About the Scottish Tourist Guides Association

Established in 1959, the aim of Scottish Tourist Guides Association is simple: to provide clients with professional tourist guides who will inspire, educate and entertain.

Over the years, the STGA has built up a solid network of clients and has developed a first class reputation for providing highly skilled guides who can bring any travel itinerary to life. The STGA is the only professional membership body for fully trained and accredited guides in Scotland and is endorsed by both VisitScotland and VisitBritain.

The STGA now has over 500 members based in Scotland listed under different categories including Blue Badge Guides, Green Badge Guides and Yellow Badge Guides. Each guide brings a host of different skills ranging from languages to specialist areas of interest but what they all have in common is that they are great communicators.

Whether you’re travelling alone, with family and friends or as part of a leisure or corporate group – there’s no doubt that STGA can supply the right guide with the right skills to enhance your visit to Scotland.

The STGA takes pride in being able to provide guides to clients who are:

  • Fully trained
  • Professional
  • Fun and personable with in-depth knowledge of what’s hot and what’s not in Scotland
  • Experts in their field of interest
  • Highly skilled – speak, translate, interpret in 20 different languages
  • Qualified to tour as Driver Guides
  • Able to plan and design bespoke itineraries to suit any budget and timescale
  • Recommend/Organise tours suited to your budget and timescales

Our History

Guiding Lights: A History of the Scottish Tourist Guides Association 1959-2019 Book

Learn more about the extraordinary story of the Scottish Tourist Guides Association, from inception in 1959 to our 60th anniversary in 2019.

You will learn how guides are trained and hear some of the many amusing things that have happened to them while doing their job.

Scottish guides have also played a major role on the global stage providing no less than two presidents of the World Federation of Tourist Guides Associations. It also tells the story of how dramatically tourism has changed in Scotland over the years.

Available on Amazon in ebook format. Researched and written by Blue Badge guide Alasdair Northrop.

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