Jill McKean

Regional Qualification(s):



English, French

Phone Number(s):

07928 654292, 01721 545009

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I am a fully accredited Blue Badge Guide for Scotland, based Edinburgh/Borders. I guide in English & French.

Born and brought up in the Scottish Borders in the south east of Scotland, I studied French Language & Literature at the University of Glasgow gaining a First Class MA (Hons) degree with Distinction in spoken French, followed by a post-graduate diploma in Tourism. I have worked in the tourism industry ever since, and for the past ten years I have been working as a guide. I love my job! I spend most of my time travelling the length and breadth of Scotland sharing my passion for my native country with visitors from all over the world.

Scotland is an incredible place to visit. Here you can find breathtaking scenery, a rich and varied history, fascinating folklore and traditions, not forgetting the whisky of course... Whatever your interests, a guided tour is the best way to experience this beautiful country and I would be delighted to show you around.

I am particularly interested in Scottish history, especially the women! From Mary, Queen of Scots to more modern heroines such as Elsie Inglis, there are so many great stories to tell! I also love guiding tours with a focus on art and literature, and Scotland has some amazing museums and galleries to explore. In my spare time I love to work with textiles, so please enquire if you or your group is interested in stitching.

"The day long walking tour of Edinburgh with Blue Badge guide Jill was outstanding. Obviously quite experienced, her depth and breadth of knowledge were impressive and we used much of what we learned from her throughout the remainder of the trip"

Je serais ravie de vous guider en Ecosse! Châteaux, musées, villes, distilleries, lacs, montagnes... des lieux naturels et historiques font parties des richesses à découvrir. Je m'intéresse particulièrement à l'histoire d'Ecosse (surtout l'histoire des femmes comme Marie Stuart), l'art et la littérature écossaise.

"Merci encore pour tout Jill, tu as été une merveilleuse guide"

Personal Interests:

Castles and clans, Scottish history particularly early Scotland, the Reformation, Mary Queen of Scots, the Jacobites. Folklore, art & literature, whisky

Special Interests:

Birds & Animals
Britain Today
Art/Paintings & Sculpture
Castles & Palaces
Conferences & Incentives
Churches & Cathedrals
Decorative Arts/Arts & Crafts
Folklore & Traditions
Food & Drink
History & Prehistory
Interpreting & Translating
Industrial Heritage
Politics & Government
Regional Tours
Stately Homes & Country Houses
Walking Tours

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