Brightwater Holidays has been based in Fife’s county town of Cupar for the last 25 years. In that time, we have made it our mission to provide quality garden and special interest tours to individuals, private clubs and societies up and down the country. Helping our guests to expand their horizons and fulfil their travel dreams is our privilege — if there’s a garden or archaeological site you’ve always wanted to see, we’d love to help you see it. From the northern tip of Scotland to the southern reaches of Cornwall, the villas of Italy to the temples of Japan, you can discover it all on a Brightwater Holidays tour.
And now, with our 2018 tours, you can get much, much more. Next year is all about the little extras: the porterage, the tips, the luscious lunches and drinks at dinner, the extra stars on your hotel. If you're travelling with us in 2018, prepare to get a lot more Brightwater for your buck.
If you have any questions about any of our holidays, get in touch by giving us a call on 01334 657155
We look forward to seeing you soon on tour!
Steffanie Robertson – Sales Team Leader
Steffanie has a key role in managing the sales department, ensuring that everything runs smoothly and that all our guests are well looked after. She has a vast knowledge of Scotland and beyond and she loves nothing more than helping our guests decide which one of our fabulous tours would suit their needs.
Favourite Destination –Borneo
Favourite Beach – Luskentyre, Harris
Interesting Fact about Steffanie – Loves extreme sports - kite-surfing, mountain biking, snowboarding and stand up paddling.
Aarron Hume – Sales Executive
Born in Scotland but raised in England as my father was in the Royal Air Force for 22 years, I am probably one of the small minority of people that has an English accent in the north, relatively new to the Brightwater family I can honestly say that I love what I do, the history and culture of Scotland that is involved in our historical Scottish tours I find truly fascinating. Scotland is a beautiful part of the world that should be a top 10 holiday destination on most people’s list. During my spare time I play for 2 pool teams and attend the gym regularly. I would consider myself as outgoing, fun loving and positive. I believe in grabbing every experience that we can in life, my father told me once it’s not years in your life that are important, but the life in them years. Something that has stuck with me since I was young. So who could ask for a more fitting job than to make amazing trips, memories and adventures for our guests.
Followed Musicians – Oasis and Phil Collins (they don’t make musicians like this anymore)
Bucket List Holiday – Maldives and Thailand full moon party.
Interesting Fact about Aarron – I have played competitive pool (and lost most convincingly) against World Snooker Champion Mark Selby.
Kelly Wilson – Sales Executive
Likes nothing better than speaking to guests and giving excellent customer service to make guests happy.
Favourite holiday destination – Tenerife
Favourite flower – Sunflower
Interesting fact about Kelly – Loves going on city breaks
Andrew Sharples – Product Development Manager
Andrew is involved in researching and developing new tour itineraries and there is nothing he likes better than studying a map, a railway timetable or Caledonian MacBrayne’s ferry schedule. He also loves to get out of the office on hotel inspections and research trips. Never happier than when Dundee United win on a Saturday afternoon – therefore seldom happy.
Favourite garden – Haddon Hall, Derbyshire.
Favourite train journey – The Fort William to Mallaig line on the Jacobite.
Interesting Fact about Andrew – has a large model railway in his attic.
Jenni Duncan – Private Groups Manager
Jenni joined Brightwater Holidays in 1998 and has worked in several different roles across the company from sales to Operations. Her main role now is looking after our private groups to ensure we put together and supply them with the perfect holiday that matches their requirements.
Favourite garden – Any Japanese garden at cherry blossom time
Favourite place – Iceland
Interesting fact about Jenni – Was a Scottish junior gymnast
Julie Simpson – Operations Manager
In charge of our Operations team who ensure that all elements of each and every holiday run smoothly and seamlessly, from the coach turning up on time (and being in the right place), to the hotels knowing how many guests are coming, to all excursions and visits being briefed and booked properly.
Favourite Place – The Isle of Seil
Favourite Tour Manager – She loves them all!
Interests – Julie spends her nights running her Children to football training and then spends the weekends watching them play football. Julie tries to enjoy some time to herself but is always too busy being a taxi, but I do love being a mum
Hazel Smith – Operations Assistant
There are not many gardens that Hazel is not on first name terms with or has a phone number or email address for. Books museum visits, books castles, books guides, books ferries, books whisky tastings – there are not many things Hazel has not booked in her years at Brightwater Holidays.
Favourite book – Watership Down by Richard Adams.
Favourite dog – Eden (her Black Labrador).
Interesting Fact about Hazel – ace organiser of Brightwater’s Secret Santa.
Julie Liddle – Operations Assistant
Beavers away, producing rooming lists, pick up lists, flight lists, booking lists, lists about lists. Can turn her hand to most areas in Operations, and indeed Reservations if the need occurs. A great team player with a wealth of experience.
Favourite Place in Scotland – Kinlochrannoch
Favourite Scottish beach – Tentsmuir
Interesting Fact about Julie – Julie enjoys being outdoors and football (watching not playing!) and cooking
Christina Minejko – Operations Assistant
Tour operating runs in the blood for Christina, who, following in her father Andrew’s footsteps, joined the team in February 2017 and has taken to Operations like a duck to water. Christina has a particular interest in Scottish Islands and is now on first name terms with most of the ferry operators, hotel owners and site managers around the country.
Favourite place: New York City
Favourite TV show: Grey’s Anatomy
Interesting fact: Has a degree in Zoology
Lisa Wilson – Accounts Manager
Joined Brightwater in May 2005 as Accounts Assistant then took over as Accounts Manager in June 2016. Prior to starting work at Brightwater, Lisa’s working background is within the hotel industry.
Favourite Place in Scotland – Walking on St Andrews Beach and a game of putting on the Himalayas
Interesting Fact about Lisa - When not at work she enjoys caddying for her daughter on various golf courses and kayaking down the River Tay (trying not to end up upside down!)
Sharon Halliday – Accounts Assistant
Although new to Brightwater Sharon has worked in finance for the last 9 years in different industries from online retailers, to Pharmaceuticals, IT Consultants, Picture Framer’s, Homewares and Shipping Liners. Sharon’s toughest challenge was to walk ‘40K in a day ‘through parts of the Fife Coastal Path for her friends 40th birthday, and raised just over £3,500 for Cancer Research. Sharon has just recently passed An Introduction to Counselling at Fife College. She is hoping to develop her skills further by enrolling on to the HNC in September 2018.
Favourite Colour -purple.
Currently reading: Learn to Counsel by Jan Sutton and William Stewart.
Fun fact: she can touch her nose with her tongue!
Michelle Bryant - Accounts Assistant
Michelle has been a part of the Brightwater Holiday team since 2013. After graduating with a degree in Accounting Michelle is currently studying to gain the AAT qualification and then hopes to go on to management accountancy. One of the many highlights of Michelle’s career with Brightwater Holidays was the opportunity to travel on the Dutch Bulbfields Cruise and visit Keukenhof, one of the world’s largest flower gardens
Michelle’s favourite destination: Grand Canyon National Park where Michelle’s partner proposed
Interests: Michelle enjoys attending concerts with her daughter, zumbaing and thai boxing
Fun fact: Michelle has a twin sister also working in accounts