An introduction to our greatest asset, the knowledgeable, extrovert, fun loving guide team, who work hard to make every tour unique, interesting and enjoyable!
I was originally a professional musician, entertaining and touring with different acts for over twenty years. I started tour guiding and driving around Scotland just under a decade ago. I forgot how amazing my country was until I changed to this role, and look forward to avidly sharing it with you guys.
I was born and raised in Perthshire, one of six kids. I've had many jobs but my favourite has to be my current one as a tour guide. I have been guiding people around Scotland for seven years and am very passionate about my country and what it has to offer. I am a huge fan of Irn Bru, our other national drink... and keep to a typical Scottish diet of pizza and pies!!
I’ve done many jobs in my days, even managed to be an engineer for a while. But none of them can match being a tour guide for a small, friendly company like Heart of Scotland Tours. Every day is different, the dramatic scenery changes with the mists and clouds and sun (occasionally it rains!), although the fascinating history remains the same. I like to think that I show my love of this beautiful country when I’m guiding, but hopefully in a realistic and honest way. I look forward to sharing it with you.
I was born in Edinburgh and recently returned after 20 years away. Rediscovering Scotland's fabulous scenery - the wild Highlands, the rugged coast and peaceful islands - is a complete joy, and I feel privileged to spend my days sharing Scotland's unique magic with our visitors. I am passionate about Scotland and my tours will introduce you to some of the characters in our past who have helped shape our distinct history. I look forward to meeting you on a Heart of Scotland Tour.
Having grown up in Dundee on Scotland’s east coast and spent my childhood holidaying up in the Highlands, returning to Scotland after 10 years living abroad felt like a real ‘homecoming’. Travelling and working in some of the world’s most iconic places has been a fantastic experience for me. It has, however, only made my love and affection for Scotland grow as I’ve come to realise how lucky we are here with our stunning scenery, diverse wildlife and long, fascinating (and often brutal and bloody) history. With Heart of Scotland, I really believe I’ve found my perfect job! Driving around my beautiful homeland, sharing some of its highlights at the same time as meeting interesting people from all over the world just couldn’t be any more ‘up my street’. I’m looking forward to meeting some of you soon on a Wee Red Bus!
Our wonderful wee country is a world in miniature, jam packed with stories and brimming with everything life has to offer. I love it and I’d love to share it with you. I have been driver guiding now for ten years but can share a knowledge and a passion that has roots going back far longer than that. I began exploring my love of Scotland as a boy on a bicycle and then a young man on a motorbike. I first became involved in heritage and tourism with Historic Scotland as the manager of Edinburgh’s ‘other magnificent castle’ – Craigmillar! Then I progressed to managing the incredible Rosslyn Chapel during the height of Da Vinci mania! For the last decade I have been retracing tracks I first laid down on my motorbike! But nowadays these journeys roll along with the more laid back momentum of a small bus! I’d be delighted if you’d join me!
I’m a Glasgow born lad with a background in the dairy industry, working for over 25 years with farmers, land owners and communities throughout Scotland and the north of England. Going to work was an absolute pleasure, visiting some amazing parts of the country on a day to day basis. Becoming a driver guide has enabled me to continue this and consolidate all my passions into one. It’s an honour and a pleasure to show off my country to fellow travellers - sharing the history, culture, myths and dramatic landscapes within these lands. At Heart of Scotland there is a tour for everyone, come on board a Wee Red Bus and let us show you how amazing Scotland is.
After many years working as a retail manager, I decided to leave the comfort of my office and head for the hills. That's when I realised I could visit all my favourite places, and share them with the rest of the world. My office now has some of the most beautiful views in the world and no emails in sight. When I have spare time I love to travel with my wife and daughter to Cullen in the north of Scotland for holidays....my family have to remind me not to guide when I drive them there! I look forward to seeing you on board a Wee Red Bus soon.
As a proud Scot, I enjoy showing visitors around my wonderful country. Scotland’s fascinating culture, geography and history provide many stories I love to tell. It is a living history set amongst beautiful scenery and friendly people. My clan is from the North-West Highlands where Gaels and Vikings lived. This is a heritage that I live today. I am also a keen hiker and conservation volunteer – always in the great Scottish outdoors! Scotland’s story is sometimes tragic, sometimes thrilling but always interesting; and the story carries on even today. Having lived abroad (or England as it is sometimes known!) for a few years and working in a Government office for most of my life, it is a privilege to do what I do now; meeting people from all over the world. Come with me to the Highlands in the Wee Red Bus!
I spent my childhood in the mountains and glens of Scotland with my father, a keen mountaineer, Scottish writer and historian. I was raised on heroic tales of Highland clans, the Jacobites , battles for freedom and Scotland's rich history. Winter finds me living in France where I pursue my passion for snowboarding and mountain life but I return to Scotland each summer, where I am now fortunate to have found my perfect job. As a guide with Heart of Scotland Tours, I try to paint the same picture of Scotland that my father has painted for me. As we travel together through Scotland's rich and varied landscape, my goal is to give you a truly memorable and enjoyable experience and hopefully make this the first of many tours on a “Wee Red Bus”.
