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Meet our Driver-Guides

Our Driver-Guides are the best in the business, with some of them being with us right from the very beginning of Timberbush over 20 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!

Andrew
- Outlander Enthusiast
What is your favourite Timberbush Tour?

The Outlander, Palaces & Jacobites Experience

 

What is your favourite place in Scotland?

The Cairngorm Mountains

 

What is the best thing about being a Driver-Guide?

Seeing the countryside change with the seasons and always meeting new people

 

How long have you been a Driver-Guide?

Since March 2018

 

What do you find to be the most interesting period in Scottish history?

The covenanters of the 17th century. Many Scottish people stood up bravely for their faith, in defiance of the king.

 

What is your favourite Scottish band?

Hard to name just one but I'll go for The Twilight Sad

 

Any hidden gems in Edinburgh you would like to share?

The sculpture of The Last Supper in St Cuthbert's Church

 

Who in your opinion is the most iconic Scottish person?

Sir Sean Connery

 

Who is your favourite Scottish inventor?

A G Barr, inventor of Irn Bru. It's our other national drink!

Callum
- Photography Enthusiast
What is your favourite Timberbush Tour?

Oban, Glencoe and West Highland Castles

 

How long have you been a Driver-Guide?

Since February this year (2017)

 

What is your favourite place in Scotland?

Isle of Gigha.

 

What is the best thing about being a Driver-Guide?

All of Scotland is essentially your office.

 

What is your favourite Scottish dish?

Mince and tatties.

 

What is your favourite Scottish band?

Biffy Clyro.

 

Any hidden gems in Glasgow you would like to share?

Bloc on Bath Street.

Davy
- Scottish Musician
3 Things you couldn't live without?

My wife, my daughter and my guitar

 

What is your favourite tour?

Definitely has to be the Rosslyn Chapel, Scottish Borders and Glenkinchie Distillery tour. The history behind Rosslyn Chapel is really interesting, you learn about the Knights Templar and the Holy Grail. And at the end of the tour, there's a tour and a tasting at Glenkinchie Distillery, a fantastic wee distillery in the middle of no-where. 

 

What's the best thing about being a Driver-Guide?

I get to meet a lot of people and learn about different cultures, which is fantastic! I also get to be out and about in Scotland, and get to see my country, which I love.

 

Is there something about Scotland you wish everyone knew?

Ohh, nothing they shouldn't know already! (laughs)

 

What is your favourite Scottish dish?

It has to be Scottish Venison.

 

What's the best thing to do in Edinburgh?

I would say go to Arthur's Seat for the views around Edinburgh!

 

Do you have a favourite Scottish band?

I encourage everyone to listen to Admiral Fallow, a great wee Scottish band. Alternatively, if you fancy a classic, I recommend The Proclaimers with the song, "Sunshine on Leith".

Donald
- History Buff
What are 3 things you couldn't live without?

Probably the most difficult question but I settled for my camera, golf clubs & library ticket although my specs & bus pass nearly made it!

 

What is your Favourite Timberbush Tour?

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.

 

What is the best thing about being a Driver-Guide?

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.

 

Your favourite Scottish destination?

Barra but the other Outer Hebridean islands and the North-west Highlands are all incredibly beautiful.

 

Is there something about Scotland, or the Scots, you wish everyone knew?

Another tricky one but possibly that we do get some great weather sometimes!

 

What is your favourite Scottish dish?

I love Cullen skink, haggis & venison - it's difficult to pick just one.

 

The best thing to do in Edinburgh?

In Edinburgh, a walk down the Royal Mile then into Holyrood Park before going up Calton Hill for the fantastic views. 

 

What is your favourite Scottish band or song?

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.

Eric
- Avid Golfer
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.

Gary
- Storyteller
What is your favourite Timberbush Tour?

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.

 

What is your favourite place in Scotland?

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.

 

What is the best thing about being a Driver-Guide?

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!

 
What is your favourite Scottish dish?

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!

 
What is the best thing to do in Edinburgh?

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. 

 
What is your favourite Scottish band?

It has to be Runrig. It's a popular choice with the Driver-Guides, but they really are great.

Jamie
- Travelling Scot
What are 3 things you couldn’t live without?

I can't live without my phone, my car and my ipod

 

What is your favourite Timberbush Tour?

Loch Ness, I like working. It’s a long tour, but I really enjoy the day. I like to work hard, spend more time in the outdoors and make the most of my day. The countryside is beautiful, I love to see as much of Scotland as I possibly can.

 

What is your favourite place in Scotland?

I would say Fort William, it’s a nice wee town, Loch Lochy is nearby, as is Ben Nevis, it’s beautiful and very picturesque.

