About RuthTours

Guiding with a Smile

I have lived in Edinburgh over 25 years – I love my second home. Being able to show my guests this beautiful and diverse country with its wonderful people is a special privilege. My Blue Badge for Scotland accreditation means I am certified to guide tours all over Scotland. I accompany groups according to an existing agenda and organise tailor-made day tours from and in Edinburgh.

Guiding and bringing Scotland closer to my guests is my passion.
I look forward to showing you the beautiful countryside, castles & cities of Scotland.

St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall, Orkney . Red and blonde sandstone
St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall, Orkney Mainland

But it’s not all about the Scottish history, castles and landscape. Come with me and learn about the people in Scotland, their literature, where they get their electricity from and what sports make them tick – and a whole lot more. I cover a broad range of topics. And of course – I love the Scottish countryside and landscape.

Inside a tannery. Guide holding clean Sheepskin . More skins piled up and machine in background
John at Skyeskyns Waternish, Isle of Skye

Photo to the left shows John in full swing telling us all about tanning from the raw fleece to the finished product. Great tour, shop and café.

So, if you are looking for an all rounder, enthusiastic about all things Scottish with a friendly outgoing manner we will have a great time together.

Having a good time and fun in Scotland is top priority! I look forward to spending some time with you in my favourite country!

two life sized bronze figures. one sitting on a stone bench. Turned to the other standing next to the bench facing him. 19th century outfits, geologists
Peach and Horne – C19 geologists – at the Knockan Crag Visitor Centre above Ullapool
Vintage van carrying whisky casks at Glenfiddich Distillery,
Vintage van carrying whisky casks at Glenfiddich Distillery, Dufftown

PS I can work with a special interest you may have and tailor my comments / tour accordingly.

You told us so much – there was something of interest for everybody in the group.

Frequent comment at the end of a tour

Sprechen Sie deutsch?

Ich lebe seit über 25 Jahren in Schottland und würde mich freuen, Ihnen meine zweite Heimat zeigen zu dürfen. Guiding Scotland with a Smile ist mein Motto! Ich liebe das Land und die Leute und interessiere mich nicht nur für die Geschichte – sondern bringe Ihnen auch das hier und heute nahe. Was die Geschichte betrifft … keine Angst vor Zahlen ! ! – –

Geschichten und das was und warum sind viel spannender. Sie haben ein bestimmtes Thema, das Sie besonders interessiert? Lassen Sie es mich wissen und ich werde meine Kommentare und die Tour danach ausrichten.

What People Say

“Through you we got to know Scotland and to love the country”


“This has been the best city tour of Edinburgh I have been to so far”


“Because of you my husband bought a book about Scottish history – he was inspired by your stories”


Let’s travel and discover Scotland together.

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