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At GoOrkney, we 'Go the extra mile' offering a range of book now and bespoke luxury guided tours of the Orkney Islands to discerning leisure and corporate visitors. Our tours are carefully created and designed to ensure your Orkney experience exceeds your expectations, leaving you with wonderful memories and a desire to return. Our small, personalised private tours of Orkney will make your trip simply unforgettable.
Kirkwall, Scotland

Awards
Travelers' Choice
2023

Why book with GoOrkney
  • Formal training and qualification with Scottish Tourist Guide Association and 30 years working in public service
  • English
  • Professional tour guide
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whitehaas
1 contribution
Oct 2023
As a native Orcadian, Gordon knows everything there is to know about the Orkney Islands, and he loves sharing his infectious passion for his homeland. He is thoughtful, detailed, and a pleasure to be around.

We found Gordon thanks to Allister who ran the front desk at the Kirkwall Hotel. We had a hard time booking something in advance due to the cruise ships that come to the Orkneys. Gordon decided to take on two stragglers and give us a tailored tour even though it was at the very end of his working season. He met us at the hotel and discussed what we were interested in seeing, and e-mailed us an amazing itinerary for the next day that also included a lunch stop and some home tours since he knew I was interested in old homes! In the midst of planning our tour day, we learned that the ferries were stopping service due to bad weather on the North Sea. We found one ferry that was going to Mainland Scotland and booked it. Gordon pivoted with us and made sure that we would be able to see everything that we wanted to see and even included dropping us off at the ferry in Stromness. He even went another extra mile and made sure that we had a taxi when we arrived at the terminal since we were getting there later in the evening. He made our trip to the Orkneys memorable and special!
Written November 5, 2023
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Thank you for your kind words, wonderful review and recommendation. It was a pleasure for me to spend time with you both and share some of our amazing, world class treasures. I'm delighted that you enjoyed your relatively short time in Orkney and hope you find the time to return and see more of what we have to offer, including plenty more old houses! Cheers. Gordon
Written November 14, 2023
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Trail800271
Philadelphia, PA8 contributions
Oct 2023
Gordon was among the finest guides we have ever had for any experience. His encyclopedic knowledge of the islands, its history, art and way of life contributed to our thorough enjoyment of the three days we spent with him. His driving made us comfortable; his ability to communicate made us informed. If you're going to Orkney (and why wouldn't you?) go with Gordon!
Written October 15, 2023
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Thank you so much for taking the time to post such a wonderful review and recommendation. I am delighted that you both enjoyed your extended visit to Orkney. It is always a pleasure to share our incredible islands and their amazing sites with such enthusiastic guests and I hope you get the opportunity to visit again. Cheers. Gordon
Written November 14, 2023
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Wendy C
Morgan, UT17 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
We had such a fun time with Gordon showing us the sights and beauty of Orkney while sharing the fascinating history. We got to see the Neolithic UNESCO World Heritage sites of Skara Brae (prehistoric Village), the Ring of Brodgar and the Standing Stones of Stenness, as well as the Scapa Flow and the stunning St. Magnus Cathedral. We were on a cruise and had a limited amount of time in Orkney and Gordon helped put together an itinerary that included all we wanted to see, plus extra sites he recommended. My husband is in a manual wheelchair and Gordon organized a fully accessible tour for us, then helped my husband get from site to site. We highly recommend GoOrkney Tours!
Written October 9, 2023
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Thank you so much for your kind words, wonderful review and recommendation. I am delighted that you found the day enjoyable and that, despite the limited time, it exceeded your expectations. We have such a wealth of amazing history and sites in Orkney, many of which are fully accessible and at GoOrkney we pride ourselves in tailoring each experience to the interests and requirements of our valued guests. Thanks again and I hope you consider a future visit. Cheers. Gordon
Written October 14, 2023
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michelered
Houghton Regis, UK32 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
Gordon is an excellent tour guide. He is a safe driver, and was very considerate of all of our groups needs. He is funny, informative and brings the history to life. I was coming from a cruise so had limited time but felt that we had a great introduction to the sights of Orkney. He also managed to get us to places before/after larger groups which made for some fantastic photos. I would highly recommend Gordon.
Written October 7, 2023
