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    Lorna Colvin-MacLean

    Innovative | Discerning | Considerate

    Mini Bio

    After many years in commerce and education, I finally landed my dream job as a professionally trained and qualified tourist guide for Scotland.

    Born and raised in Glasgow, I have travelled far and wide around the globe and back again for work and leisure, but Scotland truly is my home and my heartland.

    My own family history is deeply rooted in the Highlands. This means I know from personal experience just how amazing it is to explore ancestral places and learn their history and secrets.
    I understand why Scotland is a dream destination and a homecoming journey. In deference to the motto of my Clan MacLean, I should say it would indeed be my “honour” to be your guide.

    Place to Play

    Scotland has a landscape steeped in history and tradition with dramatic scenery and seascapes but is also buzzing with vibrant urban spaces and cosmopolitan cities. I could make a very long list of fabulous locations and things to do – but what’s most important are your interests and priorities. I’d be delighted to discuss how to make your holiday a positively memorable experience wherever you’d like to visit.

    Not a lot of people know this

    During my university studies in Germany, I worked in a ball-bearing factory. Not once but twice, I have cycled from northwest France over the Pyrenees to Bilbao in Spain – on a 1960s tandem with a trailer! I am a fan of Robert Burns, Outlander, Folklore, Scottish Hip-Hop, ceilidh dancing, and aquafit, and I enjoy making chandeliers from bike parts and other random stuff.

    Qualifications Read More

    BA Honours in Marketing – University of Strathclyde.

    Financial Planning Certificate – The Chartered Insurance Institute.

    Certificate in Mortgage Advice and Practice – The Chartered Institute of Bankers.

    Certificate in English Language Teaching – University of Cambridge (ESOL).

    MA Honours in Arabic – University of Edinburgh.

    Blue Badge Tourist Guide – Scottish Tourist Guide Association.

    Experience Read More

    With extensive commercial experience in customer-facing roles, I understand the importance of delivering excellent communication and customer service. Before qualifying as a professional Tourist Guide, I designed and managed: a series of educational tours for an International School in Edinburgh, a once-in-a-lifetime holiday from Cairo to Jerusalem based on a family photograph album from 1944, and a bespoke tour of antique and flea markets in Belgium and France.

    Now as a Blue Badge Guide for all of Scotland, I thoroughly enjoy researching tour itineraries and clan histories and travelling to new and familiar places. It is a privilege to welcome and guide new and returning visitors to our shores.

    Biggest Adventure Read More

    Living in Cairo and visiting Persepolis and Isfahan. Trekking in Nepal.

    Specialist Subject Read More

    Scottish History, Heritage and Culture. I also have a keen interest in the Development of Renewable Energy.

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