Orkney Highlights Tours - Chris Matthews

Orkney Highlights Tours - Chris Matthews

Orkney Highlights Tours - Chris Matthews
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Bespoke driver guided tours of the highlights of Orkney and the North Highlands of Scotland in my comfortable 8 passenger vehicle. Step on guiding on your coach if your prefer.
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Kirkwall, Scotland
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Pauline H
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Solo
Just spent 3vdays touring with this company. Our guide Chris Matthews was excellent, gng the extra mile for us. He struck the right balance between being informative, answering our many questions, but also entertaining us with local antedotes. I would throughly recommend this Local company *****
Written 3 July 2021
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Thank you Pauline, I had a good time guiding with you and the rest of the group. it was fun to get back to it!
Written 11 July 2021
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Steve H
York, UK7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
After some searching for group tours I got recommended Orkney Highlights run by Chris Matthews. We opted for a personal tour. He researched what we wanted to see got the tickets and gave us an itinerary, he also added some extra bits. So fingers crossed it was going to work out.

He couldn't get tickets for Maeshowe but took us there anyway 30 mins before the first tour and put us on the waiting list and we got on the first tour of the day. He is very knowledgeable and knows the system. He is your guide at the sites (except Maeshowe) and if it was busy could guide us through to the best bits.

We did alot, but never felt rushed. He knows Orkney, the people, and how it ticks. An excellent local guide who is easy going and relaxed.

We had a excellent day

I've no hesitation in recommending him.
Written 2 June 2022
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Thank you Steve for your kind words. I certainly enjoyed my day with you both and it was a definite bonus that we managed to get you into Maeshowe!
Written 19 June 2022
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James A
Weston super Mare, UK8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Family
We had a fantastic tour with Chris who took us to many of the local highlights of Orkney including the Italian Chapel which showed the amazing ingenuity of the Italian POW’s during WW2, Skara Brae which was incredible and the Gloup a collapsed sea cave to name just three of the places we visited with this very friendly, knowledgable and funny tour guide. Chris made the whole day very enjoyable and engaged both the adults and children (11 and 13) in the group. He also ensured we visited several beautiful beaches as we had requested so we could run our dogs during the tour. Finding a dog friendly tour guide was an absolute bonus for us as we couldn’t leave them in our holiday cottage. We also had lovely lunch at the Sands Hotel on Burray and as Chris was so great we bought his meal for him.
Written 27 December 2021
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Thank you for your kind review. It was a pleasure to show you and your family some of the highlights of Orkney and your two dogs were great fun. Thank you also for my lunch! The food is always great at the Sands Hotel.
Written 28 December 2021
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Bram Q
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
The tour with Chris was set up very well. He told all the (hi)stories with pasion and humor. As Chris is someone who lives in Orkney for a long time, he knew everything about the beautiful island and made us part of it during the tour. It was just a very wonderful day!
Written 30 July 2022
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I'm delighted to read that you enjoyed your day. You are correct, I am passionate about telling the stories of Orkney. Thank you.
Written 29 December 2022
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Mira V
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Chris is a brilliant, enthusiastic guide with an incredible amount of knowledge, spiced with a good sense of humour. The sides we visited were beautiful and carefully selected. Chris was very flexible and was able to adapt perfectly to the wishes of every person in our group.
Written 13 February 2022
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Hello Mira, thank you so much for your kind review. I certainly had a lot of fun guiding with your group even thought the weather was spectacularly awful some of the time! Best wishes - Chris
Written 16 February 2022
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Sharon H
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Chris was more than a tour guide! By the end of the trip you felt like he was a friend. This was not just a tour of historic sites, this was a personal tour. You could tell Chris had a love for this island and wanted to share that with us. He made the tour so interesting, I would really love to go back to Orkney and spend more time. He pointed out sites of local interest, wildlife (even stopping to allow us to watch the wildlife), informing us of local customs, answering questions of all sorts without hesitation and being extremely patient with tourist who wanted to take many pictures. Chris provided us with maps so that we could keep up with where we were at all times. His van was spacious, comfortable and clean. I would highly recommend booking Chris for a tour, you will not regret it!
Written 20 June 2023
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Wow! Thank you so much for your kind review. Taking people around Orkney and realising they want to visit again gives me real pleasure. Thanks. Chris
Written 23 June 2023
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Ed Rothberg
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
Chris provided a great tour of the Orkney ancient archeological sites with substantial background information to place everything in context. Our tour was supposed to be 4 hours. Chris extended it by 90 minutes for no additional charge. He is a pleasure. Well worth the cost.
Written 19 May 2022
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Thank you Ed, it was a great to tour with you and Ellen, even though it was kind of a cold day. I don't usually add on as much as 90 minutes, but neither do I clock watch, unless you have a ship or plane to catch! The main thing is that we got to see all of the things you wanted to. Thank you you for touring with me, it was a pleasure.
Written 23 May 2022
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Dewi H
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
This was a fun and well-informed guide to this wild and ancient of islands. I'd been longing to visit Skara Brae and the Ring of Brodgar, and Chris did not disappoint. Would thoroughly recommend him as a tour guide.
Here's to heading back in the near future!
Written 20 February 2022
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Thank you very much for your kind review. I'll look forward to meeting up with you again, hopefully in better weather! Chris
Written 21 February 2022
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Lisa B
Ashburn, VA128 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
Chris Matthews is a brilliant guide. Being local, but living in and around the UK, he gives great insights to the history and culture of the Orkney Isles. We were a group of three, so this was a relaxed and very detailed tour. We saw lots of animals( hairy pigs and coos, seals and birds) in addition to the tour stops listed . I can not recommend him highly enough. Thank you for a great day, that started in heavy fog!
Written 29 June 2024
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Jane2008
Atlanta151 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Our group of 6 adults had a wonderful tour with Chris Matthews. It was a full day, 8 hour tour, in a comfortable van. Chris met us at the Kirkwall Port on time and showed all most interesting sights at Orkney, including Italian Chapel, Cathedral, Earls Bu, Skara Brae via Skapa Flow Route and many Neolithic sites as well. He even included a stop at beautiful Yesnaby Cliffs per our request. Chris is a knowledgeable and professional tour guide, and is easy to understand. He made our day with him very interesting and memorable. If we ever have another cruise that would stop in Kirkwall/Orkney islands, we would be happy to have another tour with Chris!
Written 31 July 2023
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Thank you very much for your kind words. I enjoyed our time together, the walk at Yesnaby certainly stretched our legs and I'm sure gave us all plenty of fresh air!
Written 28 August 2023
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