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Looking for guide for Inverness July 14th

Hello, my elderly parents are going with a large family group to see an ancestral home near Tongue. They are making a stop in Inverness for a couple of days but my parents want to bow out of a group Loch Ness boat tour and instead are interested in hiring a private guide for the day (or half day if that's more appropriate). I received a great recommendation on this site for a guide that we hired in Normandy last year and I was hoping that I could get some ideas here. They are both active for their ages but are interested in being able to work with someone who's knowledgeable about the area and enjoys being a guide.


Thanks for your help!


Posted by
940 posts

Hi, Kelly,

Just had a quick look. There is a website for Inverness guides, but only two appear to be based in Inverness.

I don't normally trust websites like that, although there are photos with the guides' bumf. You may want to give the tourist information office in Inverness a ring, to see what they recommend. Their number is 011 44 1463 252401.

The other option, as your parents seem independent minded, would be to set them loose with a good map and a list of places to see. It's hard to get lost in Inverness. You're always within striking distance of the river.


Mike (auchterless)

Posted by
38 posts

Hi Kelly,

If he's available, the best guide out of the Inverness area is John MacDonald, The Hebridean Explorer. We did a trip with him to Skye out of Inverness a couple of years ago and it was absolutely the best experience of an incredible trip. He is an historian with a great sense of humor and a wonderful flair for the history of Scotland and the highlands. He's flexible in his journeys and he will customize the day to meet their needs.

He has a web site, and can be found on Trip Advisor for more information.


Posted by
29 posts

Thanks a lot for the tips Mike and Steve. I'll look into the information that you provided. I did send an inquiry to one of the guides listed on Tours by Locals but I've not heard from him yet. A friend of mine told me that he used that site while in Paris and found a great guide. These tips give me a couple more avenues to check.

Thanks again!