Tour Guide

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A tour guide shows visitors around tourist attractions and other sites of interest, either on foot or by coach.

The Work

As a walking tour guide working at a specific site such as a castle, art gallery, museum or outdoor attraction, you could be:

As a coach tour guide you could be:


The figures below are only a guide. Income for tour guides varies considerably, depending on:

Employed tour guides can earn from £17,000 up to around £24,000 a year, depending on where they are based, areas they cover and whether they are a driver guide.

Self-employed guides can expect to earn around £130 to £170 a day, or more if they are guiding in a foreign language. The Scottish Tourist Guides Association (STGA) recommend fee guidelines for guides for full day and half day excursions, which range from £170 to £215 for a half day (£200 to £245 for foreign language) and £275 to £325 for a full day (£315 to £365 for foreign language). Driver guides can earn from £375 for a half day and £540 to £650 for a full day.


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Getting In

What Does it Take?

You need to have:


Getting On

More Information

There are around 500 qualified STGA guides.

The next Blue Badge course will take place from 2022 to 2024 and you can apply from summer 2020. The fee is in the region of £7,200 - £7,500, plus STGA membership fees.

According to the STGA website there are a number of companies who provide Yellow Badge Guide training for their employees, including The National Trust for Scotland, City Sightseeing Glasgow, Stromness Town Walk and Ness Battery and Mercat Tours, Edinburgh.


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The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Scottish Tourist Guides Association (STGA)
Tel: 01786 447 784
Twitter: @STGAGuides

Tel: 020 7921 0420
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Twitter: @Springboard_UK

Springboard UK promotes career opportunities in the hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism industries.

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