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    • Blue Badge Guides undergo a rigorous 18 month training course in the classroom and out on the road, completing in excess of 1,300 hours of study.
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New Scottish Tourist Guides Graduation

Scotland has 31 new tourist guides to help cater for the growing number of visitors coming north of the border.

2018 stga graduation

This week they received their blue badges from STGA president, The 13th Duke of Argyll, Torquhil Campbell, at Linlithgow Burgh Halls.

president of STGA at 2018 graduation

The Duke revealed that visitor numbers have grown at his castle from 102,000 in 2016 to 125,000 this year said that Scotland’s tourism industry was in wonderful shape. “It really is so positive and it is so encouraging to hear the statistics about tourism in Scotland,“ he said.

STGA chairman Linda Arthur pointed to the recent Lonely Planet inclusion of the Highlands and Islands in its top 10 Best in Travel destinations. “The demands of our tourism industry are growing at a rapid speed,” she said.

Visitors expect high standards and the Blue Badge qualification provides reassurance to tour operators and travel agents that they are getting the best.

STGA Blue Badge course co-director Alison Reid said it was a brilliant time to be a guide. “We have an increasing amount of business coming in and the season is getting longer as well.”

The STGA has a strong specialism in providing guides with foreign language skills. Languages spoken by some of the new guides include French, Italian and German, Finnish, Russian, Turkish and Chinese mandarin.

The new guides come from a wide range of backgrounds including a photojournalist, a science researcher and an archaeologist.

Blue Badge tourist guides are qualified to take visitors on tours anywhere in Scotland.

The new guides are (In alphabetical order): Karen Anderton, Paula Benassi, Elaine Black, Gill Brown, Valerie Eglinton, Katrina Faccenda, Miles Forde, Agnes Fraser, Federica Giacobbe, Sean Gordon, Robert Keightley, Emmanuelle Lennon, James Leslie, Maureen Lightbody, Christelle Liscia-Sadik, Alasdair Macdonald, Fiona Mackenzie, Maggie Macrae, Vivienne McConaghy, Kaori Mcgregor, Anne McPhail, Deborah McVittie, Heather McWalter, Mairi Naseer, Anne Reid, Dorothy Rodger, David Spooner, John White and Diana Maria Zilioli.

  Congratulations to all

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

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    Incentive Department

    Gullivers Travel Agency