Morag Dunbar, Scottish Driver-Guide and an accredited Scottish Blue Badge Tourist Guide - eilean donan castleMorag Dunbar, Scottish Driver-Guide and an accredited Scottish Blue Badge Tourist Guide - Suilven Mountain in the late summer sunshineMorag Dunbar, Scottish Driver-Guide and an accredited Scottish Blue Badge Tourist Guide - Suilven Mountain in the Cloud

 

2019 – and looking forward to another lovely year!

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In the Isle of Harris Distillery

In the Isle of Harris Distillery

I am writing this just at the start of 2019 with winter ahead and lots of planning of next year’s tours.  Already a lot of enquiries are coming in.  Several extended tours are already in place and the month of August is fully booked.

Outlander  has featured a lot in tours this year and last month I had two single day tours from Edinburgh.  When it started in the US, Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander was sadly not shown on TV in the UK (no idea why) but I purchased the full set of DVDs of season one and enjoyed it very much.  Now it is being shown here on More4 channel. It is good to see a series on Scotland with authentic costume, landscape, accents, language and music.  A lot of good research has gone into making this.  My Outlander page is up and running with photos of Lallybroch, Castle Leoch and Craigh na Dun added.  Great fun getting the photos!  My latest success was finding the location of the cave where Jamie hides.

Each year I meet some truly charming people and this year was no exception.  I have been to the Drumtochty Highland Games – a small event compared to the large ones like Braemar which I also attended (but all the nicer for that).  It is always such fun and at the smaller events you get to see everything close up.

I had two late tours this year – one with Murray and Susan Steinfink which was lovely.  We went right up the west coast and over to Skye then over to Nairn (north of Inverness).  The autumn colours were stunning.  Susan had broken two bones in her foot but still managed most of the visits except the more challenging castles.  Our weather was mixed but the light on some of the days was outstanding and I got some of my best photos ever.  My other late tour was with 2 Australians in November when daylight hours are limited and visitor attractions closed for the winter.  In spite of that we did manage some great visits and saw Skye in all sorts of weather.  Even though it was winter, the colours of the landscape were lovely.  We even managed south of the Border to Northumbria and visited the lovely tidal island of Lindisfarne.  Actually it often fits in to include some visits to the north of England eg Hadrian’s Wall particularly if the clients are travelling to or from Edinburgh.  The north of England is easy to link with touring Scotland and I love going down to that part which has such strong connections (not always friendly) with Scotland.  The Scottish Borders is another area with lots to see and is steeped in turbulent history.

I have now done the last of my Wayfarers  walks.  Wayfarers is a walking tour company which has employed me for many years to help with their Scottish walks. This particular walk involves travelling up to the top of the Cairngorm mountains (assisted by funicular railway and with amazing views), walking in the Perthshire hills then back to Edinburgh to explore the city. It is always great fun with lovely people.  However it is also time-consuming and I have decided that it is time to concentrate on my own tours and have some more time off in between.  I have thoroughly enjoyed all the walks I have done with them and can recommend them as a great company to take a walking holiday with.

All my work now is driver-guiding, and what I love about it is the variety.  Our country has so much to offer in the way of things to do and see (check my tour pages).  I would be delighted to help you explore it.  If you have any queries or would like to book please do not hesitate to contact me via my online contact form for more information or just e-mail me direct on morag@scotland-tour-guide.co.uk

Lastly may I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a Guid New Year!