MEET OUR DRIVER-GUIDES: ERIC
What is your favourite Timberbush Tour?
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.
What is your favourite place in Scotland?
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.
What is your favourite Scottish dish?
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.
What is the best thing about being a Driver-Guide?
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.
What is your favourite Scottish band?
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.
What is the best thing to do in Edinburgh?
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.