The Scottish Tourist Guides Association (STGA) was formed in 1959. In 1996 the Association was registered as a Limited Company in Scotland, with its headquarters in Stirling.
The primary objectives of the STGA are:
An individual can become a qualified tourist guide in Scotland by successfully completing the STGA tourist guide course and accreditation exam. STGA tourist guides are trained to EN/BS 15565, the European and British Standard for the Training and Qualification of Tourist guides. The Association offers three types of qualification:
STGA members are free to pursue their own development after qualification. However, the STGA does administer an optional Continuing Professional Development (CPD) scheme to encourage members to continuously develop and enhance their knowledge and skills. STGA guides who meet the requirements of the CPD scheme are identified by the following CPD accreditation flag on their web page:
Qualified tourist guides in Scotland wear an official STGA badge according to their area of qualification. Images of the Blue, Green, and Yellow badges worn by members are shown below:
There are over 500 qualified tourist guides in Scotland who are members of the STGA:
Guides work to client specific requirements, but some also specialise in certain subjects such as whisky, food & drink, music, art, architecture, literature, film, business, medicine etc.
The web page for each STGA guide provides details of their background, interests, guiding languages and expertise.
Employing an STGA guide ensures that your guide is qualified, professional, knowledgeable, factually accurate, insured, trained in group management and safety, and skilled in the art of guiding. STGA tourist guides are therefore able to provide visitors with a unique insight into Scotland.
Scotland is a top tourism destination. It is known worldwide for its historic castles, dramatic scenery, beautiful gardens, excellent museums, fabulous art galleries, magnificent golf courses and iconic whisky distilleries. The list below suggests only a few examples of the unique experiences offered in Scotland’s cities and regions.
The STGA website provides several examples of day tours https://www.stga.co.uk/scotland-day-tour-ideas any multi-day tours https://www.stga.co.uk/scotland-itineraries which our guides can conduct for you. Tours often have themes such as golf, whisky, genealogy, textiles, film set locations for series such as Outlander and Game of Thrones. Depending on visitor’s interests bespoke tours can also be developed.
STGA website: www.stga.co.uk
Visitors can search the website for a specific named guide or by language, tour starting point, subject of interest and type of tour.
Visitors can book a guide directly using the contact details provided on each guide’s profile page or by contacting the STGA guide booking service on firstname.lastname@example.org. STGA office staff, who operate the booking service, will then assist in the selection and booking of the appropriate guide for you.