About Us

Welcome to Connoisseur - an experienced 'independent' Travel Agency and Tour Operator based in Edinburgh. Connoisseur Travel Services Ltd was formed in 1987 and has remained an independent travel agent offering a high quality of service to our customers.

Friendly Service

Our aim is to provide travel opportunities for our clients, which suit their needs at a competitive cost while offering a friendly service with attention to detail.


We specialise in Ocean, River, Coastal and Expedition Cruising as well as tailormade holidays, Worldwide and European. We also offer escorted and independent tours, flights, city breaks as well as package, honeymoon and safari holidays.


The Team

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Our Connoisseur Team

Left to right: Lesley, James, Moira, Diane, Michelle, Erin, Linda, Yvonne, Stephanie, Michelle H and
Hameesh! (Our Hamish)

Moira Scott - Managing Director

Moira ScottMoira has been in the travel industry since 1970 and has specialised in cruising since 1980. In 1987 Moira opened Connoisseur Travel Services. Moira has sailed over the last 30 years on nearly every type of ship/cruise worldwide – River cruise; Ocean cruise; a 'Sailing' ship round the Greek Islands and Expedition cruising to Antarctica!


Michelle Welsh - Manager   small_ambassador.jpg

I have been working at Connoisseur for over 10 years; starting as a ‘Trainee travel agent’ I am very proud to have taken over recently as Manager. I have always had a passion for tourism and studied Tourism Management at Napier University before working in hotels and finally finding Connoisseur. I specialise in cruising and enjoy escorting our larger groups on board Fred Olsen’s 4 ships. My favourite travel moment is a close call between seeing a polar bear in Svalbard and visiting Elvis’s Graceland last year! 

Yvonne Wintour - Assistant Manager   small_ambassador.jpg


Over 30 years travel experience - of which 20 years have been with Connoisseur and previously Lunn Poly & Globespan. All round travel specialist with retail experience as well as groups, escorting & tailormade. Visited many Med destinations as well as Krakow, Prague, Canada, America & Caribbean. Specialist in River cruises, Hurtigruten & luxury cruising. Favourite travel moment was in 2014 escorting a Connoisseur group to China. Very memorable.

Linda Thomson - Senior Travel Specialist

Linda.jpgOver 40 years in travel, 13 of them with Connoisseur and previously Sibbald Travel and Scottish Express. I've travelled to Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand and many European cities. Travel specialist in European city breaks, Small ship and Scottish Highland cruising, Hurtigruten & River cruises. My favourite travel moment was on safari in the Masai Mara where I saw the Big 5.


Lesley Kernan - Senior Travel Specialist    small_ambassador.jpg

Lesley.jpgI have over 26 years travel experience and just love travel. I began my career at Lunn Poly followed by Sibbalds and have been with Connoisseur over 12 years. I have travelled extensively in the Greek Islands, USA and Caribbean including Bermuda, St Maarten & Anguila. Travel Specialist in Australia, Greece and Luxury Caribbean. Favourite travel moment was Riley's Rainforest Retreat in Australia watching kangaroos and other wildlife from my balcony.


James Clark - Senior Travel Specialist

JamesThe new boy at Connoisseur having joined the company in November 2015 . However I brought with me nearly 40 years of  experience in the travel industry. Over those years I have travelled extensively in Europe, Far East, USA and the Caribbean. If I had to pick one travel highlight it would have to be cruising on the Amazon a few years ago. A wonderful experience that I would recommend to anyone.

Diane Longmuir - Senior Travel Specialist

Diane.jpgI have over 26 years travel experience. I love visiting new destinations around the world. My favourite travel experience so far has been travelling by train through the Rockie Mountains in Canada - Breath-taking experience!


Erin Bisset - Sales and Marketing

Erin .jpgI have been apart of the Connoisseur team for almost 10 years now and during my time I have had some of the most incredible experiences. From cruising the beautiful islands of the Caribbean to working in melbourne, Australia. 
One of my most favourite places in the world is the Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany - straight out of a fairytail and absolutley breath-taking! 

Michelle Hay - Accounts Clerk

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I have over 15 years experience working in accounts and finance in various different industries from Construction, Hotel, Renewable energies and even Fish farming. This is my first time working in the travel industry, but it’s definitely something I’m passionate about! I have visited Morocco, Dubai, New York, Florida, Cyprus, Tenerife and even Cruised around the Caribbean islands. My favorite holiday location by far has to be the Maldives – very much a bare foot holiday with white sand, warm sea and cocktails. A tropical paradise!

Stephanie Bridgeford - Marketing and Travel Trainee

Screen Shot 2019-01-07 at 15.28.13.pngI am brand new to Connoisseur however I have always wanted to work within the travel industry.  I graduated from Robert Gordon University with a degree in International Tourism Managment in 2017. Some of my favourite travel moments include visiting Cape Point in South Africa and Niagara Falls in Canada.

Members of ...

ABTA Members

Screen Shot 2019-05-22 at 15.23.36.pngWe are a member of ABTA, the Association of British Travel Agents, our membership numbers are P7377 and Y6595.
For more information about ABTA, its members and its consumer services visit www.abta.com . We are obliged to maintain a high standard of service to you by ABTA’s Code of Conduct and should you have any disputes you are fully protected and have access to ABTA's dispute procedures. 


ATOL 6053.jpgConnoisseur Travel Services Ltd is also a fully bonded and licensed tour operator and the air holidays featured in our brochures are ATOL protected by the bonding scheme administered by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). For more information about the protection offered by the CAA, please visit www.caa.co.uk


SPAA (Scottish Passenger Agents' Association)

spaa-logo.gifWe are a member of the SPAA – Scottish Passenger Agents' Association, which was established in 1921, and is one of the oldest travel trade associations in the world.


CLIA UK & Ireland

Clia logo  We are also a member of CLIA, Cruise Lines International Association UK & Ireland formerly ACE – Association of Cruise Experts. This affords us, once again, unique offers and ship visits.