Welcome to Orkney.
I look forward to meeting you as I'm passionate about Orkney and all it has to offer you as our guest. I'm at my happiest when driving and guiding visitors so you can rest assured that you will gain a rewarding impression of the various aspects of our beautiful island.
Orkney has something for everyone. Vast unpolluted skies against a background of green and blue, land and seascapes.
A breathtaking natural environment of islands, bays, lochs, beautiful beaches, sea cliffs and moors. Set amongst this beauty are very well preserved Neolithic monuments which include UNESCO World Heritage Sites and the 12th century St Magnus Cathedral dominating the skyline in Kirkwall.
The islands are a haven for wildlife especially birds.
Add in friendly Orkney folk, thriving arts and crafts, museums, whisky and gin distilleries, great beer, cheese, seafood, lamb and beef.
You may wish to stay forever!
My career has mainly been in Travel and Tourism, working at airports, as a travel agent and tour operator manager. Also I have operated private food and drink tours to countries in Europe.
For the last year I have enjoyed driver-guiding around Orkney with my own eight seat executive licensed taxi.
When not driving I spend my time renovating my home - a traditional old stone cottage, walking the beaches and shoreline and looking out for puffins and other wildlife.
I'm also interested in the aviation history of Orkney and Scotland and keeping up with the latest Neolithic discoveries and theories.
I am confident that our 'Orkney time' together will be one of the best of your vacation with thought provoking memories that will last a lifetime. You may even wish to return to Orkney and delve a little deeper!
That would be my wish too.
I aim to offer an informal but informative overview of what it's like to live and work in such a beautiful place.
My Tours can be tailored to your personal requirements and I look forward to showing you our beautiful island and driving you in comfort and safety.
A Recent Review of this guide
Simon was very personable and knowledgeable about the history and geology of the Orkneys. He was very conscientious about making sure we saw what we wanted to see and went where we wanted to go. He even managed to get us on a last minute tour of the Highland Distillery! We highly recommend Simon for a personal tour guide. We most certainly will ask for him on our future visits! Thank you Simon for a wonderful day!
Fully licensed (Orkney Island Council) and insured Taxi driver,
BTEC National diploma in Travel and Tourism,
Member of the Orkney Tourism Group OTG,
PCV coach driving licence.
I am a fully licensed and insured Taxi driver. I have not yet qualified as a Green badge guide and will not be able to guide you within the historical monuments.