My tour guide beginnings. 1996 Diary – School Trip to the Highlands of Scotland – Day 5…

Well, here it is, the final day of our adventures in the Highlands of Scotland, following my diary as an 11 year old on our school trip. Today it’s Day 5, Friday, and we are heading back to school and back home. I obviously had more time for the drawings for this day and we’ve got giraffes and a monkey at Blair Drummond Safari Park, a couple of dodgem cars bumping, the amazing slide and the bus going in the opposite direction to how it was on Day 1 and with different expressions on the kids’ faces. Y’see what I did there? ; )

I think the seal show was probably a set up. Pebbles knew exactly what she was doing and was supposed to be the funny part of the show. The slide was brilliant! Loved slides like that back in the day.

I am also very impressed with my precision noting of times -“we left at twenty to nine“, “we arrived at twelve minutes past three” – a very useful thing to keep in mind as a tour guide. In my job I am always punctual or usually early, for some reason that is often not the case in social situations!

I obviously held a bit of a grudge about “some of us” having to wait a while for our parents to come and pick us up. All is now forgiven!! Haha. Read the full diary entry below or click on the video to hear my reading.

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Friday 17th of May 1996

We had another early start this morning because we came home today. We left the hotel at about twenty to nine and a while later we arrived at Blair Drummond Safari Park. First we drove through an enclosure and we saw monkeys and deer and sheep. Then we went through another enclosure and we saw tigers, lions and bison. Next we played at the play park for a while and after that we went to a seal show. There were three seals at the seal show, called Blossom, Mindy and Pebbles. At the start when the man called up the three seals only Blossom and Mindy came up. Throughout the whole show Pebbles didn;t do anything. After that we had our lunch. Then we went to a big slide that had four lanes ad when you went down there were wee bumps that you went flying off. Next we went to the dodgems, they were brilliant. Then we played in the amusements for a while and then we went back on the bus. We arrived at twelve minutes past three and some of us had to wait a while for our parents, but they all eventually came.

The End.

By Colin Mairs

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My tour guide beginnings. 1996 Diary – School Trip to the Highlands of Scotland – Day 4…

This is day 4 of my diary entries from my school trip to Highlands of Scotland in 1996, I was 11 years old.

In today’s diary entry we visit the Highland Folk Museum in Newtonmore, and Rothiemurchus Estate. Good to read that we saw some Highland cattle, which you may know better as “hairy coos”, and I included a wee cut-out clipping from the Rothiemurchus brochure as proof of this.

Scroll down for more pictures of the diary pages, a text transcript (just in case you can’t read my beautiful handwriting ☺️) and video of me reading today’s diary entry.

I didn’t know it at the time, but this was clearly an influential trip for me and an early experience that helped shape me as a tour guide.

Diary of an 11 year old Colin Mairs on a school trip to the Highlands of Scotland.

Day 4:

“Thursday 16th of May 1996

The first thing we did this morning was go to the Highland Folk Museum. There we saw an old house with a fire burning inside it and when you went inside the house it was REALLY smoky. After the Highland Folk Museum we came back to the hotel for our lunch. Then we went to the Rothiemurcis Estate. We got a tractor ride and saw all the animals on the farm. There were Highland cattle, red deer and pigs. Then we saw the fish, all the fish were rainbow trouts and we saw one rare Albino rainbow trout. After that we came back to the hotel. Tonight we are going to have a disco. I hope it will be good.”

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My tour guide beginnings. 1996 Diary – School Trip to the Highlands of Scotland – Day 3…

Diary of an 11 year old Colin Mairs on a school trip to the Highlands of Scotland.

Day 3:

Wednesday 15th of May 1996

This morning we had to get up a bit earlier because we had a long way to drive to Inverness. First of all we went on the Jacobite Cruise which took us down a canal and then into Loch Ness. After that we went to Urquhart Castle and we had our lunch there. Then we went to the official Loch Ness Monster Centre. In there we saw proof that there was a monster, and proof that there wasn’t a monster. Next we went to Culloden Moore and saw where the battle between the Jacobites and the Redcoats fought and we also saw a film about the battle of Culloden.

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My tour guide beginnings. 1996 Diary – School Trip to the Highlands of Scotland – Day 2…

Diary of an 11 year old Colin Mairs on a school trip to the Highlands of Scotland.

Tuesday 14th of May 1996

“Today we went to Landmark. Everything at Landmark was brilliant. I especially enjoyed seeing Bob the horse, playing at the Adventureland and going up the Forest Tower. After that we went skating it was great fun. I fell loads of times and my back is still sore from falling. Then we came back to the hotel. Tonight we are going to the Waltzing Waters. I am looking forward to it.”

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My tour guide beginnings. 1996 Diary – School Trip to the Highlands of Scotland – Day 1…

Diary of an 11 year old Colin Mairs on a school trip to the Highlands of Scotland.

Day 1:

“Monday 13th of May 1996

This morning we departed from school. After about forty-five minutes of driving we arrived at Bannockburn Heritage Centre. When we got there we watched a film about Robert the Bruce and the battles that he fought in. The film also told us about how there were some people trying to find Robert the Bruce and were going to kill him. So Robert the Bruce hid in a cave, while he was in the cave, he watched a spider trying to make it’s web and after many attempts, it finally got the web made. After the film we went into a different room and there was a man dressed in clothes that Bruce’s army would have worn. The man told us about the clothes that everybody would have worn and he told us lots of other thing. The man was very funny. Next we drove for about one and a half hours until we eventually reached the hotel.”

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