Tour Dundee and Angus

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Experience Dundee named ‘worldwide hot destination’ by ‘The Wall Street Journal’ and previously described ‘coolest little city’ by GQ Magazine. Let your knowledgeable guide introduce you to splendid waterfront views as well as cutting edge design reflected in the newly opened V&A Museum. Be guided through Dundee’s transformation from centre of the jute industry to college town renowned for computer gaming development. From Jam, Jute and Journalism to ‘Minecraft’ and ‘Grand Theft Auto’.

On the doorstep of this ‘City of Discovery’ is the beautiful rolling Angus countryside dotted with quaint towns and ancient sites. Include a guided tour around a magical, haunted 14th century castle with connections to Royalty and William Shakespeare. Continue to the birthplace of the man who wrote ‘Peter Pan’ – Sir J. M. Barrie. On the return journey your guide will lead you to and interpret some examples of 700 year old sacred standing stones. These are examples of Pictish or Iron Age Tribal art. This tour is an unforgettable blend of culture and history set against a glorious backdrop.

This tour is an 8hour personalised driver guided experience and is available for 1 to 7 persons. Check out Guide Rates

Tourist Guiding 19th century

Sir Walter Scott, notable historical novelist of the 19th century describing what were the requirements of a local tourist guide :

‘You explained to your postilion the length of your tour and the objects you were desirous it should embrace and you found him perfectly competent to fix the places of rest or refreshment with due attention that those should be chosen with reference to your convenience and to any points of interest which you may desire to visit’   ‘Walter Scott, ‘Chronicles of the Canongate’.

St Fillan's Bridge, River Earn.
A vintage photograph of the Bridge at St Fillan’s, on the North shore of Loch Earn, Perthshire. This area would have been familiar to Sir Walter Scott, 19th century historical novelist through his travels in the Highlands of Scotland.

Carnyx (war trumpet of the Celts )

This early ‘trombone’ if you like dates back about 2000 years ago to the late bronze age/early iron age. This one was found in Deskford in Moray. The design is based on a British Wild Boar (symbol of the MacKinnon Clan) It was formed in Bronze and depicts the creature in a state of arousal with its hackle up and with a wooden tongue.

There are different schools of thought on its use : either ceremonial – ritualistic, sacred or used in battle to inspire warriors like the modern Scottish bagpipe. The name ‘carnyx’ comes from Graeco/Roman terminology which also came up with ‘Celtic’ – tribes who occupied Eastern Europe including what is now Scotland about 2000years ago. The Celts were a sophisticated culture reflected in linguistic, mythological and design areas.

These items are on display in the Early Peoples Gallery at the National Museum of Scotland.  Book a gallery or museum tour at  Walking Tours

 

 

Andrew Carnegie

Son of a Dunfermline Linen weaver, Andrew Carnegie became an industrialist and philanthropist who emigrated to the USA during the depression of the 1840s Carnegie amassed a huge fortune in railroads and steel-making. He used his wealth to advance many causes including the public library systems of Canada, the United States and Great Britain.  He retained strong links with Scotland and purchased Skibo Castle in Sutherland  as his Scottish residence

Carnegie was a pacifist who devoted much of his energy and fortune in later life to the quest for world peace. Between 1903 and 1914 he endowed four foundations – Peace Palaces – the largest of which was in the Hague.

Include a visit to Carnegie’s birthplace with Scotland Tour Guide Driver Guide

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Monarch of the Glen

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‘The Monarch of the Glen’ (1851) by Sir Edwin Landseer is one of the most famous Scottish pictures of the nineteenth century. It depicts the grandeur of Scotland’s Highlands and wildlife. The artist was inspired by Sir Walter Scott’s view on Scotland from poetry and novels. Here he portrays a ‘royal’ or twelve-point stag – a reference to the number of tines or points on its antlers.

The painting was planned as part of a series for The House of Lords in London but was sold to a private collector. Today it can be viewed in the National Gallery of Scotland Edinburgh.

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Hire a Personal Scottish Tourist Guide

A unique guiding experience from a Scot who is also a  bagpiper and artist.

Mike is also a Blue Badge guide

Recent Testimonial : We cannot adequately express our gratitude for you selecting Mike to be our tour guide/driver for our trip. He is absolutely wonderful. His knowledge of history, the sites we needed to see and the little things that make our trip special was amazing. When you add to that the fact that he dresses in Scottish kilt, etc and plays the bagpipes along the way it really took our trip over the top !!  What a special person to have taking us all over the Highlands !!!! It made our trip and we could not have been happier.  

Waldo Floyd

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Mike, combining his role as guide with his talent as a traditional Scottish Bagpiper.