Traveler Reviews of Private Tours in Orkney-Scotland by Tour Guide Garry D. (Guide #27306)


Diane Craig

Canada
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Tour: #472805, Orkney Highlights Tour Full Day, Orkney Islands, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Sep 23/19

Lynne C.

Minnetonka, MN, United States
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Tour: #440960, Create Your Own Orkney Guided Tour 5 Hours, Orkney Islands, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Sep 21/19

Garry is not only a fantastic guide but a terrific person. He is very responsive, easy to communicate with to plan the best possible tour. At the last minute we invited two of our friends from the cruise ship to join us, he accommodated us and we all had a good time and learned a few things along the way. Don't hesitate to invest your day with Garry it will be worthwhile.

William Constantine

United States
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Tour: #440960, Tailor Made Orkney Guided Tour 5 Hours, Orkney Islands, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Sep 5/19

Garry was a terrific tour guide and made my two daughters and I fell very comfortable.He was very flexible with our schedule, very knowledgeable about the area and just an all round superb tour guide . We would highly recommend him!!!!!

Alison C.

United States
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Tour: #440960, Create Your Own Orkney Guided Tour 5 Hours, Orkney Islands, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Sep 2/19

We had a wonderful 5 hour tour with Garry. He was organized, extremely knowledgeable, and very engaging. We learned a great deal and gained insight into the history, nature, and character of the Orkneys. We couldn't have discovered the amazing sights he showed us on our own. Our needs and expectations were exceeded.

Robert Barrows

United States
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Tour: #410448, Half Day Guided Tour - Orkney Through the Ages, Orkney Islands, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Sep 2/19

This tour was fabulous. Garry was a terrific tour guide. Very sincere and also very proud of the Orkney Islands. We enjoyed him very much.

Michael Jeffery

Canada
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Tour: #472805, Orkney Highlights Tour Full Day, Orkney Islands, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Aug 30/19

Garry provided a day long tour of Orkney to our party of four through a largely wet and blustery day. The tour was superb. Garry was an excellent host & guide adapting the tour to our interests and the circumstances. He is very knowledgable on the history of the Orkney islands and provides his insights in an easily understandable and friendly manner. He is patient, providing clear responses to all questions and entertained us with his stories and wit. We would highly recommend Garry to any Orkney visitor.

Jeffrey Dodge

United States
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Tour: #472805, Orkney Highlights Tour Full Day, Kirkwall, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Aug 22/19

We modified this tour to roughly 5 hours. So we saw the Stones, Skara Brae ruins, The Tomb, and Hilltop view of Kirkwall. Garry provided a history of Orkney, was very accommodating and was willing to spend as much time as we wanted on the tour. Garry has a thick Scottish Brogue, but was understandable and lended to the authenticity of our tour. We would certainly recommend Garry to family and friends. Great tour!

David Lebow

United States
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Tour: #472805, Orkney Highlights Tour Full Day, Orkney Islands, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Aug 12/19

Garry loves these islands and he strives and succeeds in taking you to the very best places. He never rushes you and seems to intuitively know when you want more or are ready to move on to the next place. He was on time and waiting for us and he made modifications because time restrictions. Through our entire 8 plus hours he regaled is with stories and great humor. Using him in Orkney is a great plus.

Stephanie Johnson

United States
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Tour: #472805, Orkney Highlights Tour Full Day, Orkney Islands, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Aug 7/19

Very interesting day. Garry did a great job

Norris Crigler

United States
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Tour: #472805, Orkney Highlights Tour Full Day, Orkney Islands, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Aug 5/19

Gary was an excellent guide for our all-day tour of Orkney. He was very knowledgeable about all points of interest, and made sure we really enjoyed ourselves. His vehicle was very comfortable throughout our 8 hour ride around Orkney. Besides the major archeological, historical and scenic attractions, he added interesting sites such as the "hairy pigs". Gary exceeded our expectations, and we would recommend him without reservation to anyone who wants to get the most out of a day on Orkney.

Kay Gerken

United Kingdom
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Tour: #410448, Half Day Guided Tour - Orkney Through the Ages, Orkney Islands, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Aug 3/19

We used Garry on a recent cruise where we had a day in Orkney. He picked us up from the dock at the appointed time and off we went. He was very knowledgeable about the island and was very friendly. We were just a couple but his vehicle would comfortably have taken 4 and he can now accommodate a wheelchair as well. He has an in vehicle speaker system so the person in the back can easily hear what he says. Stopped for lunch at a convenient point. Would happily recommend.

