David Spooner

Regional Qualification(s):

Scotland

Language(s):

English

Phone Number(s):

+44 07842 889109, +44 0131 618 1164, +1 206 359 0518

Contact guide

Introduction:

I love Scotland – it’s people, landscapes, history and wildlife. So much so that I upped sticks and moved here 30 years ago to seek work.

Now I share what I love with people who choose to have memorable, special experiences in this small but beautifully formed country. I have a passion for travel, history and interpreting events. Every day I learn from the questions offered by visitors, and see familiar sights through new eyes - no two days are the same.

Being based in Stirling I can meet you at any point to begin your Scottish tour as your driver guide or guide onboard a coach, train, or boat. I also really enjoy itinerary planning and understanding your requirements through phone or video conversations and correspondence beforehand.

Before training as a guide I was an exploration geologist, expedition leader to West African volcanoes and project manager implementing systems and business change for central and local government highways, utilities, social care, national apprenticeships and the Highland Cattle Society.

Personal Interests:

Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling
Castles & Palaces
Film Locations
Geography and Geology
History and Prehistory
Whisky
Archaeology, Birds & Animals, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Churches & Cathedrals, Clan History, Education-Parent/Student Fam Trip, Folklore & Traditions, Genealogy & Ancestral Tourism, Hill Walking, Industrial Heritage, Inventions, Literature, Museums & Galleries, Naval History, Outdoor Pursuits, Outlander, Science, Rugby, Study Tours, Vikings, William Wallace, Lighthouses, Oil & Gas, Place Names, Renewable Energy, Jacobites, Highland Games, Country Houses & Stately Homes, Art

Special Interests:

Geography & Geology

Interpreting the landscapes of three continents in one country, how geology influenced Scottish history and commerce.

History & Prehistory

How new discoveries and connections constantly rework our understanding of life in Scotland from the Stone Age to now.

Walking Tours

Edinburgh [UNESCO]:
1) Royal Mile from Holyrood Palace to the Castle.
2) Literature - Scottish Enlightenment and Sherlock Holmes to Tartan Noir and Harry Potter
3) Architecture of the Old and New Towns
Glasgow:
1) Underbelly to Second City of Empire
2) Street art - Pioneers, Athletes, a homeless Saint and Billy Connolly
Stirling:
Best preserved C16th town and walls in Scotland

Endorsements:

Virtual Tours

Driver Guide:

No