"

Carol & John, California

Private Tour Guide: Stuart

Stuart

Stuart is a graduate of Glasgow University with a master's degree in Economics and Politics and worked in the chemicals industry with ICI. He also worked in Philadelphia and was seconded to the UK Department of Trade and Industry as an export advisor for the North American market.

Stuart and his wife Morven live in Crieff in Highland Perthshire, just a few miles from Gleneagles. As a Blue Badge Guide, Stuart is an expert on Scotland's diverse heritage and history. He is enthusiastic about all Scotland has to offer. His personal interests include golf, and malt whisky.

What our clients say

"Our trip was wonderful. Stuart is truly outstanding as an individual and as a guide with an encyclopaedic knowledge and wonderful personality. He really made the trip for us. We would not hesitate to recommend your company to our friends."

H & M, New York

Private Tour Guide: Tom

Tom

Born on the Island of Islay and educated in Glasgow, Tom’s professional civil engineering career took him to over 20 different countries. In the early days, Tom was accompanied on overseas assignments by his wife Cairine. Retiring early in June 2001, he plunged with enthusiasm, into the study required to become a Blue Badge Guide.

Tom is interested in all aspects of Scotland’s complex cultural, natural and built  heritage. The history, architecture, natural landscapes, music and literature that set Scotland apart, are the driving forces that fuel Tom’s love of his homeland.

What our clients say

"Tom Caskie really knew his area and Scottish history (2 of the people were history teachers/professors) and was a great guide."

SB, Illinois

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