Monica Avellaneda

United States
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Tour: Monica Avellaneda step on tour, Kirkwall, Scotland, United Kingdom
Date: Aug 1/19

Dears, we greatly enjoyed our tour with Garry D. In Orkney yesterday. He arranged a custom tour for us and made great suggestions. We enjoyed his company and his easy-going and flexible approach to tour guiding... it was wonderful! A 5 out of 5! Thank you!

Linda Meier

United States
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Tour: #440960, Linda Meier Tailor Made Minibus Tour, Kirkwall, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jul 30/19

Our tour with Garry of Scapa Flow, Standing Stones of Stenness, Ring of Brodgar, Skara Brae and Skaill House, the cliffs of Yesnaby and an added-on extra tour of Kirkwall and St Magnus Cathedral was magnificent! Garry was a joy; knowledgable, competent, funny and generous - all of our group of 10 loved him and felt this was our best tour we'd had so far in 11 days of touring Norway and Scotland.

Joanne Duggan

United States
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Tour: #410448, Half Day Guided Tour - Orkney Through the Ages, Orkney Islands, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jul 28/19

We toured with Garry last summer, I should have submitted this sooner! He had a car issue which was out of his control so four of has a much smaller vehicle than we expected. (He has since gotten a brand new one). We were not too pleased but Garry overcame our initial disappointment. He was wonderful, informative, fun and personable and by the end of the day, we all agreed he was one the best guides we used. Highly recommend him!

Georgia Bailey

United States
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Tour: #425920, Orkney 5 day tour, Kirkwall, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jul 16/19

A perfect tour. Garry is knowledgeable, flexible, and thoughtful. He was working on my agenda and had none of his own. I told him I was interested in Neolithic sites, and we spent 4 wonderful days touring the Mainland, Hoy, and Rousey. My neolithic archaelogy cup runneth over, plus we had a unique opportunity to visit Eynhallow. A great hike up to The Old Man of Hoy. a visit to a working barley mill, and other local pleasures like scallops and lobster. Plus Garry is just a great guy and good company.

Monica Wischmeyer

United States
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Tour: Monica W Orkney Tour, Kirkwall, Scotland, United Kingdom
Date: Jul 15/19

Excellent tour! Garry is a very friendly and knowledgeable guide. He was very generous with his time and made our experience in Orkney a memorable one.

Danette D.

United States
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Tour: #425920, Tailor Made Orkney Guided Tour Full Day, Orkney Islands, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jul 7/19

Garry was amazing and bent over backwards to make our tour of Orkney such a wonderful, educational and memorable adventure for my husband an myself. He also took us to a local restaurant where we enjoyed lunch with the flavor with the locals. We could not have been happier with our experience. I would VERY HIGHLY recommend Garry to anyone wanting a very memorable, custom tailored and complete Orkney Experience. It is a wonderous and beautiful place we would come back someday and have him tour us again.

Lewana Shearer

United Kingdom
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Tour: #440960, Lewana 4 to 5 hour tour, Kirkwall, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jul 6/19

We had the best time. I had wanted to see the prehistoric village for a very long time and Garry was the best person to show it to us. Knowledgable and very amiable. It was obvious he was well liked everywhere we went.

Diane A.

United States
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Tour: #440960, Diane Askew Orkney Guided Tour 6 Hours, Orkney Islands, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jul 2/19

From first contact Garry was very responsive. He put together a very nice itinerary for us especially since we were trying to put a lot of visits into a 6 hour tour. What I especially like is that he used a headset when he spoke in the car that came on the speakers so that he could be heard in the back seat. He was knowledgeable and flexible. We made a couple of minor tweaks to our itinerary as we went along.

Rudy Sanabia

United States
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Tour: #410448, Half Day Guided Tour - Orkney Through the Ages, Orkney Islands, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jun 30/19

We had an unbelievable tour with Gary!! He has a great sense of humor and is very knowledgable! We could not believe everything we experienced on this tour, absolutely breathtaking (Stones of Stenness, Yesnaby Cliffs, Italian Chapel, Skara Brae and the list goes on and on)! Thank you so much Gary!

Carol H.

United States
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Tour: #425920, Tailor Made Orkney Guided Tour Full Day, Orkney Islands, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jun 24/19

Garry was most informative and went out of his way to make our day exactly as we wanted. He is passionate about the Orkneys!

Lorretta S.

