Private Transport & Tour Guides in Scotland

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Rabbie's tours from Edinburgh

Many guides are accredited with the Scottish Tour Guides Association (STGA)
and/or Highlands of Scotland Tourist Guide Association (HOSTGA).

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Best Scottish Tours
    This family business has over 20 years experience and specialises in small group tours (maximum 8 people per vehicle) with a dedicated driver/guide, accommodation and meals included. Custom tours (from 3 to 12 days) cover destinations across Scotland from the Lowlands to the Highlands, Hebrides and Orkney. Summer and winter tours available.
  • Caledonian Tours
    Robert Bowles is a qualified STGA Blue Badge who can offer driver guided tours for up to 8 people in his vehicle. Starting from Edinburgh or Glasgow, day tours or extended tours can be customised. Also available for walking tours, coaches / cruise liners. Themes can include castles, ancient historical sites, ancestral tourism, Outlander Member of the European Federation of Tourist Guides Associations (FEG) and Member of the World Federation of Tourist Guides (WFTGA). Robert is the only native Scot to be qualified to guide in Russian.
  • 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.
  • 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 / Earthwise
    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.
    Offering private tours for small groups with professional guides - Outlander locations, Scottish castles, clan lands.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Experienced Tours
    Small team of kilt-wearing professional Scottish tourist guides offering private guided tours starting from Edinburgh. Half day or full day tours, or multi-day customised itineraries. Pick up from hotel or cruise ship. Luxury minivan (Mercedes V Classes) for 6 - 7 passengers. Tour themes can include Mary Queen of Scots, Outlander locations, cathedrals, castles, whisky distilleries and more from Edinburgh to the Borders, Loch Lomond, Stirling, Glasgow, Fife and the Highlands. Scottish Tourist Board accredited.
  • 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.
  • Glen 2 Glen Tours
    Based in the Scottish Highlands, Andrew Baxter is a qualified STGA Green Badge regional specialist leading private driver-guided tours across the North and West Highlands, as well as Speyside. Tailor-made tours will allow you to discover the hidden Highlands and visit places beyond the normal tourist trail. Available for individuals, small groups, coach parties, corporate clients, and cruise ship shore excursions.
  • 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.
  • Guided Tours of Scotland
    Glasgow-based Greg Kain has 10 years experience as a private tour guide. He can offer day tours from Glasgow or Edinburgh, or longer customised tour itineraries for up to 2 weeks which can include the Highlands, island hopping or even a Grand Tour of the British Isles.
  • Happy Tours
    Cameron Ross offers historic walking tours of Inverness and private guided tours for small groups around the Highlands. Tours can include whisky distilleries, castles, Loch Ness, west coast, Skye, Royal Deeside, Outlander locations, etc. Tailor-made tours also available from Invergordon for cruise ship passengers.
  • 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 Discovery Tours
    Andy Mason offers personal guided tours from the Inverness area or he can pick you up from cruise ships at Invergordon. Day tours can be arranged by car or people carrier (up to 8 passengers). Destinations can include Skye, Fort William, Loch Ness, Balmoral and Royal Lochnagar. Explore castles, distilleries or Outlander connections in the Highlands.
  • 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 is a professional Tour Guide and freelance Travel Consultant with a special interest in natural history and Highland culture. With a 4x4 vehicle, she offers private tours of Aberdeenshire and Royal Deeside including day trips to visit castles and distilleries. Available for private shore excursions from cruises docking at Aberdeen. Bespoke tours can be arranged. Travel planning services also available. 20 years experience.
  • Highland Quest
    Small private 1-day tours from Inverness (usually about 6-8 hours). Choose your own itinerary. Options can include Outlander locations, Speyside Whisky Trail, Loch Ness, the Isle of Skye, Jacobite Train from Fort William to Mallaig, Highland Whisky distilleries, North Coast 500, etc. Longer trips are available to the Isles of Mull, Harris, Lewis and Skye.
  • Highland Tour Guide
    Experienced tour guide (former college lecturer) based in Inverness with air conditioned minivan with 7 seats. Highlander John specialises in day tours from Inverness and can also provide private tours from anywhere in Scotland. Themed tours can include Outlander, whisky distilleries, castles, clans, MacBeth, Brahan Seer, the Picts. Popular destinations include Loch Ness, Skye, Fort William, Mull. Airport pick ups from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness.
  • Inverness Custom Tours (ICT)
    Team of guides who can take you on a private tour of Scotland in a car or people carrier. Destinations include Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, the Highlands and Islands. Themed tours around Outlander locations. Guides can be provided for coach parties.
