Travelled yes, keen sailor and traveller but my home is Scotland of which I am very proud.
I've been in been working in law and business for many years. Almost retired I decided to try acting and tour guiding. I am passionate about history and have my own story to tell.
I've worked on a number of films in Scotland including Outlander, The Cry, Churchill, Trainspotting, The Wife and a load of BBC dramas. So if your bag is film sets I've done them.
But my real passion is Scottish History whether its chasing down the Scottish Wars of Independence, the Jacobite wars or the Scottish witch trials I can spin a tale.
I often find its the minutiae of a story that brings it all together.
Working on the Outlander film series has given me an insight on how uncomfortable the clothing and shoes our ancestors wore. Standing in a field during the battle of Culloden dressed as a Redcoat was not fun, particularly if you were about to be attacked by some hairy highlander.
Scotland has some wonderful places and a variety beyond compare. Whether its a tour of Edinburgh Castle, The Edinburgh old town or an Edinburgh New Town experience the city is quite magnificent. However although it's the capital of Scotland it's not Scotland's Largest city. That privilege belongs to Glasgow, my home town.
Glasgow is Scotland's largest city and as the slogan says " People Make Glasgow". Without the grandeur of Edinburgh, Glasgow has some of the finest Victorian architecture in the world and all accessible in a day walk. Exploring Glasgow's history which was so intertwined in the American tobacco, slave and sugar trade is fascinating.
Within thirty minutes of Glasgow lies Loch Lomond whose "Bonny Banks" have caused many a poet to pen a song.
All these are best enjoyed in a small group. The large tour bus just cannot access many of the small castle and historical sites. I often visit Dumbarton Castle where William Wallace (Braveheart) was held. At times my small four person group were the only visitors. Whereas a visit to Edinburgh or Stirling castle we are sharing with perhaps three or four thousand others.
So if its a small bespoke tour with a real insight into Scotland to examine and perhaps debunk some of the myths lets get together.
Hold PVG and Enhanced Disclosure. These relate to work I do within the law. It means I hold a clean criminal record and am cleared to work with children (PVG) protecting vulnerable groups.
I hold green badge from Edinburgh Tour Buses as a qualified Edinburgh Tour Bus Guide.
Working toward Blue Badge Status (STGA)