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Recommended Tours

Why Red’s Orkney Tours?

Customisable Tours

Select from one of the suggested tours, or tell me what you would like to see. I’m happy for you to contact me to discuss your exact requirements.

Local Knowledge

I have lived in Orkney since I was four, so I have a whole lifetime of local knowledge to share with you. 

Fully Qualified Tour Guide

I am a fully qualified Scotttish Tourist Guide Association (STGA) green badge guide. 

Wide Range of Services

I have a selection of tour suggestions listed, or you can choose your own. I have my own Mercedes minibus which can carry up to 8 passengers, or if you are feeling a bit more adventurous, I can accompany you on a bike tour (I can arrange hire) or walking or hiking. 

Tour Types

I can pick you up from a location of your choice, hotel B&B, airport or ferry terminal. I have a brand new 9 seat Mercedes mini bus, which has all of the comforts that you would expect. I can take you anywhere that you want to go, or you could select one of my suggested tours. I would also be happy to speak to you to offer advice and suggestions that would suit you best and help you to make the most of your time in Orkney. 

There are many places to go hiking, depending on your personal requirements and ability. Anything from a trip across the tidal causeway to the Broch of Birsay, with the chance of seeing some Puffins if you arrive at the right time of year (May to early August) to a full days hiking to the highest point on Orkney, Ward Hill on the island of Hoy. This would involve a short boat trip from Stromness to North Hoy and about 4 hours of tough hiking, but the view at the top is spectacular! 

As a keen cyclist, I would be delighted to take you on a tour around Kirkwall, or any of the sites we have to offer. The type of tour would depend on your cycling experience, and how far you would like to go. You can start with an easy tour of Kirkwall and a view of Scapa Flow, right up to a full days cycling taking in all of the sites included in the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage sites – plus coffee and cake!

Some of the islands are very accessible for a half or a full day trip, and each island is totally unique and offers something different.

Orkney is blessed with some of the best quality farm land and is surrounded by the bountiful sea, which means that this is a great place to come and sample the quality local food and drink we have on offer. Orkney is famous for beef and North Ronaldsay lamb, as well as sea food including lobster and scallops. There are a variety of different places to enjoy our local produce, from cafes to fine dining restaurants. Orkney also has a wide range of drinks available, with the two famous whisky distilleries of Highland Park and Scapa. There are also three gin distilleries, a wine producer and two local breweries. Tours can be arranged for a visit and a sample (or two!)

What Do Our Customers Say?

  • Although this was my third time in Orkney I was delighted  to have the chance of taking a tour with David as the guide. I appreciated his historical expertise, pleasant nature, careful driving and the scenic stops. He was open to changes and suggested routes.
    I do not hesitate in recommending David Hamilton as your private guide and driver whilst on the islands.

  • The tour David (“Red”) gave us today was highly interesting and funny at the same time. His knowledge about the historical sites and Orkney in general is remarkable.
    We could say what we had already seen and what not, so he took us to all those amazing places we hadn’t visited yet. Due to this, boring moments were avoided. We had some great chat and learnt so many new things.
    David is lovely and I can’t list any negative aspect of the tour, as it was nearly “made to order” for us. I’d highly recommend “Red’s Orkney Tours”!

    Franca Fellman
  • We had a wonderfull day today! The tour was really interesting, informative, full of fascinating facts and FUN! We we’re lucky enough to have nice weather, but with his friendliness he would brighten up every tour! Anyone visiting would miss out if they didn’t tour with red!

    Lydia Fäs