Kirsty McAlister

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Phone Number(s):

07980 651007

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~ From castles and clans to ancestry, archaeology and the arts, Scotland's cultural heritage is rich and varied, and I'd love to help you experience it.

~ I have a PhD in Scottish history and a background in higher education, historical research and cultural heritage. So, whether you're interested in ancient archaeology, kings and queens, witch-hunting, Jacobites, or many of the other fascinating aspects of Scottish history, I'm in a pretty decent position to (at least try to!) answer your questions.

~ Along the way, we can uncover so much more that Scotland has to offer: we can explore quirky customs, ceremonies, folklore and superstitions; feast on superb Scottish produce; embark on a whisky or gin trail; spot spectacular wildlife; bask in breathtaking scenery; visit film and literary locations; photograph iconic landscapes and architecture; and connect with Scottish artisans and craftspeople. Of course, some of this can be done without a guide... but it's so much better with one.

~ I am an owner driver-guide with a Land Rover Discovery Sport HSE (Luxury). This is a high end vehicle with a panoramic sunroof, allowing you the best possible experience of a driving tour in Scotland. I am part of a team that has been awarded the prestigious Green Tourism Gold Award for our efforts to ensure tours with us are sustainable and responsible, including a guarantee that driver-guided tours with me are carbon neutral.

~ Scotland is incredible. Allow me to help you make the most of your trip :-)

Personal Interests:

I am a keen knitter and love using yarns produced or hand dyed in Scotland.

Special Interests:


I've been involved with a number of digs and regularly plan my own holidays around archaeological sites!

Castles & Palaces

From ruins to palatial homes, they all have great stories to tell.

Churches & Cathedrals

Keenly interested in both the architecture and religious history of Scotland.


A former Cultural Heritage Officer for the UK's largest conservation charity, environmental issues are very close to my heart. Holder of Green Tourism Gold Award as part of a team of Blue Badge guides in Scotland.

Folklore & Traditions

There's more to this than Nessie!


Scotland has some spectacular gardens, both private and public, and I'd love to help you discover them.

History & Prehistory

A specialist in medieval and early modern Scottish history, I'm genuinely fascinated by it all.


Historic and modern, I'm a huge fan of Scottish literature and very happy to share my recommendations.


I have a long list of favourite artefacts and genuinely love both the national collections and quirky local museums.


I have taught at a number of Scottish universities and often guide for educational groups.

Food & Drink

Whisky, gin, seafood, local produce... allow me to help you discover the very best fare that Scotland has to offer.


I'm very happy to share my inside info on the best spots for the best shots!

Driver Guide:



Type Make / Model Passengers Air Conditioning Disabled Access
Car Land Rover Discovery 5 Yes No