I first got into tourguiding just over eleven years ago. It wasn’t a career path that I had planned. I simply saw a job advertised to train to become a tourguide and work for a company which specialised in minibus tours around Scotland. It seemed like a fun thing to try out and I’m sure glad that I did!
From day one of my training I fell in love with my country. I mean sure, I already loved Scotland but this was something now that was much deeper. It was an understanding of our history, our origins, our culture, our legends. It was going to old battlefields where the history came alive once more. It was exploring areas of breathtaking beauty, standing on serene and remote beaches at the edge of the old world, it was waterfall walks through native woodland, it was gasping in awe at sweeping ancient glens.
This was an awakening of sorts - truly appreciating my good fortune that I live in one of the most beautiful countries on Earth, and having a job where I get to show people from all over the world just how enchanting and magical Scotland is.
Eleven years on and I’m still as awe-struck and amazed as the people are when I take them to these places. It’s a shared experience and I love seeing the wonder on their faces when we stop to take in an old abandoned castle, or a majestic mountain range. I love sharing stories about our legends and famous kings and queens as we drive from one gorgeous spot to another. And it’s not only about what we see, it’s also about what we feel. The atmosphere and the magic is tangible here in Scotland (you’ll understand when you come here!).
For me personally, I love visiting our neolithic sites where ceremonial stones have stood for five thousand years. I also love going on nature walks and catching glimpses of deer, red squirrels, eagles, otters, seals, dolphins. For a relatively small country Scotland has a rich abundance of things to see and visit.
I look forward to sharing this unforgettable experience with you soon.