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Hugh O.

Bridge of Allan, Scotland, United Kingdom

I started working life as a Civil Engineer, with a degree from Glasgow University, and worked in construction, travelling throughout Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom.

For the last 15 years, I served at Director or Regional Managing Director level on Regional and UK Boards of major building and civil engineering companies.

On early retirement in 2004 I trained as a Blue Badge Guide, taking the 2 year course successfully at Edinburgh University. Since then I have travelled throughout the whole of the Scottish Mainland, and all the major Islands, generally as a Driver Guide. I have also spent 11 years as a Governor at Glasgow Caledonian University.

I thoroughly enjoy taking people round my country -its great to meet new people and share with them my own enthusiasm in exploring all the many and varied delights this country has to offer. And these delights can vary from exploring the subtleties of a single malt whisky to standing in the footsteps of Braveheart!

A Recent Review of this guide

Hugh was a thorough delight. He is an expert on the history of Scotland, but more importantly he gave us great insight into the character of the people and the forces that shaped modern Scotland. Although he had a well-planned program for the day, he was totally flexible and found ways to accommodate our personal desires. We would certainly recommend Hugh as a perfect Scotsman to spend a day experiencing Scotland.
Michael Mitchell

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Credentials

Certificate in Scottish Studies (2004) Edinburgh University.
Blue Badge Examination (2004) Scottish Tourist Guide Association
Medieval and Early Modern Scotland (2007) Dundee University
Modern Scotland (2005) Dundee University
Scottish History 17th Century (2006) Stirling University
Scotch Whisky Expertise Certificate (2010) Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre
Cruise Guide Training (2011) Progress International
Sporting Heritagee Guide Accreditation (2014) Scottish Tourist Guide Association
Scottish Wars of Independence Seminar (2013)

Restrictions

None.

Guide Requirements for United Kingdom

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Tours by Hugh O.

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Private tour of Edinburgh Old Town on,...

Edinburgh Castle, Royal Mile, St Giles and various closes on the way

374 USD per tour

(for up to 8 people)

8 hours

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Private Edinburgh Day Trip

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Private Drive through New Town Architecture and Visits to Roslin Chapel,,...

917 USD per tour

(for up to 7 people)

8 hours

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Private Tour of the Highlands 1

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Whisky tasting, a Castle and stunning scenery

1035 USD per tour

(for up to 7 people)

8 hours

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Private Tour of the Highlands 2

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Stirling Castle, the Trossachs and Loch Katrine Sail

1035 USD per tour

(for up to 7 people)

8 hours

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A private tour of the Southern Highlands

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Drive through wonderful scenery and see Doune Castle, to Inveraray,...

1088 USD per tour

(for up to 7 people)

8 hours

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Private Tour around Gleneagles 1

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Braveheart Country and a Malt Whisky Distillery

786 USD per tour

(for up to 3 people)

8 hours

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Private Tour from Gleneagles 2

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A drive through the Southern Highlands

839 USD per tour

(for up to 3 people)

8 hours

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Your Scottish Roots -- a Private Tour

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Explore where your family came from in Scotland.

904 USD per tour

(for up to 3 people)

8 hours

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Scottish Life in the Good Old Days

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Fighting , eating and drinking whisky

944 USD per tour

(for up to 3 people)

8 hours

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2-day tour with Edinburgh as a base

Stirling Castle, and surroundings on Day one. Edinburgh Castle and,...

1376 USD per tour

(for up to 3 people)

2 days

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