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Article published 14/12/2022

Travel throughout Scotland, develop your professional and personal skills, and make new friends

The Scottish Tourist Guides Association (STGA) is the leading body for qualified professional tourist guides in Scotland and has over 60 years’ experience in this field.

The STGA has announced that the next Blue Badge Guide Training Course will take place from the autumn of 2023 to spring 2025. 

The Blue Badge Training Programme is accredited by the World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations (WFTGA) and is acknowledged internationally as being of the highest standard.

The 2023 - 2025 Course Prospectus and key dates and fees sheet are available to download on the STGA website. 

What are Blue Badge Tourist Guides?

Blue Badge Tourist Guides are a unique community of experts who are internationally considered the gold standard in tourist guiding in Scotland.

Would you like to travel throughout Scotland, develop your professional and personal skills, and make new friends? 

Upon successfully achieving your Blue Badge, you will be qualified and accredited to guide throughout Scotland, running your own business as a Scottish tourist guide. This is a rewarding, varied and flexible career that sees you meeting people from all over the world and from many different walks of life.

Find out what life is like from an STGA Guide by following #stgaguides on social media.

Tour guides play an essential role in the visitor experience in Scotland and in bringing to life the rich history and culture of our country.

The Blue Badge Tourist Guide training programme offers people a fantastic opportunity to develop their professional and personal skills, to join a community of world class tourism ambassadors providing visitors to Scotland an unforgettable experience.

Rob Dickson, Director of Industry & Destination Development, VisitScotland

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