United States
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Tour: #425920, Rousay full day tour, Orkney Islands, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: May 26/19

Garry's sense of humor was fun and refreshing. As we looked for the 'heeland kews' aka Highland Cows along the roadways, we laughed out loud at his funny stories. We also appreciated the extra efforts to take us to Rousay and being able to experience the archaeological sites that are on the island. Having a 27-year old budding whisky aficionado with us, Garry took extra steps to make sure my son was included and enjoying himself. The two days we spent with Garry were fantastic!

Lorretta S.

United States
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Tour: #425920, Tailor Made Orkney Guided Tour Full Day, Orkney Islands, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: May 25/19

Gary's knowledge of Orkney enhanced the trip immensely. He was prompt, funny, and even kindly took us to the airport on our last day which was above and beyond. We enjoyed our two days with him and he opened our eyes to the vast amount of things we could do when we return someday. Our tour was a mix of whisky and archaeology and Gary made it a perfect blend.

Linda Schallan

United States
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Tour: #410448, Half Day Guided Tour - Orkney Through the Ages, Orkney Islands, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: May 24/19

Garry moved to Orkney when he was 10, and he has a passion for the island and its history. We were fortunate that Garry could accommodate a last-minute request for a 5-hour tour. He was very open and responsive to planning and answering questions by email. He emphasized that the "tour is 100% flexible, it is your day and I am happy to do what you wish." He met us at the airport and asked where we wanted to start. We enjoyed a fascinating tour focused on the mysteries of Orkney's Neolithic past.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind review Linda. It was a great day out and very much glad you enjoyed yourself.

Cathy R.

United States
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Tour: #440960, Cathy Rolfes Tour - 21st May 2019, Orkney Islands, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: May 21/19

My husband and I had booked with Garry in advance of our cruise stop in Kirkwall. He was excellent about responding promptly and we customized an itinerary to fit our interests in both historic and scenic sites. He met us promptly upon arrival and we enjoyed a full day in which we saw everything on our wish list plus a few unexpected extras. Garry was very knowledgeable and professional. He had a low key and flexible style while doing a great job with time management. I would highly recommend Garry.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Cathy for your kind review. I really did enjoy my day with you.

Amy Wallace

Brookeland, 51, United States
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Tour: #410448, Half Day Guided Tour - Orkney Through the Ages, Orkney Islands, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: May 14/19

Excellent tour by a most knowledgeable guide. Garry gave us a wonderful tour of the Neolithic Sites of Orkney(5000 years, what???) Then we went to the coast on a most sunny day and had a view from the cliffs that most will never see. And finally, the Cathedral in town started in the 1100s was brought to life by Garry's knowledge and passion. He was great!!!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Lovely words thank you very much. I very much enjoyed spending my day with you and glad you enjoyed your tour of Orkney.

Ronald Sunker

United States
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Tour: #410448, Half Day Guided Tour - Orkney Through the Ages, Orkney Islands, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: May 5/19

Gary did a great job. He showed the highlights of Orkney and knew his stuff.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind review Ronald. I am glad you enjoyed your time in Orkney.

Harriet Romain

Canada
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Tour: #425920, Harriet Guided Tour Full Day, Kirkwall, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: May 4/19

Gary our tour guide is passionate about his island home. He is very knowledgeable about Orkneys amazing sights and provided us with the great history on each sight visited. He is very personable and interaction with him was enjoyable and he handled our many many many questions in a great manner. We would use him again without hesitation.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Harriet, thank you for your kind review. I am very much glad that you both enjoyed your tour. I really enjoyed my day with both of you. Garry

Patrica (Patti) L White

United States
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Tour: #425920, Tailor Made Orkney Guided Tour Full Day, Orkney Islands, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: May 3/19

I highly recommend Garry as a guide. We spent a day with him. He has lived in Orkney a long time and loves the place. He is thorough, knowledgeable, prompt, professional, flexible, friendly and kind. He took us to the main Neolithic sites and kept the pace just right. You will enjoy your time with Garry and learn a lot. We would go with him again.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind words. I very much enjoyed my day and was very happy to show you around the Orkney Islands.

William Cameron

Halifax, NS, Canada
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Tour: #440960, Tailor Made Orkney Guided Tour 5 Hours, Orkney Islands, Scotland, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Oct 1/18

Garry was outstanding

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Bill Thank you for your kind words, it was a great day and I am glad you enjoyed your time in Orkney. Garry


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