Your Driver Guide Won't Disappoint

Tom, your driver guide, has considerable knowledge and experience of Scotland and its landscape. His life long passion for our country has only continued to grow through many years of learning about and sharing Scotland's intriguing history and beautiful scenery with friends, locals and visitors alike.


As a member of the Scottish Tourist Guides Association, Tom specialises in the Highlands of Scotland. However, he knows Scotland like the back of his hand and will point out lochs, mountains and places of interest all over the country, as well as sharing his expertise of wildlife and fauna. Prior to Thistle Tour Guides, Tom worked for 30 years as a Community Worker in his native Fife. Tom is a qualified Mountain Leader and experienced landscape photographer who loves nature and he is an avid reader of Scottish history. 

We Care About Our Environment

At Thistle Tour Guides we are aware of the impact on the environment that gas guzzling cars have. Although it is possible to tour in central Scotland using an electric vehicle, in the rural areas of the country such as the Highlands, the infrastructure is not in place to allow this.


In an attempt to offset our carbon footprint, for every 1000 miles travelled whilst taking clients on tour, Thistle Tour Guides will donate to Trees for Life, which will  help in their efforts to restore the Caledonian Forest.







The idea of Thistle Tour Guides was born in 2014 in a small hotel just outside Pitlochry in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. Always keen to chat and exchange stories, Tom and his wife Rae fell into conversation with an American couple and their Driver Guide. After listening to how enchanted this couple were with the personal service they received and how impressed they were with their guide's knowledge and passion for his country, the seed was sown...


Several years later, Thistle Tour Guides is a husband and wife business where the expertise of both partners combine perfectly for the customer's benefit. Rae's role is behind the scenes, allowing Tom to give clients his undivided attention whilst on tour. Following a long and successful career in teaching, Rae adds attention to detail, a love of looking after others, exemplary planning and organisational skills and, of course, she shares a great passion for our beautiful country.


We Make a Promise to You

Our ambition is to be the Driver Guide agency of choice for small groups in Scotland. We will provide our clients with a professional, personalised and friendly service as we show you our beautiful country. We will operate to high standards to ensure that we are well reviewed by clients in order to help us build and maintain a positive reputation. 

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