About Liz

Over 30 years, my previous career spanned every sector of the education scene in Scotland, culminating in the world of higher education – latterly as Director of Recruitment and Admissions at the University of Edinburgh.

From the competitive international world of student recruitment emerged three driving passions – a pride and fascination in the country of my birth; a love of travel and diverse cultures; and the ambition to deliver customer service that exceeds all expectations.

A fortuitous opportunity to take early retirement in 2010 allowed me to embark on a new chapter in my life.  The obvious progression? Two years of intensive study to gain the Scottish Tourist Guides Association Blue Badge Qualification. New skills, a whole lot of knowledge and the chance to share my passion and enthusiasm while interpreting Scotland for you the visitor.

In 2013 I was invited to guide for Rick Steves, Europe by The Back Door on his “Best of Scotland in 10 Days” tours. Years later I now have friends spread all over the USA, Canada and beyond.

Today, I balance the role of a Rick Steves tour guide with planning and guiding bespoke private tours for discerning travellers – some with special interests, others with no idea where to start!

Outside the guiding season, winter is now used to indulge my own passion for travel!

For my vacation this year, I took one of my own Rick Steves Best of Scotland tours and it was led by Liz Lister. After travelling with Liz for ten beautiful days, it's clear, Liz loves people, she loves her work, and she knows her stuff. Liz worked behind the scenes to keep things going smoothly and made positive serendipity the norm. During the tour, I kept thinking how delightful it was to be in the care of a proud Scottish woman for my Scottish travel experience. Thanks Liz for a great trip! Rick Steves, Rick Steves Europe, Edmonds, USA