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Thank you for your wonderful review and recommendation. I'm delighted that you enjoyed your visit. We have so much to offer visitors to Orkney that one short day never really does it justice. With GoOrkney, you are always in safe hands and our smaller group tours gives us the flexibility to fit around the peak periods. We endeavour to ensure all our guests, irrespective of the time they have with us, get the best possible experience. Thanks again and I hope you consider returning for a little longer to see more of our amazing Islands. Cheers. Gordon
Written October 14, 2023
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Seaside723699
2 contributions
Oct 2023
We did a full day of sights on West Main Orkney. Focus on the paleolithic, but including cliffs, farm museum, and Iron-Age site. Gordan was delightful -- knowledgeable, considerate of our needs (my husband has limited mobility), and pleasant. Would not hesitate to give top recommendation.
Written October 3, 2023
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Thank you so much for taking the time to post such a wonderful review and recommendation. It was a pleasure to spend the day with you and I am delighted that you found the day enjoyable. We have such a wealth of amazing history and sites in Orkney, many of which are fully accessible and at GoOrkney we pride ourselves in tailoring each experience to the interests and requirements of our valued guests. Thanks again and I hope you consider a future visit. Cheers. Gordon
Written October 14, 2023
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Jane G.
1 contribution
Sep 2023 • Couples
We had just 24 hours to experience Orkney, and Gordon’s tour was the best way to get the most out of that time. On our own, we would never have been able to navigate everything we saw with so much in-depth coverage. We were able to visit all the sites we wanted. Lunch at a local cafe was superb. Gordon’s knowledge and friendliness put us immediately at ease and we had a great time. Highly recommended!
Written October 2, 2023
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Thank you for your kind words, wonderful review and recommendation. As we have so much to offer here in Orkney, a tour with GoOrkney is one of the best ways to ensure you get the ultimate experience, particularly if you are limited to just one day. I'm delighted that you enjoyed the tour and hope it has given you an appetite to visit again and experience more of our incredible Islands. Cheers. Gordon
Written October 14, 2023
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MRVAust
Caringbah, Australia101 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Absolutely brilliant. What a great day tour Orkney highlights is. Our tour guide/owner was a fabulous wealth of knowledge (also a local). The sights were incredible and the history around it all mind blowing. A MUST do tour with a reputable company. Worth every cent .
Written October 1, 2023
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Thank you for your wonderful review and recommendation. I'm delighted you enjoyed your tour and it was a pleasure to share with you our incredible history and sites. I hope you consider returning to experience some more of what we have to offer. Cheers. Gordon
Written October 14, 2023
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Janet H
Chula Vista, CA5 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
Gordon was a very knowledgeable and kind guide. He took us to all the historic sites of Orkney. Answering any questions we had. He truly loves his homeland. His wife Sandra went above and beyond to fit us in during the very busy season. Super dependable Tour Company and I would recommend them to anybody!
Written September 4, 2023
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Thank you for your wonderful review and recommendation. We do love our home and particularly being able to share it with others. We’re delighted you enjoyed the tour and despite certain busy periods, we use our extensive local knowledge and contacts to try, where we can to accommodate most enquiries. Thanks again and I hope you get a chance to return and see more of our amazing treasures. Cheers. Gordon
Written September 9, 2023
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davidpluntze
1 contribution
Aug 2023 • Family
We had a very great day, with a really good general overview of Mainland. We will need to come back and stay longer to get a deeper view into the history of the island.
Written August 28, 2023
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Hi David. Thank you for your kind words and positive review. It was a pleasure to show you our incredible sites and I hope you do make it back to explore some more. Cheers. Gordon
Written September 9, 2023
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FrancoisPay
Paris, France6 contributions
Jun 2023 • Family
Going with Gordon is a wonderful way of discovering Orkney islands.
He obviously knows the matter and is fond of this region.
He will lead you to magical places and provide you with many colourful details on the islands.
On top of it, he's really a nice guy.
We spent a very pleasant day : highly recommended !
Written August 7, 2023
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Hi Francois. Thank you for your kind words, excellent review and recommendation. I'm delighted that your group enjoyed your day and hope that you will consider returning to experience more. Cheers. Gordon
Written August 27, 2023
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