Are you thinking about a trip to Orkney?

I’m Marlene, native Orcadian and STGA qualified Green Badge tour guide for this area.
I’m born & raised here in Orkney, with a fount of local knowledge and a real love for my home islands.

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Come on a tour with me!


Orkney is a wonderful place to visit at any time of year. In the Summer we have long days with almost 24 hours of daylight so you can be out sightseeing till midnight if you choose. And in the Winter, short days, spectacular storms, clear starry skies, a chance to see the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) and to settle by an open fire with a glass of our local Whisky or Beer before a meal at one of our many fabulous pubs or restaurants.

There is so much to see and do here, history covering over 5000 years of continuous occupation, from the Stone Age, Iron Age & Bronze Age, to the Vikings, and to modern day, with touches of Wartime History, Tales of Cruel Earls & Shipwrecks throughout the ages.

We have amazing birdlife, scenery to take your breath away, nature by the bucketload. Crystal clear skies and pure light will give you some of the best photographs and memories you have ever had.


  • Southern Odyssey

    A Drive through Agricultural scenery down to the pretty village of St Margarets Hope via the famous Churchill Barriers and the amazing Italian Chapel. Time for a coffee & shopping break in the village.

  • Country & Western

    From Kirkwall out to the Neolithic Heart of Orkney, Calling at the Standing Stones of Stenness, Ring of Brodgar and finishing up at Skara Brae our original neolithic village by the shores of Skaill bay. Have a coffee at the visitor centre or dip your toes into the Atlantic Ocean at the white sandy beach.

  • Western Explorer

    A panoramic tour around our West Mainland, around the north & west coast lines of Orkney, returning via Scapa Flow where our wartime history is strongest.

  • Orkney Food & drink

    A tour of one of our two distillaries, The Orkney Brewery, and to one or two of our artisan food producers – depending on length of tour.

  • Orkney Farm Tour

    A tour to some local farms, pedigree, commercial beef or dairy units, with visits to local agricultural businesses. Let me know what you’re interested in.

    Ask Marlene!

Or book a tour of your own choice. Tell me what you like and I will find it for you!
Entrance fees to sites may be payable above cost of tours, contact me for prices.

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Contact Marlene to book your Orkney tours



Marlene Thomson

East Massater
Windwick, Orkney
KW17 2RN

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  • STGA qualified Green Badge tour guide

    Scottish Tourist Guides Association

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I am a driver guide with a comfortable minibus which can carry eight guests, I can also hire bigger vehicles up to 50 seats if necessary. I am also happy to work as a step on guide and join you in your car or coach. If you’re here on business for a day and have a few hours to look around, I can plan you a route and show you the sights you want to see, saving you time and from concentrating on a map. I know the best places to eat and where to find our local delicacies… even the best ice cream shops on route!

Tours start from 4 hours up to 8 hours daily, and I can either make up a tour with you to suit your interests & abilities, Or you can take one of my set tours just to give you a feel for Orkney and its people. I can entertain and enlighten you as we drive through My Orkney.



Book your Orkney tours with Marlene