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December 3, 2013

Hugh Salvesen

The Salvesen family comes originally from Norway, but my great-great-grandfather married a Scot, and the rest is history.

I was born in Scotland, and raised on my father’s farm in Perthshire.  From school I went to England, to Cambridge University, to study French and German literature.  After completing my doctoral thesis in German, I joined the British foreign service, and spent over 25 years travelling the world as a diplomat, ultimately with the rank of ambassador.  I was of course a British rather than a Scottish ambassador, but I was an ambassador in a kilt, proud of my Scottish roots wherever I went.  And now I am an ambassador for Scotland in a different sense, showing my country to visitors.
With me as your guide you will have a memorable Scottish experience where you will get beneath the surface of this fascinating country.

Als waschechter Schotte und britischer Botschafter a.D. mit ausgezeichneten Deutschkenntnissen und mehrjähriger Deutschlanderfahrung bin ich bestens qualifiziert, Ihnen die vielfältigen Reize dieses bezaubernden Landes zu vermitteln.

Como ex-embajador británico con una larga trayectoria diplomática en América Latina domino bien el español y tengo todos los requisitos para revelarles las tantas maravillas de mi país natal.

Client feedback

…. a wonderful way to start out on our weekend in Edinburgh – a tour de force – you left a very happy group of people. King’s Regiment Dining Club, England

Excellent ….made our time in Scotland. Lopez family, Mexico City

Extremely professional, with a personal touch. Mr & Mrs Schütz, Vienna

“Hugh was such a nice guide we invited him to lunch!” (Chieffi-Leith family, Connecticut)


Don’t confuse Scotland with England – The Scots don’t appreciate it (maybe the English don’t either)


If it’s a fine day, climb Traprain Law, the volcanic laccolith that rises like a whale out of the plain in East Lothian east of Edinburgh.  If it’s raining, go and see the wooden figure from Ballachulish, the earliest human figure found in Scotland, in the Early People section of the National Museum of Scotland – Traprain Law: the view from the top.  The Ballachulish figure because she (is it a she?) will stay with you for ever.