Puffin Express
Based in
INVERNESS, Highlands of Scotland

I am an experienced, knowledgeable, entertaining tour guide with particular expertise in the north of Scotland and Orkney; Iceland; and north-east Poland.

Scotland: I am currently not offering any tours in my own vehicle out of Inverness but am available as a step-on guide.

I have also run a very special wildlife tour to Poland most winters since 1985. Watch here for news of future trips.

I cover most aspects of Scotland. I have particular interest and expertise in:
  • wildlife - birds, mammals, wild flowers;
  • archeology/prehistory;
  • land use.
    I also cover (i.a.) political and social history; basic geology; and daily life in contemporary Scotland.
    I am happy to lead moderate walks (up to 10 miles/1,000' of ascent; 16km/330 metres).
    Fees - step-on guide: for guidance on level of fees I charge as a step-on guide, see this page on the Highlands of Scotland Tour Guides Association website. (NB - I am no longer a member of HOSTGA.) Fluent English, workmanlike French. Some Dutch, Latin (!), Kiswahili, Polish.
    When speaking English to those who are not native speakers of the language, I speak slowly, separating my words.
    I carry comprehensive liability insurance.
    For more information on my background see this page, and my FaceBook page - click on icon to right.
    Sinclair Dunnett
    July 2019

  • Sinclair Dunnett in a WW2 lookout on north
    Moray Firth Coast, during path work for
    John o'Groats Coastal Trail

    Photo courtesy Lynn Anderson

    Last update: 13 July 2019

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    Scheduled Tours in the Highlands & Islands of Scotland

    Puffin Express/GO-Orkney no longer offer any scheduled trips but we are pleased to advise you Highland Experience now operate day tours from Inverness (see map on right) to John o'Groats and Applecross similar to those which Puffin Express operated for a dozen years.
    I drive some tours for Highland Experience.

    The map to the right* shows the routes followed by Highland Experience's Applecross and John o'Groats tours.
    The map also shows the islands of Lewis and Orkney, to which HE offer multi-day tours, starting from Inverness or Edinburgh. Do not confuse HE's multi-day trips to Orkney with our private 1-day tours there, ex-Inverness.

    *The map is from Puffin Express's programme in 2010; the MONARCH and MEY routes shown are not operated by HE.






    You can also join the above trips from Edinburgh or Glasgow on a multi-day trip through Scottish Tours:
    From Edinburgh:
  • Skye/Loch Ness & Black Isle (3-day);
  • John o'Groats/Loch Ness & Black Isle (3-day);
  • Skye/John o'Groats/Loch Ness & Black Isle (4-day).

    From Glasgow:

  • Skye/Loch Ness & Black Isle (3-day);
  • John o'Groats/Loch Ness & Black Isle (3-day);
  • Skye/John o'Groats/Loch Ness & Black Isle (4-day).

    Other combinations are also possible if you take time to explore the Scottish Tours website.