Our Driver-Guides are the best in the business, with some of them being with us right from the very beginning of Timberbush over 25 years ago! Each one has their own unique personality which will shine through on your tour of Scotland. Find out more about their interests here!
1-day Isle of Skye & Eilean Donan Castle tour from Inverness as I grew up there and usually get my lunch at my sisters most days when up in Portree.
I started in May 2022!
Portree as I have lots of good memories growing up there.
Getting out and about in all weathers to all different places so every day is an adventure.
Scottish west coast shellfish as probably best in the world: clams, prawns, lobster (I used to catch them too).
The Cairngorm Mountains
Seeing the countryside change with the seasons and always meeting new people
Since March 2018
The covenanters of the 17th century. Many Scottish people stood up bravely for their faith, in defiance of the king.
Hard to name just one but I'll go for The Twilight Sad
The sculpture of The Last Supper in St Cuthbert's Church
Sir Sean Connery
A G Barr, inventor of Irn Bru. It's our other national drink!
My favourite tour is our 1-day Isle of Skye & Eilean Donan Castle tour from Inverness.
I’ve been a driver guide since June 2022!
My favourite place is Neist Point on the Isle of Skye.
The best thing is that it’s like being on holiday every day.
My favourite tour is our 3-day tour: Isle of Skye, the Highlands and Loch Ness!
I've been a driver-guide for over 6 years.
It's hard for me to choose a favourite place as I love the whole country but if I was to choose I'd say in the Highlands with all the mountains and lochs.
The best thing about being a driver-guide is meeting people from all over the world and showing them my beautiful country and blowing their minds with the beauty. I love showing them just how friendly we Scot's actually are and give them an insight into our history.
My favourite Scottish dish has to be haggis, neeps and tatties but with peppercorn sauce and wash it doon with some irrrnn brrooo!
Since February 2017
Isle of Gigha.
All of Scotland is essentially your office.
Mince and tatties.
Bloc on Bath Street.
Just over 5 years.
Apart from home, it would be the small town of Dornoch and and surrounding area.
Meeting people from all over the world, making many new friends, and doing everything possible to give them a happy and memorable day out.
Either Cullen Skink soup, or my own home made shortbread.
Probably the most difficult question but I settled for my camera, golf clubs & library ticket although my specs & bus pass nearly made it!
Of the 10 regular tours, Skye (easily my favourite, followed by the two 2-day tours). However I also greatly enjoy the variety of the private tours.
I am intensely proud of Scotland - its beautiful scenery, its history and its people - and I take great delight & pride in showing it off to our visitors from abroad.
Barra but the other Outer Hebridean islands and the North-west Highlands are all incredibly beautiful.
Another tricky one but possibly that we do get some great weather sometimes!
I love Cullen skink, haggis & venison - it's difficult to pick just one.
In Edinburgh, a walk down the Royal Mile then into Holyrood Park before going up Calton Hill for the fantastic views.
Capercaillie. As for songs I never tire of listening to Moira Kerr singing "Always Argyll" but of course there are many great Scottish songs & pieces of music.
All Timberbush Tours offer something different, but if I had to choose one I would opt for the Loch Lomond, The Trossachs and Stirling Castle tour. It incorporates a little bit of everything Scotland has to offer; the beautiful scenery of Loch Lomond, the majestic Trossachs with its forests, lochs and mountains, add on the rich history of the wonderful Stirling Castle and this for me encapsulates what Scotland is all about.
There are many places in Scotland I enjoy visiting.
In Edinburgh it is the village of Cramond, located just 5 miles North-West of the city centre. It has a lovely little harbour, riverside walk, waterfalls and some nice cafes if you fancy a bite to eat. A walk out to Cramond Island (when the tide is out!) offers lovely views across the River Forth to Fife and also of the Forth Rail and Road bridges. You can also appreciate the cityscape of Edinburgh.
I also enjoy spending time at the seaside town of North Berwick on the east coast from Edinburgh. It has lovely beaches and coffee shops. North Berwick is a great town to spend a sunny summer's afternoon just lazing around.
Haggis, neeps and tatties would be the obvious choice, but I do enjoy a nice plate of sausage stovies to warm me up on a cold winter evening.
Being a Driver-Guide gives me the opportunity to meet people from all over the world. Like my colleagues, I try to ensure that visitors have an enjoyable and informative time with Timberbush.
My personal favourite bands have changed over the years and I do enjoy a variety of Scottish music. From my teenage years there were the Bay City Rollers, then Deacon Blue, The Waterboys, Texas, Travis, Simple Minds, and the Proclaimers (despite them being supporters of the 2nd best football team in Edinburgh!). When I became a Guide, I started listening to Scottish Folk music again and I'm currently enjoying listening to Runrig.
It depends on the time of year, but during August with the various festivals running you are spoiled for choice on what to do. Despite this being a busy time to be a Driver-Guide, I do try to fit in a couple of days enjoying the music, comedy shows and people watching at the outdoor bars at the Fringe.
My favourite tour has to be the 1 day Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands tour. It's fantastic as you get to see the Highlands and the best Scotland has to offer all in one day.
Torridon. It's a small village on the North-West Highlands, situated north of Fort William and west of Inverness. It has such a fantastic landscape, beautiful mountains and a great atmosphere.
I really enjoy showing off Scotland to new visitors, just seeing their faces light up when they see the Highlands for the first time really makes my day!
I can't promise it's Scottish, but you can't beat fish and chips from the chippy! I hear we do a good deep-fried mars bar, but I'm yet to try one!
If you want to see as much of Scotland in one day, I recommend taking an open-top bus tour on a sunny day. You can hop on and hop off as much as you like for a reasonable price.
