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    Barbara McLean

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    Literature, History, Architecture. Writers and their Landscapes; Folk Song, Ballads; City Walks
November 27, 2013

Barbara McLean

I was born in Canada of Scottish parents and have lived and worked in Scotland almost all my life.
My particular passion is literature, and I was very lucky in the past to know many of our major 20th century writers: from the island of Lewis, Iain Crichton Smith ; Orkney’s George MacKay Brown ; Sorley Maclean from Raasay ; and Edinburgh’s own Norman MacCaig.
I have always loved communicating and connecting with people of all ages and backgrounds : to that end I’ve worked in publishing, broadcasting, and teaching.  Now I love to ‘show and tell’ something of our many treasures, whether historic, cultural, or scenic.
I can guide any size or composition of group, and offer a range of tours either on foot or by car/coach : city tours or extended tours.  We have an incredibly diverse country and it’s my pleasure to show it!

 Client feedback

Our guide (Barbara) was exceptional…witty, personable and very supportive.  Worcester State University

We appreciated your professionalism, friendly manner, patience, and extra effort!  Gloria & Jack Wine, Chicago

You made Scotland really come alive!  Lauren, Chicago


Discard your umbrella – We often have a bit of rain, and with rain sometimes comes wind, which blows umbrellas inside out. Just make sure your jacket has a hood, or wear a hat, to keep cosy and dry!


Climb Calton Hill – It’s a gentle stroll to the top, but you will be rewarded with wonderful panoramic views of the city and over to Fife. If you feel energetic, walk up Arthur’s Seat to see even further. Guaranteed to delight.

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