Hugh was born and brought up in the western Highlands, in the shadow of Ben Nevis, Scotland’s highest mountain.
His mother was a Gaelic speaker, with a broad expertise in Scottish history and Highland culture. She knew all of the tales and stories of the north, and the locations where these events unfolded.
Hugh’s spare time was spent hill-walking on the tracks, byways and drove roads, learning about the flora and fauna of the area from his father. In this way he built up knowledge of the prettiest glens, the best views, the most inspiring waterfalls, and the ruined castles and towers with the blackest of legends.
The degree Hugh studied for, at the historic Glasgow University, included Geography, Geology and Scottish History. He has worked for different Scottish Tourist Boards and later worked for the Highland Council developing and promoting heritage and tourism, gaining a string of prestigious awards. He also wrote several publications on car-tours, geology and the myths and legends of the Highlands.
At the turn of the millennium he took employment with “The National Trust for Scotland”, managing both Brodie Castle and Culloden Battlefield. It was during this period that he realised the long-held dream of becoming a fully-fledged author. He has now written four acclaimed books.
The first book, “Roots of Stone” is an easy-to-read journey through the last 2,000 years of Scottish history. The next work, “Rivers Running Far“ looks at the emigration of the Scots to America and Australia. His third book “Culloden Tales” outlines the role that each of the clans played at that tragic battle and also tells the other tales and stories relating to the Inverness area.
The fourth book “No Lying Quiet” is a modern-day thriller with revenge and retribution storylines colliding across the histories of Scotland and Nova Scotia.
In the last few years Hugh has delighted in showing visitors around his beloved Highlands, with tours showing the best of the magnificent scenery and tales of the people who came before. He joined the Highlands of Scotland Tour Guide Association (HOSTGA) to concentrate on guiding full-time. On 13th May 2013 he took over Inverness Tours on Tony Harmsworth's retirement.
He finds that another fun aspect of touring can be sharing book and film locations, like the Harry Potter movies. He also enjoys undertaking author-endorsed tours tailored to the Outlander books by Diana Gabaldon and Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher. Hugh has enjoyed guiding Diana personally.
His authentic Jacobite gear and weapons presentations bring any historical journey to life. Hugh’s background in history and landscape combines perfectly with his lively sense of humour, skill as a storyteller and his knowledge of the area. A true Highlander, he is waiting to share his culture with you.
Hugh's Ford Tourneo Custom easily accommodates up to seven passengers (see image left), in it's roomy and air-conditioned interior.
George was born in the beautiful Speyside town of Grantown, close to the home of his maternal grandparents. On his father’s side he has been able to trace his Highland ancestry back to the mid 1770’s when written records first appeared.
He spent all of his working life in and around Inverness - unofficially known as the capital city of the Highlands. A Chartered Accountant by profession he held a senior management post within the Highland Council, the local authority for the area, prior to his retirement. The duties of this post enabled him not only to travel extensively within the Highlands and Islands of the North of Scotland but around all parts of Scotland, while representing his employers in a national context.
George is heavily involved with many community and church activities at a local level, in addition to being the Treasurer of the Clan Munro Association, based at Foulis Castle in Easter Ross and he regularly contributes articles with a Scottish interest for publication in the Clan Munro Associations throughout the world. A local sportsman of note he was well known around the local highland games circuit in his younger days and was at one time a North of Scotland sprint champion and free try scoring wing three quarter player with the local rugby club.
Since retiring from his professional career George has built up valuable knowledge of tour guiding generally but with specific interests in Scottish history, low level walking and of course being a Speysider, the Whisky industry. He really enjoys sharing his knowledge, experience and love of his native Highlands with visitors to the area following his decision to concentrating on full time tour guiding.
George drives a comfortable air-conditioned car which carries six passengers. Larger vehicles can be hired by arrangement and subject to availability.
Ian Deveney is an asset to Inverness Tours, with a long track-record at Culloden Battlefield.
Ian was brought up just South of Glasgow, he has had a long standing love affair with Scotland. From a young age Ian has had a enthusiasm for the adventurous side of the Scottish landscape and his twenties found him skiing, white water kayaking and walking in the hills of this beautiful country. His passion for Scottish culture came to fruition when he became part of a group called The White Cockade, a living history, re-enactment group who would travel the country bringing history alive to its audiences. Being introduced to this way of communicating Scotland’s history was to be a turning point in his life.
In 1995 Ian moved to the shores of Loch Ness as a way of deepening his own knowledge. He was asked to work and help develop a small living history attraction which was recognised by the tourist board and achieved a 4 star rating.
Taking his experience to another level Ian then went on to form a living history business called Battlescar Entertainment. In the last 11 years he has found himself working and performing in many pertinent historical sites. Most notable are Stirling Castle, Edinburgh Castle and Culloden Battlefield where his work as a costumed interpreter has landed him several roles on television and the ‘big’ screen. Ian’s six years as a guide on Culloden Battlefield and his library of rare books from the 1700’s brought him to the attention of archaeologist Tony Pollard. Pollard’s work was to survey the site before construction of the new visitors centre. Ian proved to be an invaluable reference point to the archaeologist.
Ian’s love of the landscape has recently been reignited with his interest in photography. This new hobby is proving a great way of scouting out some truly sensational, less travelled spots, which he is only too happy to share with you.
His knowledge of Scottish history and culture from the Vikings, to the Scottish Wars of Independence, to the Jacobite Risings of 1745 is second to none. Couple this with a talent of making his love of Scotland feel fresh, fun and relevant makes him the ideal Personal Guide for your excursion.
Ian’s car is a Hyundai i800. It carries up to seven passengers, (see image right). It is a roomy car which is fully air conditioned.