It has to be Runrig. It's a popular choice with the Driver-Guides, but they really are great.
My favourite Timberbush tour is the Skye tour. I've been on this tour many times now and it covers many beautiful areas of Scotland - Loch Lomond, Glencoe, The Great Glen and Skye. There's so much history on Skye from the last two thousand years and the scenery is beautiful.
The best thing about being a driver-guide is seeing so much of Scotland's scenery and meeting many interesting people.
My favourite place in Scotland is Glenfinnan. It has a great history with the Jacobite rising starting there and the world-famous Glenfinnan Viaduct crosses there - a bridge that my great great grandfather Alexander Simpson was consulting engineer for.
One piece of information about Scotland that I would like the world to know about is that Scotland was the first nation in the world to express it's sovereignty, independence and nationhood in a document - the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320, supposedly an inspiration for the American declaration of Independence.
My favourite Scottish music is Runrig. They are a folk/rock band who blend atmospheric Scottish sounds into their music. Many passengers like their music and ask about them.
My favourite Scottish delight has to be haggis which I often recommend passengers to try (to varying levels of success) although I have increasingly become partial to Cullen Skink soup - haddock, potatoes and onions.
The most iconic Scottish person has to be King Robert Bruce - Scotland's hero king who overcame great struggles and persecutions to lead the Scots army to their greatest victory, despite overwhelming odds, at Bannockburn in 1314.
Having recently bought a bike and taken up cycling, I think one of the greatest Scottish inventions is the pedal cycle, invented by Scotsman Kirkpatrick MacMillan. Don't think many car drivers would agree with that though!
Of the tours that I host at the moment, my favourite is Loch Lomond, The Kelpies and Stirling Castle. It is a tour that takes you through truly breath-taking scenery and a great opportunity to experience not only history, but folklore as well.. and I LOVE the magical world.
However, I can’t wait to be out to Skye or any of the islands!
I’ve decided to change career three months before the pandemic. Right after I did a few freelance work for Timberbush and last season of 2022 I’ve became officially part of the team and finally I’m following my vocation!!
Without a doubt Orkney. You literally step on ancient land and can feel its powerful energy from the past. Neolithic tribes, Viking sagas and the dreadful Second World War.. just to mention a few. Immense history in such a little place.
Then my heart will be always set in Lunga, in The Treshnish Isles, outside Mull. On a visit there, it was a wee puffin the one that help me decide what to do with my life and become a tour guide.
Precisely the reason that made me choose to be a tour guide. I now have the opportunity to share my love and passion for this country with people from all over the world. I enjoy meeting so different folks every day and that means each time is never the same as the previous ones. Also, it is very satisfying being part of a memory of my passengers trip to Scotland!… and yes, I’m going to join the cliché of saying that I work in the most gorgeous office in the planet!!!
Scotland has some of the best shellfish in the planet! I love the scallops and lobster from Mull, the oysters from Loch Fyne, the crab sandwiches from Oban and the monkfish fish supper from Anstruther in Fife. And to go all the way traditional, nothing beats a good haggis, neeps and tatties! I know it’s not an original answer, but that it that is actually really yummy!
I have been a driver-guide since March 2023!
My favourite place is the Old Man of Storr on the Isle of Skye.
Seeing the best parts of the Scottish Highlands in all weathers and meeting great people along the way.
A fish supper.
I would have to say the Isle of Skye, The Highlands and Loch Ness tour. The sunshine on Skye is hard to top. Amazing views out to the west and the best way to experience Scotland in full. A great journey up there through the rugged beauty of Glen Coe with the added drama of its history - it's possibly the best Scotland has to offer. Portree is a great wee place with more pubs than anywhere I know! The journey home offers up Eilean Donan castle which is a highlight of any tour - just perfect.
I do love good haggis but my favourite Scottish culinary dish would have to be Scotch broth. In particular, my mum's! (Aww...)
Hard to narrow it down but Kirkcudbrightshire in Dumfries & Galloway probably steals it. It's Scotland's hidden gem. Lovely countryside with good wildlife, lovely beaches where you can swim in the sea and brilliant castles to visit too. A great place to wind down and relax. Isle of Arran is also tremendous. It's Scotland in miniature!
Meeting and exchanging stories with folk from all over the world and always hoping to learn something new. Oh, and having the amazing scenery of Scotland as the view from my desk.
For the tours Capercaillie are just great - perfect for travelling through the glens. Other very worthy mentions are Scottish folk bands Battlefield Band and Old Blind Dogs. Their version of the Cruel Sister is one of the best songs ever. Go listen to it now!
The Wicker Man. A god-fearing policeman from mainland Scotland gets the run-around from pagan islanders. Can't tell any more than that otherwise I’ll give the story away but it's got a great soundtrack and is mostly filmed in Dumfries & Galloway. I regularly visit places where it was filmed and in some cases re-enact the movie!
A great place to saunter about. The Royal Mile, Calton Hill and then having a coffee on Leith Walk and watch the world go by. You get all walks of life walking up Leith Walk.
Go to the West End and wander around. Then jump in a car and twenty minutes later you feel like you're in the Highlands. Everything you need.
There's many to choose from but I think we've got a new one - Andy Murray! Wimbledon Champion 2013. I always have a toast to Andy. Andy Murray! Cheers!
In all honesty all of them are on par with each other but if I had to pick one I’d say 3 day Isle of Skye! Stunning all year round.
I’ve been a driver-guide for just over 1 year and it’s the best thing I’ve ever chose to do.
By far the Outer Hebrides. More specifically Luskentyre on the Isle of Harris
Getting so many invitations to visit my amazing passengers all over the world!
Spaghetti bolognese? Ha! You can’t beat a good square sausage and tattle scone role, with red sauce not brown!