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John Mowat

Language: English, Norwegian

Qualified to guide in: Orkney

Driver guide: No

Available: All year


Phone: 07775766683

Website: N/A


I am a Green Badge, STGA trained, Orkney Step On Tourist Guide, in English and Norwegian.

I live in Kirkwall, where I taught 12 to 18-year-old young people Chemistry, Physics, Science and Technology for most of my working life. I have recently retired from full time work.

I am a SCA / BCU Level 3 kayaking coach with a strong interest in our cliffs, coasts, wildlife and outdoor activities.

As a Nordic Scot, I am happy to share my interest in Orkney’s Scandinavian heritage, archaeology and culture with guests.

Orkney has a wealth of HES and privately run Stone Age sites, including the UNESCO World Heritage status, “Heart of Neolithic Orkney. This includes Skara Brae, the two Stone Circles and  Maeshowe, the 5000 year old Neolithic Burial chamber.

As a Step On Guide, I am happy to join large groups, small groups, or cruise ship groups in their car, minibus, coach, or hired vehicle.

I am happy to organise a day trips to the Orkney Mainland, South Ronaldsay & Burray, including the Churchill Barriers, including the Italian Chapel.

Day trips can include, Skara Brae, the Stone Circles and Scapa Flow, the British naval headquarters in both World Wars 1 and 2.

Guided coastal walks to Mull Head, Marwick Head, Yesnaby or the Brough of Birsay, offer an opportunity to enjoy our cliff and coastal scenery and wildlife.

I also offer guided trips to Islands, such as Hoy, visiting the Old Man of Hoy, or including a full day mountain walk, over Cuilags, if the weather is favourable.

Shorter guided tours of Kirkwall with its 1000 years of history, including St Magnus Cathedral and the palaces or the narrow streets of Stromness, with its strong North American and maritime history. Guided tours of sections of St Magnus Way, a 55 mile / 88 km medieval pilgrim route, are possible.

Trips or Tours can be arranged to suit individual and group needs.

I hold a Scottish, SQA Higher in German and plan to add Guiding in German, to STGA standards, in the near future.

Welcome to Orkney. Velkommen til Orknoyene.

Wilkommen auf den Orkney Inseln.

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