I have lived in Orkney all my life, with a childhood spent playing in 8 feet snow drifts on the farm and learning to swim in the chilly waters of Scapa Flow! The longer I live in Orkney the more I see and appreciate the beauty around me.

My love for Orkney

Seeing Orkney through the eyes of a visitor

Sometimes you don’t see what’s around you until you look at it through a stranger’s eyes and this was certainly my experience when I started guiding at the world’s most northerly whisky distillery, Highland Park.

The part of the job I loved most was meeting people and the satisfaction of enhancing their experience of the distillery.

Then, the opportunity arose to work at Maeshowe within the Heart of Neolithic Orkney’s World Heritage Site guiding people back through 5,000 years of Orcadian history.

During my time at Maeshowe the highlight of my year was not as you might expect in the summer, but during the winter solstice.

I saw many winter sunsets during that time and enjoyed every one as if it were the first. It’s a fascinating sight watching the sun make its way along the wall of the passageway, cross the floor and shine on the back wall of the tomb, this magical event is quite breath-taking.


Volunteering & Achievements

I am a volunteer guide with The World Heritage Site Ranger Service guiding in the Heart of Neolithic Orkney.

I have completed a World Host course which I felt would enhance your experience with me.

Most importantly, I love Orkney...

… and everything about it – from the occasionally wild weather, to its dramatic landscapes and unique wildlife. From its deep and varied history to its current vibrant art and craft community. I look forward to welcoming you to share my home…Orkney.’

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Guest reviews

What my clients have said about my Orkney tours

“Jean met six of us at Stromness and delivered us safely back to St Margaret’s Hope four days later. She gave us a wonderful three and a half days of touring, was indefatigable, patient and extremely knowledgeable throughout, and showed us sights large and small with grace and friendliness. We all had a wonderful time – Orkney never disappoints but this was the best trip I have been on. Well worth while.”

— Reviewed by a Tripadvisor traveler

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