Funny Stories from a Tour Guide

Wed 3rd January 2018 at 12.50 - 14.00

The first speaker of the new year was club member Bette Hunter who qualified as a Blue Badge tour guide at Glasgow University in 1988. She began by saying that she would read from her notes to avoid going off on a tangent and almost immediately went ‘off script’. She entertained us with numerous funny incidents which she had encountered during her 30 years of tour guiding. On one bus tour to London the bus driver was described as very obstinate and grumpy until she bought him a full breakfast which she said confirmed the belief that the way to keep a man happy was through his stomach. She was very quickly recognised for her talents and was recruited by the Head of Destination Scotland. This led to taking overseas visitors from Europe and America on tours of Scotland. These tours were many and varied and included Castle Visits meeting the various Lords or Clan Chiefs or visiting all the main Golf Courses. Other tours included helicopter trips, the luxurious train the Royal Scotsman renamed Queen of Scots in 1990 and the equally famous luxurious Hebridean Princess cruising around Scotland and whisky tastings. Iain McIver said in his vote of thanks that Bette had given a most amusing talk and that she had obviously enjoyed an interesting career with paid luxury holidays while seeing many places and meeting very interesting people.