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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:

Pay

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

Employed tour guides can earn from £13,000 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 £140 to £160 for a half day (£180 to £210 for foreign language) and £195 to £245 for a full day (£250 to £300 for foreign language). Driver guides can earn from £300 to £350 for a half day and £440 to £490 for a full day.

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2019
2906
1.3 %
FALL
2024
2869
  United Kingdom
2019
24252
1 %
RISE
2024
24486

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

Training

Getting On

More Information

There are around 450 qualified STGA guides.

The next Blue Badge course will take place from 2020 to 2022 and you can apply from summer 2019. The fee is £6,300, 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.

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Institute of Travel and Tourism (ITT)
Tel: 0844 4995 653
E-mail: admin@itt.co.uk
Website: http://www.itt.co.uk/
Twitter: @ittnews

People 1st - Hospitality Guild
Tel: 0203 074 1222
E-mail: eqa@people1st.co.uk
Website: http://www.hospitalityguild.co.uk
Website (2): http://www.people1st.co.uk/
Twitter: @p1stgroup

People 1st is the Sector Skills Council for the hospitality, passenger transport, travel and tourism industries. UKSP is now part of the Hospitality Guild, which provides information on careers in the hospitality and tourism industry. The website has an online 'personality' test designed to help you identify suitable careers within the above industries.

Scottish Tourist Guides Association (STGA)
Tel: 01786 447 784
E-mail: info@stga.co.uk
Website: http://www.stga.co.uk/
Twitter: @STGAGuides
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ScottishTouristGuides

Springboard
Tel: 020 7921 0420
E-mail: info@springboarduk.org.uk
Website: http://www.careerscope.uk.net
Website (2): http://springboard.uk.net/
Twitter: @Springboard_UK
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SpringboardUKCharity/

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

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