Dean Village and Stockbridge Tour
Along the River
Born and raised in Milan, Irene moved to Scotland in 2009. She achieved a PhD in Art History at the University of Edinburgh in 2015. Her doctoral thesis looked at the artistic patronage of the Vespucci family in fifteenth-century Florence. Irene currently works at the University of Edinburgh. She loves art, coffee, yoga, and the sun – not necessarily in this order. Despite her reluctance to sit on planes, she is a travel addict and she hopes to tour the world one day. Edinburgh stole her heart and it is now her home.
Hugh was born in Scotland, and raised on his father’s farm in Perthshire. He was educated at Cambridge University, where he read French and German literature. After completing his doctoral thesis in German, he joined the British foreign service, and spent over 25 years travelling the world as a diplomat, ultimately with the rank of ambassador.
Robin was born in Ayrshire, and after a spell in Aberdeen, has lived and worked in Edinburgh since arriving as a student in the '70s. He has guided since 2012 and loves sharing with visitors his fascination with this spectacular city and how it has evolved over the centuries. Robin takes a keen interest in Scottish history and also has a special passion for the country's traditional song and music. He believes no day in Edinburgh is complete without a coffee and cake in a carefully selected cafe, or, depending on the time of day, a pint of real ale in one of the many fine pubs, whether on or off the tourist trail.
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