Tourism Pioneer in Scotland

Stewart Campbell

He drives carefully, he dresses professionally, he sings well, he is a well-informed tour guide. He is Stewart Campbell, proud Scot,  proud Glaswegian (native of Glasgow)  and proud Campbell. He will be our driver in September 2014 when my tour group will visit Scotland.

Stewart Campbell was our coach driver on the first group tour I took to Scotland in 2007. He took over from another driver, whose driving hours were maxed out, and everyone immediately felt a difference. He looked different, a bit older with a professional appearance (blue blazer and tie) and acted with more enthusiasm for the job than the previous driver. This is because he had only recently trained and qualified as a coach driver, after a professional career in Scotland as a Chartered Quantity  Surveyor (= accountant/surveyor).

In the late 1990s, as the construction industry declined, Stewart resigned from his partnership in a quantity surveyor’s firm, and decided to follow a childhood dream. He trained as a bus driver, initially driving a double-decker school bus. After a year, he transferred to coach driving, driving all sorts of local groups and tourists. After 12 years, he is still enjoying it, describing his job as “the fulfillment of a wee boy’s dream.”

What the tourist sees and hears is a well-informed coach driver, always ready to share tidbits of history about the countryside, answer all sorts and questions with good cheer, and happy to lead the passengers in an on-bord sing-along. Sometimes, as with the song “I’ll tak’ the high road, and you’ll tak’ the low road” Stewart explains the tragic origin of the tale, before he leads the singing. His fine voice was heard in Alpine, Texas one summer when he sang in the choir of the Presbyterian Church after he dropped in following a visit to Canada to visit relatives. “I’m proud to be a Campbell, proud to be a Glaswegian and proud to be a Scot”, he says.  My Tour of Scotland in September 2014 will have Stewart as their driver. (details will be announced in September 2013).

 

Main road on Isle of Mull.

Main road on Isle of Mull.

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Our mini coach at Tobermory, Mull.

Our mini coach at Tobermory, Mull.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jim Glendinning About Jim Glendinning

I am a Footloose Scot who has traveled to 136 countries. "I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move." Robert Louis Stevenson
Read about Jim Glendinning and his book Footloose Scot: Travels In A Time Of Change

Comments

  1. Cathy Rhudy says:

    Hello Jim,
    I enjoy your website–and your latest book! I look forward to hearing about the 2014 trip to Scotland, remembering with great fondness our trip with you to Scotland in 2000–in which Stewart Cambell was one of bus drivers. A delightful coach driver and a wonderful trip. Please let me know when the 2014 details are available.
    Best wishes,
    Cathy

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