    5-star quality private tours throughout Scotland by Hugh Allison (qualified and accredited HOSTGA guide) and his team. Variety of tours (anything from a half day to 2 weeks) covering scenery, history, Outlander, Islands, whisky, Clan Tours and more. Collection in spacious air-conditioned 8-seater vehicles, from hotel, station or airport. Walking tours of Inverness and area also available.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mamore Tours
    Sarah Fanet is a song writer and trained tour guide based in Kinlochleven (Lochaber). She offers private 1-day tours in a people carrier around Glencoe, Oban, Mull/Iona, Ardnamurchan, Road to the Isles, etc. She can arrange a Gaelic Music Experience with Mary Ann Kennedy or you can visit fiddle player Eilidh Shaw.
  • 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.
  • My Scotland Tours
    Private 1-day tours for up to 6 people guided by Frank McCafferty. Explore castles, distilleries, Outlander locations and historic battlefields. Options include Stirling, Loch Lomond, the Trossachs, Fife, Edinburgh and the Lothians. Ask for your own bespoke tour.
  • Ness Tours
    Robert Laidlaw is a private tour guide who can collect you from anywhere in the Highlands - from your hotel, cruise ship at Invergordon, railway station or airport. Popular tours include Highland scenery, whisky distilleries, castles, historic sites, Loch Ness, etc. Tours are tailor-made to suit your interests. Minimum duration of 3 hours from Inverness or 5 hours from Invergordon.
  • North Coast Explorer Tours
    Small family-run business specialising in single and multi-day tours across the North Coast 500 and North Highlands. Luxury 4x4 vehicle for groups of up to 4 people. Bespoke itineraries can include scenery, culture, history, castles, wildlife, distilleries, crafts, et. Driver/Guide, Robert James, is STGA Green Badge accredited and a HOSTGA member. Visit Scotland 5 star tours. Tours can start and finish anywhere in the North Highlands including Inverness. Day tours also available for cruise ship passengers at Scrabster.
  • 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.
  • RobbieMac Tours
    Based in Caithness, Robyn Jobson is a STGA Green Badge and HOSTGA Tour Guide. She specialises in private guided tours of the North Highlands, especially Caithness and Sutherland. Robyn is also a genealogist who can provide ancestry/genealogy services, as well as Clan and Ancestry Tours. Tours can be half day, full day or longer. She can pick up from cruise ships docking at Scrabster or Invergordon. Themes can include castles, archaeology such as brochs and cairns, whisky and gin distilleries, Vikings, Highland Clans, Jacobites and Outlander, the Highland Clearances, the North Coast 500 Route, and HM The Queen Mother in Caithness.
  • Scot AnSgeulaiche
    Based in Argyll. 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'.
  • Scotland Castle Tours
    Margarita Herries has been working as a Russian speaking Scottish tour guide since she qualified as an accredited Scottish Blue Badge Tourist Guide in 2004. From half day visits to 2-week tours, she covers all areas of the country from Lowlands to Highlands, from cities to islands. Bespoke tours can include distilleries, castles and stately homes, literary & film locations, dine dining, shopping, fishing and shooting. Also available for incentive and corporate tours.
  • 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.
  • Scottish Terrier Tours
    Family-run tour company based near Glasgow, offering private guided tours for families (infants and children welcome) and small groups. Tailor made tours for 1 or more days in a luxury Mercedes People Carrier for up to 6 people. Available for Greenock shore excusions.
  • 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 car for up to 4 people or minibus for up to 8 people with local driver/guide. Destinations can include Eilean Donan Castle, Dunrobin Castle, The Falls of Shin, Dalmore Distillery, Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle.
  • Spirit Journeys Ltd
    Travel agency/tour operator based in Inverness with over 25 years experience. They can arrange tailor-made holidays (for individuals or groups), honeymoons, bespoke weddings or other special events. Half day and full day private tours of Scotland can be arranged (including themes such as wildlife, birdwatching, golf, culinary, whisky, archaeology, etc.). Outlander tours are available (from 1 to 10 days). This company is registered with ATOL and the Travel Trust Association.
  • 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.
  • Sublime Scotland
    Susan Ross is a driver/guide private tour operator who can take up to 4 passengers in a luxury Honda CRV. Tailor made tours (1 or more days) around can feature castles, distilleries, history, scenery, wildlife, etc. Based in Stirling, Susan is available for shore excursions for cruise ships (Glasgow / Edinburgh ports). Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor.
  • 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.
  • Wind & Cloud Travel
    Enthusiastic German speaking tour guides for Scotland. Guided whisky and walking tours as well as tailor-made travel packages for individuals and groups are also available.
  • WOW Scotland
    Gordon Pearson is a qualifed mountain leader and experienced tour guide, who offers a variety of private tours from Inverness throughout the Highlands including trips to Speyside, Loch Ness, Eilean Donan Castle and Skye. Shore excursions from Invergordon or Portree (Isle of Skye) can also be booked by cruise ship passengers.

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.