Hailing from Connel on the shores of the beautiful Loch Etive in Argyll, Scotland. This ‘West Coast Wanderer’ was raised in a land of natural beauty, complete with a history that can rival pretty much anywhere in Scotland.
Leaving school as a lad of 16 years. The man in question, Paul McLean, was employed directly with an Advertising Agency. Here Paul learned his trade, Advertising, Marketing, and Design. Spending some Twenty plus years in the Advertising and Marketing Sector, some would say Paul was living the dream. As by this point, he had his own Advertising/Marketing Agency.
However ‘some’ would be wrong!
Through a request made by friends from the United States of America, Paul’s work life was to take a dramatic change. The request in question, was for Paul to drive his ‘friends and party,’ around Scotland during their holiday. The favour was duly completed, and all went well. Better still Paul got a bit of a kick out of his ‘Chauffeur come Tour Guide’ role.
Two months later, request #2 was made to Paul; Asking if he would be prepared to do his Tour Guide once again. The initial group Paul had enlightened with the beauty of Scotland, had raved so much about their vacation to their friends about the sights Paul took them to see, not to mention the snippets of ‘times gone by,’ he enthralled them with through his adept knowledge of Scottish History. These friends of friends wanted to experience much of the same.
Hello ‘McLean Scotland.’
Goodbye ‘Advertising Agency’
Possibly a Midlife Crisis or just a Lifestyle choice. However, Paul decided it was time to turn his back on the Advertising Agency and embark on his new career in Tourism.
Asking Paul what has been the greatest satisfaction for him through the years of building ‘McLean Scotland,’ his unequivocal answer was “making it work and finding a great business partner.” It just so happens that he refers to his business partner as his best friend and partner of seventeen years.
Paul’s father, a son of Oban, passed away when Paul was only two years old. However, his fathers memory has remained a strong inspiration along his journey.
Mclean Scotland(Paul’s) repertoire now extends well beyond taking a few tourists around the Bonnie shores of Scotland. Holding on to his coat tails listening to him wax lyrical on the history of Alba. Expansion has led to Driver Guided Tours, Group Tours, Self Drive Tours, Whisky Tours, Fishing Expeditions, Golf Tours and Pipe Band Events. This is not to mention the Renewal of Vows package that is offered.
And to quote that fine Irish Scholar, Jimmy Cricket “And there’s more.”
Daley Irish Tours
For many a millennia there has been strong Celtic links to the Western shores of Scotland. For Paul, there is no requirement to go back so far. Eire is in his DNA, with his mother being a daughter of Kilkenny in the Irish Republic. Therefore, not content with endearing a worldwide audience to Scotland’s treasures. Paul now introduces his clients to a bit of the Blarney, as he offers Irish Tours through another of the numerous feathers in his hat “Daley Irish Tours.” Again the range of tours offered is broad, Irish Whiskey Tours, History Tours, Golf Tours…… etc. The list of Tours that can be arranged is only limited by your imagination!
The final feather in Paul’s hat is borne of his own love of Whisky. Paul along with his partner Liz own the ‘Angels Whisky Club‘ and have the well known Authority, Author and all round Scotch Whisky Guru Charles MacLean as their Patron. The ‘Angels Whisky Club’ is a free members club. Within the club there is access to bespoke Whisky Tasting, Whisky Tours, Whisky Schools, and even the assistance in finding your very own whisky to purchase by the cask.
Update 1st October 2015
Paul and Liz have a new updated site directly promoting their wonderfully creative ‘Whisky Tours Scotland,’ for any real Whisky fan this is worth a look. Congratulations to you both on the new site.
Like any true professional though, Paul himself professional to the core. His cards were held very close to his chest
TMC, “What is your favourite tipple? “
Paul says, “My favourite dram, too many to mention. It changes with time of day/year/location and who with.”
TMC, “If you could buy yourself one bottle, what would it be?”
Paul says, “Irn Bru” (Is this the morning after a tasting session though, as all Scot’s know that a bottle of Bru is the only true cure to a hangover)
Paul was also reluctant to divulge any of the ‘funny memories’ that he has encountered along the way. For these memories have been identified as another feather that is bound for his hat, by the way of a book.
McLean Scotland is recommended by Visit Scotland.
Daley Irish Tours happy working with Tourism Ireland.