Having spent most of my life travelling and working around the world, I now find myself back in my homeland of Scotland. Spending my days on the mountains and islands of Scotland is just about my dream job. I have always been a real adrenaline junkie and it’s not uncommon to find me skydiving, bungee jumping, snowboarding and doing other crazy things in my spare time. My motto is "we are not here for a long time, but we are here for a good time", my tours are informative and hopefully good fun.
I grew up in the central belt, did a degree at Glasgow University and now call Edinburgh home. I spent many years combining full time work as a civil servant with part time guiding. I finished at the civil service in 2016 and now devote all my energies to showing visitors from all around the world the very best Scotland has to offer. Having travelled extensively myself, I like to think I can make use of the positive experiences I encountered here and around the globe to enhance your tours. Scotland is a beautiful country, a magical place. I look forward to sharing my enthusiasm of its landscapes, history and tales with you when you jump aboard, 'The Wee Red Bus.'
Working as a ‘Heart of Scotland’ guide it is easy to inflate one’s lungs with the on rush of Scotland’s scenery. Warm the heart with fun daily memories shared, while feeding the soul knowing the day has been well and truly seized. I’m a creative outdoor junkie with a love for Scotland’s diverse culture, rich history, myths and legends. From camping, outback cooking, wild fishing and hiking, Scotland’s great outdoors is where I love to be. I hope to meet you aboard the Wee Red Bus. Your transport to your next holiday adventure.
Back Office Team
Working hard to make your tour run smoothly are the back office team.
Nick - Managing Director
The journey began in 2001 when I started Heart of Scotland Tours in the ‘Wee Red Bus’, offering value-for-money guided bus tours around Scotland. Although the business has successfully expanded over the years our ethos remains exactly the same – 5 star tours proudly delivered by a small friendly team. Our guides are wonderful ambassadors for their country. 15 years young, we are still enthusiastic and passionate about Scotland, her stunning landscape and fascinating history. We have remained a relatively small business allowing you, the customer, to enjoy a personal experience which is second to none. You’ll talk to ‘real people’ when you book and meet ‘real characters’ behind the wheel. Why not join our community of delighted customers on a Heart of Scotland Tour and experience the essential Scotland for yourself!
Matt - Operations Manager
I’m at my happiest exploring the nooks and crannies of Scotland. Happier still when I can share it with others, especially my wife Nicki and dog Molly (see below!). With a background in travel I’ve been lucky enough to visit lots of very different countries. None have captured my imagination quite like these shores though and I’d like to think my enthusiasm for Scotland rubs off on others. I’m a keen hiker, photographer and now ageing... hockey player, with a love of the outdoors. Go ahead and book a seat, we look forward to discovering Scotland with you.
Colin - Assistant Operations Manager
Although I grew up in the Caribbean, I come from Highland stock and am very proud of my Scottish heritage. I have been guiding visitors around this magical land for many years, and my passion for this special place still burns fiercely. It is a privilege to work in this environment and be able to show people around it.
Carolyn - Office Manager
A native of the north east of Scotland, I worked in the oil industry in Aberdeen for 25 years before moving to Edinburgh. I became part of the Heart of Scotland Tours admin team in 2004 and subsequently began my new career in tourism! I really enjoy chatting to our customers from all corners of the globe and in my spare time like to take long walks with my husband and our dog in Edinburgh’s wonderful parks or along the beautiful coastline to the east of the city.
Jenny - Senior Duty Manager
I live and work in Edinburgh and love it, it's a great city! I split my time between working for Heart of Scotland and designing / making my own jewellery. I also have a share in a horse so also spend a lot of time riding to the beach and exploring the countryside on horseback. I love to travel both in Scotland and abroad and have a long list of places I'd still like to visit!
Jen - Duty Manager
Edinburgh is my home and I am loving being back after living in Canada for a while. I am a full time midwifery student and work part time for Heart of Scotland. Travel, adventure and the outdoors are my main interests. I am most happy when I am up a mountain whether it be hiking up or snowboarding down. I have been lucky enough to have seen quite a lot of the world but plan to see a lot more as well as continuing to discover what bonnie Scotland has to offer.
Jackie - Duty Manager
I’m an Edinburgh girl born ’n’ bred and have lived in sunny Leith for the last 25 years. I love sport, especially hockey and my beloved Hibs (Hibernian Football Club) of which I am a season ticket holder. I’m also an active committee member of Hibs’ children's charity which supports orphaned kids in Ukraine.
After spending 20 years looking after my and most of my family’s children, I began working in an elderly care home – it turns out there are wiser people than me... Now that I am with Heart of Scotland Tours I’ve had the pleasure of taking several of our trips, including to the Isle of Skye which I absolutely loved! I’m delighted to be part of this wonderful ‘family’ and look forward to learning more about my beautiful homeland.
Jez - Technology
With a surname like "Webb" there was only one job Jez was going to end up doing. He avoided this destiny for 10 years working in the outdoors - running personal development programmes and youth expeditions to Malawi, Mongolia, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico and Brazil. Eventually the inevitable happened and Jez enjoys helping people discover Heart of Scotland Tours online and has excellent adventures in his spare time.