Hello, I’m James Campbell and thank you for visiting my web-site. I hope you find it informative and helpful when planning your visit to Scotland.
I set up James Campbell Tours in 2005 after studying Scottish History in Edinburgh. I have a background in travel planning having managed tours across Scotland, England and Ireland and I’m now in the lucky position where I guide people around my home country, Scotland; showing you the sights and scenery of one of the most beautiful and friendly places in the world.
I am a member of Scotland’s national Tourist Organisation, Visit Scotland. I also work with and give tourism advice on Scotland to travel Agents, Tour Operators and Destination Management Companies in the USA, Canada and Europe.
I have made many friends across Scotland due to my work in the tourism business. I am a ‘well kent face’ across the highlands and a fantastic by product of touring here is the meeting of friendly people along the way.
I have built up a wonderful portfolio of accommodation from the very finest 3 to 5 star Bed & Breakfasts to wonderful hotels from 3 to 5 star including Castles, Country Houses and Victorian Villas. I know the best restaurants, pubs, bistros and local shops and craft centres.
Due to my tour guiding experience, I know lots of (and I’m still discovering) hidden gems. Places which, really are ‘away from it all’ and I always include these places in itineraries. Touring in Scotland affords you a day of big sites, for example Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle but you can also get ‘off the beaten track’ to quieter Glen Affric which has wonderful views over peaceful Loch Beinn a’Mheadhoin amongst ancient Caledonian Pine Trees.
A wee bit more….
I was born in Edinburgh and have lived in this historic city ever since so I can truly say it is my home town! Like many families from the south of Scotland, my first holiday experiences were spent in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. My first holidays, in the 1970s when I was around 6 years old, were to places like St Andrews, Inverness, Oban and Pitlochry. Through the late 1970s and early 1980s my family ventured further north to Sutherland (which means Southland but that’s from a Viking perspective)! It was on these journeys that I realised how tranquil and beautiful the Highlands of Scotland are. To this day I still travel to these beauty spots with my own family and I am also fortunate to travel there with tourists from all over the world, showing them the places that we Scots love too.
My first true flavour of another culture was in 1984 on a family trip to Spain and this is a country I still enjoy visiting to this day. My favoured places here being the wilder North West Celtic regions and the Basque country.
I have travelled across the USA, from New England to California and coached soccer in Southern California. I tested my driving skills on Highway 1 driving from San Francisco to Los Angeles and I must admit it was almost as good as driving through the Highlands of Scotland! I am proud to say that John Muir was a Scot and he had a big influence in Northern California, it is easy to see why he loved this area so much. I am a member of the John Muir Trust here in Scotland. www.jmt.org
People always ask “did you do Napa Valley wine country”? I did not! However, this does give me a great excuse to go back to this beautiful part of the world.
Away from touring I enjoy all kinds of music and play the acoustic guitar. I enjoy walking and photography but most of my time is taken up by my young family!