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Helen K Woodsford-Dean

Hello, my name is Helen Woodsford-Dean and I would love to show you around Orkney, my home since 2009 and the inspirational source of many of my published articles.


When guiding, I try to offer my guests the time and the space to really sense, feel and connect with the sites and the land.  I think it's better to have a couple of genuine experiences rather than dozens of superficial ones.

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Plus I can take you to the quieter, secret sacred sites which are off the main tourist trails.  I think this is more, well, spiritual, which is why I call my tours: “Spiritual Orkney”.


However, my tours can squeeze in the sites, if that's what you really want ... it's YOUR choice after all, but my philosophy is: you're on holiday, island life is relaxed, why not relax into our pace too?  You'll enjoy it more ... and you can always come back to Orkney again in future!


I may be relaxed and entertaining (and enjoy fun and laughter), but I am still professional, courteous and informative.  I am an accredited Scottish Tourist Guides Association Green Badge Guide, authorised to perform tours around Orkney.  I have degrees from top British universities in archaeology (University of Winchester BSc (Hons) First Class, University of Southampton MSc with Distinction) and my specialist area of interest is religion and ritual in the prehistoric British Isles.  I have over 10 years experience of teaching archaeology in Further Education (University of Portsmouth Post-Graduate Certificate of Education) and I have travelled extensively in the British Isles; this means that I know my stuff and I can communicate it in an accessible manner at the right level for you.


I am available to plan your bespoke tours for you and guide you around the sites of your choice.  I can't guarantee that you'll have a site to yourself, but I can advise when the quieter times will be and I am flexible enough to be able to guide you at those times.  I look forward to meeting you and to sharing with you these gorgeously beautiful islands.




Lectures / talks on various aspects of archaeology – illustrated with PowerPoint


Itinerary planning


Life rituals (I am a celebrant, able to perform legal weddings)

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Phone: 01856 761133