Mists rolling over cavernous Glens and Lochs, woolly mountain cattle grazing on rocky hillsides, castles of fame and tragedy towering over their surroundings, fireside whisky in warm pubs, and the haunting sounds of bagpipes drifting on the breeze. Scotland is at once romantic, wild, majestic, and characterised by those enterprising and fiercely independent people that Winston Churchill famously declared, “Of all the small nations of this earth, perhaps only the ancient Greeks surpass the Scots in their contribution to mankind.” Some of the most spectacular scenery and the UK’s highest mountains are to be found in Scotland, extending from the English borders, up through the Lowlands and the Highlands, to the Orkney and Shetland Islands.
Barbara lives in the Blue Mountains and has a solid background in travel, tourism and hospitality. She has worked in wholesale and retail travel, then as an events coordinator in a 5-star hotel, before living and working in Japan for 2 years as a conversational English teacher with her husband Duncan. Once back in Australia, she managed of group of spa cabins and wedding venue, and for the next 10 years owned and managed a local Teahouse and Australian Gallery. Barbara has been part of the Railway Adventures tour leader team since April 2021 and loves being part of a like-minded group that supports a well-planned and inspirational itinerary, creating lifelong memories with enthusiastic passengers. She always enjoys having the opportunity of travelling and meeting new people, and has a real understanding of traveller’s expectations and needs. She’s also a member of Oral History NSW and her latest venture is recording individual life stories.