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Duncan Pepper

Guide at a Glance

  • Locations

    Edinburgh, Perth, Scotland, United Kingdom

  • Activities

    Fishing

  • Guiding Experience

    6 years

  • Languages

    English, French, Spanish

  • Awards

    Lonely Planet - greenest provider

  • Favorite Trip

    Trophy Trout Trip

Guide Bio

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Why did you become a tour guide?

From my childhood I used to interact with different people whenever I met them. Which really felt great and that is one and only keen interest that made me want to become a tour guide. This is my dream job.

What’s the most bizarre experience you’ve had on a guided tour?

Actually some travelers are too good. Once I dropped my cell phone on the swimming pool and the cell was not working while I was guiding an Arabian client. He actually bought me a new one even though it was not his fault at all.

Have you got a certain style of guiding, or do you just run with it on the day?

I just go through my head analyzing the travelers requirements, their age and what they might prefer more as per my suggestions and technically that has worked well to date.

What is the best part of your job?

Definitely, it’s reward at first. Moreover, I love to interact with different people from different parts of the world and the fun part is to see a humble smile on the face of the travelers before final departure. It feels absolutely great to take one step forward and face new people from different part of the world.

As an experienced guide yourself, can you explain to our readers what the benefits of hiring a guide are? 

The best part of using a guide is that they could more possibly connect with the specific destination and the clients in the best way – saving the time and best value for your money.

Tell us something about your area that only a guide would know.

There are plenty of natural and cultural wonders left to be discovered and I believe that we can easily connect those places with rest of the world. Like natural beauty, local culture, hidden heritage, festival, rituals, cuisine, arts and architecture.

Every job has its ups and downs. Are there any aspects of your job that you don’t like or aren’t that keen on?

The shadow part of this job is not being busy for most of the time. As being a seasonal industry we have to be free without work for the whole slack season, getting ourselves involved with some other official works to carry on our life.

And finally, in your view, what makes a good tour guide? 

A tour guide should have effective commentary and communication skills.  Likewise, they must have adequate information regarding 4A’s (Attractions of destination, Accessibility, Accommodation and Amenities facilities). Finally, a positive attitude and professional behavior are the key of success to become a perfect tour guide.

 

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I love what I do and this makes me strive to be the best. I set up my company Fishinguide Scotland to blend my favourite hobby of fishing with my experience and expertise in teaching. Four years on and things are going very well, with many excellent days shared with my treasured guests. We take very good care of all of our customers, with all transport, permits, tackle, lunch, instruction, and photos of your trip provided. I’m a fully insured guide and qualified casting instructor, with First Aid training and full disclosure. Whether it’s Salmon, Trout, Pike or Salt water fishing, fly or lure, your in good hands with Fishinguide Scotland.

Duncan Pepper's Reviews

  • Gary Carivau
    Reply

    Duncan provided and outstanding day of fishing for my two boys (16&12) and myself. Out of five stars I would give Duncan 5 stars. He was early to pick us up and provided a nice lunch also. My 12 year old caught the first two fish that were 6-8 pounds each! This was a highlight on our trip to Scotland. My 16 year old then caught a monster 15 pound Pike to out perform us all, what a thrill! We caught more than 14 fish total. This a great experience to see other parts of Scotland and experience it. This was a day of “catching” more than just “fishing”. If you would like to add a great day of fishing to your Scottish Holiday, Duncan is your man!
    Thanks,
    Gary Carivau, Los Angeles, California, USA

  • Fishinguide
    Reply

    As seen on Trip Advisor :I’m going to make this short and simple. I have hired many fishing guide around the world. Duncan was the best by far! He is professional, knowledgeable, honest, and most important he put you on fish. I had a great experience fishing with Duncan and I highly recommend him. Thanks for the great experience and memories. Sam

  • Fishinguide
    Reply

    As seen on TripAdvisor: “Pure, Unadulterated FUN” 5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2014 Coming from a limited fishing background, I had an amazing time with Duncan and my family (and caught my first fish)! Duncan is professional, patient, and extremely knowledgeable about the entire Scottish ecosystem. He is always on time and is flexible to alter the trip to your specific needs. I highly recommend this as a part of any and every trip to Scotland, or even if you want to get away from the big city and enjoy a bit of nature! It was an amazing experience and I would use Fishinguide again!

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