 

What is the best thing about being a Driver-Guide?

I enjoy the fact I’m meeting new people and learning. You’re constantly learning new things as a Driver-Guide, even about Scotland, my own country! It’s fantastic, I love to learn new things every day!

 

Is there something about Scotland you wish everyone knew?

We don’t all wear kilts!!

 

What is your favourite Scottish dish?

Well there’s only one; haggis! It’s only Scottish dish I eat!

 

What is the best thing to do in Edinburgh?

The Castle. People may say it’s touristy, but it really is essential to see in Edinburgh.

 

What is your favourite Scottish band & song?

Runrig – Hearthammer & Loch Lomond. Great band and great songs!

Martin
- Skye Adventurer
Hi Martin! What is your favourite Timberbush Tour?

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.

What is the best thing about being a driver-guide?

The best thing about being a driver-guide is seeing so much of Scotland's scenery and meeting many interesting people.

What is your favourite place in Scotland?

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.

Is there something about the Scots or Scotland you wish everyone knew?

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.

What is your favourite Scottish music?

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.

What is your favourite Scottish culinary delight?

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.

Who is the most iconic Scottish person in your opinion?

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.

Who is your favourite Scottish inventor?

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!

Marty
- Storyteller
What are three things you can't live without?

Cappuccino, my Kilt and the belief I still look thirty!!

 

What is your favourite Timberbush Tour?

The two day Inverness tour. It's fantastic. Loch Lomond, Glencoe, Loch Ness, Inverness, Culloden Battlefield, Tomatin Distillery, Ruthven Barracks and the 18th century Hermitage forest. So much packed into two days. My ancestors fought and died at Culloden. It's an honour to stand where they fell and tell their story.

 

What is the best thing about being a Driver-Guide?

Being paid to showcase Scotland.

 

What is your favourite Scottish destination?

Oban. It was whilst camping in the ruins of the 13th Century Dunollie Castle, toasting marshmallows and watching the sun set over Oban bay, that I was inspired to become a tour guide.

 

Is there something about the Scotland or the Scots that you wish everyone knew?

Jimmy Paige and Robert Plant wrote Stairway to Heaven on the banks of Loch Ness. Oh yeah Monster!!!

 

What is your favourite Scottish dish?

Traditional Scottish Breakfast. Bacon, link sausage, square sausage, black pudding, white pudding, fried eggs, potato scones, hash browns, fried tomatoes, onions, mushrooms and toast. It's almost a meal on it's own!

 

What is the best thing to do in Edinburgh?

Explore the Royal Mile. SLOWLY!! Top tip: Don't walk down The Royal Mile, walk through The Royal Mile. Go into every nook and cranny. Traverse from side to side. Mind look left and right for traffic when crossing! Every close - short for enclosure (alley way) - has something to offer. Medieval architecture, ornate stone carvings, hidden buildings (even a church) and incredible views of the city.

Think about it, how many streets do you know have a Castle at one end and a Palace at the other?

 

What is your favourite Scottish band?

The Corries. Traditional Scottish Folk music never ages, it was already old! The Corries are history for the ears.

Patrick
- Guiding Expert
What is your favourite tour?

I love the Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands tour. It's a long day, but you get to see the best of the Highlands. It’s certainly worth it if you only have a short time in Scotland!

 

What is the best thing about being a Driver-Guide?

What can I say, I love driving and I love guiding! (laughs) Seeing some beautiful scenery and meeting some great people along the way is a bonus!

 

What is your favourite Scottish destination?

The Sma’ Glen is breathtaking; such a beautiful place with lovely surroundings. It’s featured on our Ultimate Whisky Experience too!

 

What is the best Scottish dish?

I love the classic Haggis Neeps and Tatties, make sure you give it a try when you’re here!

 

What is the best thing to do in Edinburgh?

Edinburgh Castle is fantastic. It’s so full of history, and the staff are really informative and helpful. Definitely worth a visit!

Stuart
- The Whistling Tour Guide
What is your favourite Timberbush Tour?

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.

 

What is your favourite Scottish culinary delight?

I do love good haggis but my favourite Scottish culinary dish would have to be Scotch broth. In particular, my mum's! (Aww...)

 

Where is your favourite place in Scotland?

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!

 

What is the best thing about being a Driver-Guide?

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.

 

What is your favourite Scottish band?

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!

 

What is your favourite film?

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!

 

Any hidden gems in Edinburgh you would like to share?

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.

 

Any hidden gems in Glasgow you would like to share?

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.

 

Who is the most iconic Scottish person?

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!