Skye Luxury Tours' Guides
Stuart & Glenda Mackinnon
Stuart Mackinnon was born and brought up in the little village of Elgol which lies at the foot of the Isle of Skye’s famous Cuillin Hills. There he attended one of the smallest and most charming primary schools in the world (where pupil numbers were in the single figures) before moving on to Skye’s only secondary school in Portree.
He went on to study Gaelic and Communications at Scotland’s ‘National Centre for Gaelic Language and Culture’, Sabhal Mor Ostaig and since then has studied theology in Dingwall and Edinburgh. In 2007 Stuart started working with his parents, Anne and Seumas Mackinnon, as a tour guide and skipper on their world-renowned boat trips on the Isle of Skye and he soon realised this was a work he really enjoyed and had a genuine and contagious enthusiasm for. It was a great experience to share a place which he loved with others, and doing so caused his own appreciation for his roots and home to grow day by day. During that time he made various appearances on television and radio to talk about the area, as well as hosting his own weekly show on the local radio station, Cuillin FM.
In 2013 Stuart suffered a serious knee injury which put an end to his sea-going tourism career (as well as giving him a welcome excuse to never take up marathon running!). In 2016 he was delighted to be able to return to tourism work starting his own business, Misty Isle Tours, which has now developed into Skye Luxury Tours. This new venture gives him the opportunity to put what he has learned through his years of working with his parents to good use.
As well as holding his Highland Council Private Hire licence Stuart also has a full category D PCV licence and regularly drives groups in minibuses and coaches.
Glenda Mackinnon’s love for Skye began when she and Stuart met in college in Edinburgh. Having been brought up surrounded by the rural farmlands and rugged coastline of County Antrim in Northern Ireland Glenda felt very much at home as she quickly settled on Skye where she soon fell in love not just with the scenery but also the local community and culture. She worked for a few years fulfilling her life-long dream of nursing, both in the local Broadford hospital on the island and also as a home carer in the remote Skye village of Elgol.
Glenda’s time is now mostly taken up with raising her their 4 children whose fun and mischief manage to keep her very busy at all times! Thankfully Glenda cannot imagine a better part of the world to bring up children than the adventure, open-air and relative safety of Skye and Lochalsh.
Whilst still enjoying discoveries of new parts of the Highlands herself, even after all these years, Glenda is excited to have the opportunity to introduce others to the area and mainly helps out with airport transfers and wedding transport, adding a woman’s touch, thoughtfulness and attention to detail to the wedding process. Guiding with Skye Luxury Tours is also a good excuse to escape their children for a while!