Below are a list of FAQs:

What is the difference between an STGA guide and any other guide?
An STGA guide has gone through 2 years of training to become a professional guide, this means you can be assured of high quality and accurate information. Our training also covers emergency situations, so you can rest at ease that we know what we are doing and have your safety as a priority. Non-STGA guides do not go through our rigorous training programme.

All of our guides are covered by Public Liability & Professional Indemnity Insurance.

How can I be sure that our guide has correct knowledge?
Our guides go through rigorous testing during their training and sit an exam at the end of that training. Part of the exam tests for knowledge and accuracy of information. Also once qualified our guides may partake in our CPD (continuous professional development) programme to ensure their information is correct and up to date.
How will I know if my guide carries out CPD?
All guides that have met the criteria to gain the CPD certificate will have an CPD icon in their profile page.STGA CPD Purple Thistle
What is a Blue Badge Guide?
A Blue Badge guide is a professionally qualified guide able to guide throughout Scotland. When they pass the exam they are given a blue coloured badge. STGA Blue badge courseThe blue badge course lasts 2 years in accordance with EN15565.
What is a Green Badge Guide
A Green Badge guide is a professional able to guide within a specific area of Scotland. This means that island specific guides e.g. Shetland guides, who only want to guide within the archipelago of the Shetland Islands, have qualified for this area only. Scottish Tourist Guides Association Green Badge courseThe training course is in accordance with EN15565.
What is the difference between a Blue Badge guide and a Green Badge guide?
A Blue Badge guide is a professionally qualified guide able to guide throughout the whole of Scotland and a Green Badge guide is qualified for a specified region of Scotland. This region will be stated in their profile.