Jolene is originally from the west side of Shetland and now lives in the Tingwall valley. She did a degree in International Management in Edinburgh and Sweden. She loves to travel and has spent a lot of time in other countries. It was during her travels that she truly came to appreciate all the wonderful aspects of Shetland life.
Robin is originally from Unst but brought up in Bressay from age four. When he left school there was very little work in Shetland so he went to work on the Scottish mainland for 16 years returning to Shetland early in the oil era. Back in Shetland, he mainly worked as an engineer on the Sullom Voe tug boats. He has always been interested in wildlife, especially sea birds. He completed the Green Badge Tourist Guide Course in 1999.
At the moment, our team consists of 40 local, friendly Tourist Guides. All are very experienced and hold the Scottish Tourist Guides Association Green Badge for Shetland accreditation. All our guides have a variety of different interests so we will select a guide that best matches the requirements of your group.
We have 10 students who are currently undertaking the necessary training to become Tourist Guides. This training is due to be completed in the spring.
Our guides combine an in-depth local knowledge with positive and professional attributes and a deep passion for Shetland.
Eight of our guides speak additional foreign languages including French, German, Dutch, Norwegian, Russian, Portuguese and Polish.
Our guides are encouraged to attend the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme offered during the winter months, to update knowledge and improve standards.