Alasdair Northrop – Tour guide and writer

Alasdair with his car

I am a qualified professional Blue Badge Tourist guide, based in Scotland, with extensive knowledge of this wonderful country and its history and a particular interest in ancestry.

There are dozens of reasons for visiting Scotland. You might be wanting to walk in your ancestor’s footsteps. Perhaps you just want to view the beautiful and stunning scenery – its dramatic mountains, gorgeous lochs and breath-taking coastline. Maybe you are interested in art, archaeology, architecture, festivals, gardens, geology, golf, history, literature, music, politics, railways, science, whisky or wildlife….. the list goes on. Whatever your interests a tourist guide can help you make the most of your time here and, indeed, enhance your experience.

Drumlanrig CastleI have my own luxury Ford Galaxy vehicle which can comfortably seat four people on an extended tour or up to six on a day tour. It has twin sun roofs which enhance your views and all my customers love them. If you have bigger party I can hire a vehicle with up to seven passenger seats. In addition I am also available as a guide to accompany chauffeur driven tours, coach tours or walking tours.

I would be delighted to take you on the journey of a lifetime in a country which I love and where I have deep roots.


Alasdair Alasdair writes his first book

Alasdair has just written his first book which tells the story of the Scottish Tourist Guides Association from 1959 to 2019.

Alasdair prepares for guiding after the Lockdown

Scotland is set to open for tourists again on July 15 and I am looking at how to reassure guests that I will be taking every step to keep them safe.

Puffins on the island of Staffa A look back on my guiding highlights

Since I started out as full time tourist guide in 2016 I have had many extraordinary experiences ranging from flying in a helicopter over Mull and Skye to getting up close and personal with puffins on the island of Staffin.