Laura was born and raised in a town south of Glasgow called East Kilbride but realising she was spending too much time traveling to the Highlands for recreation, she decided to move here full time in 2003. “Inverness has given me a fantastic way of life. The thing I love about living here is the easy access to some stunning and historically interesting places. I don’t have to go far to find something that makes my heart glad. Having a personal relationship with the area means that I can show you these places & entertain you with historical background that gives you a genuine flavour for the area.”
Laura’s first love is the arts and she holds a BA (Hons) in Fine Art. She is involved in several community art projects as well as having her own practice, which is a mix of two-dimensional and three dimensional work. Inverness has a burgeoning contemporary art scene, which co-exists with a number of exciting traditional galleries; Laura has her finger on the pulse of this. Knowing a variety of makers she can take you to lesser-known places to find that unique keepsake. Indeed, if you feel inclined she can organise a personalised art themed day for you where, as well as visiting these makers you can get the opportunity to draw, paint or make something yourself.
She sees herself as an excellent communicator and storyteller; her easy and clear tone of voice will entertain you with tales and information throughout your journey.
Laura’s car (see photo on the left) is a Hyundai i800. It carries up to seven passengers, It is a roomy car which is fully air conditioned.
Tony now only guides coach groups, by hopping on board your coach. You will need to enquire by email to book him.
He is the author of Scotland's Bloody History and Loch Ness Nessie and Me. Designer of the Loch Ness Centre, Macbeth Experience and Story of Scotland.
He was also the founder of Inverness Tours in 2006.
Born in Hertfordshire, England his mother was from Preston Pans near Edinburgh and his father's family had connections in Caithness and Sutherland. He was educated in Welwyn Garden City then Bude in Cornwall. Recent research showed that he is actually descended from Scotland's most famous monarch, King Robert The Bruce. Here he is wearing an ancient, muted, reproduction, hunting Robertson kilt.
More recently he has guided large and small groups of visitors around the whole of the north of Scotland. He also founded Inverness Tours and has managed it until 13th May 2013. In 2008 he published his book "Scotland's Bloody History" which is available on the "Book Now" section of this website. He has guided heads of state, royalty, army groups and university groups.
Dave was raised in the Outer Hebrides until the age of 11. He then moved down to Wales and at the age of 16 joined the Royal Air Force to seek out adventure around the world. During his time in the RAFhe was lucky enough to learn how to Ski, Kayak, Sail, Paraglide as well as seeing some truly amazing places.
He left the RAF in 2000 and became a fully qualified Driving Standards Agency motorbike instructor. He also went to University for 3 years, at the end of which he received a Psychology degree.
Taking these new found skills, he joined a Medieval Battle and Living History Re-enactment group called The Historic Saltire Society, for which he is now the Performance Manager. He went back to basic and advanced motorbike training; which he does to this day. He also started a company offering historical education and performance across a huge breadth of disciplines. Various film & corporate contracts, self-run events & entertainments have seen Dave being a medieval knight, a viking, a redcoat soldier, a druid, King's executioner, jacobite soldier and a pirate to name but a few.
Dave has lived in the Highlands of Scotland since 2006 and despite travelling all over the world, is happiest when surrounded by the rich and varied history of this beautiful part of Scotland. From the rugged coasts to the wild mountain ranges, he loves showing his guests around his favourite part of the world.
Dave's car is the stylish Executive seven-passenger Mercedes Vito dualiner. With leather seats, privacy glass and air conditioning this is a luxurious way to see Scotland.
Scott was brought up and still lives in East Kilbride just south of Glasgow. As a child, his parents introduced him to the outdoors with camping and road trips all over Scotland. This continued into his adult life along with other activities such as hillwalking and skiing.
His love of Scotland and love of Scottish history grew when he joined a living history re-enactment society called the White Cockade over 26 years ago. The White Cockade is a society of skilled interpreters who educate and entertain in specific regard to the Jacobite era.
Since then Scott has worked all over Scotland promoting and teaching Scottish history to the public alongside the organisations of the National Trust for Scotland and Historic Scotland at sites such as Stirling and Edinburgh Castles, Bannockburn, Culloden Battlefield, Glenfinnan, Urquhart Castle, Glen Coe and Killiecrankie as well as others. This experience over the years has also led to working with some BBC documentaries and other film work and he has also worked with Ian Deveney's company, Battlescar.
As a keen camper and hillwalker he has travelled all over Scotland. His passion and love for its history and stories just keeps growing. That is why he made the transition into tour-guiding. Scott felt that it was time to give back, and to share what he has spent a lifetime enjoying.
John is a Highlander at heart, although not by birth. He was born in Glasgow and raised in the east end of that city until the age of ten, after which he moved to Invergordon in the Highlands. Since that time he has lived in Skye, Kingussie and Aviemore as well as the Highland capital, Inverness. His aim is to see as much of his beloved Highlands as he can, whilst working here.
John has a degree from the university of the Highlands and Islands in Scottish History and Politics, and has also studied the Crusades and Scots language as part of that course. He has been a member of the Historic Saltire society for 15 years bringing history to life by playing the parts of Robert the Bruce, William Wallace and the Wolf of Badenoch amongst others.
Initially attracted to the finer arts of swordsmanship, he joined the local fencing club and was one of only a few members to compete with the sabre; a weapon more like the Scottish Broadsword than other fencing blades like the foil or the epee.
John has helped administer the Historic Saltire Society as Secretary, and has also previously applied his historical expertise as the group's Living History Manager. He is currently the society's Heraldry Guildmaster and is also a keen calligrapher, skilled in reproducing two fonts as well as illuminating letters. He practises bookbinding when his heraldic and calligraphic work is finished and is beginning to explore working with stained glass.
Last but not least, he is also the father of two children and hones his story-telling skills on this captive audience with historic tales on long car journeys. We're not sure if they're his strongest critics or his biggest fans.