Margarita Herries in the Royal Botanical Gardens, EdinburghMargarita Herries, founder of Scotland Castle Tours, has been working as a Russian speaking Scottish tour guide since she qualified as an accredited Scottish Blue Badge Tourist Guide in 2004.

Margarita was born and raised in St Petersburg, and completed her schooling at a prestigious private school in Edinburgh, St George’s School for Girls. She then went on to study History at Edinburgh University.

Margarita loves to explore for wild mushrooms, discover new restaurants, shop for clothes in exclusive boutiques and designer shops, and sample rare whiskey. Scotland has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and she often takes a trip from Edinburgh to East Lothian, which has wonderful coastal parkland, on her days off.