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Great Orkney Tours

Tankerness, United Kingdom
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About Great Orkney Tours
My name is Jean Ross a fully qualified Orcadian tourist guide. I have lived in Orkney all my life so can tell you all about living and growing up in these island. Our history goes back nearly 9,000 years, Archaeology, Iron Age, Vikings, Earls, Lairds and modern day lives. My tours are private, Your intinerary, your tour, your time, your guide with no one else to consider but yourself.
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Autolysej wrote a review Aug 2020
Las Vegas, Nevada25 contributions11 helpful votes
Jean spent a lot of time making sure she customized a tour specifically for our interests. She made sure we would have a memorable experience. If Covi had only not gotten in the way....
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Alan S wrote a review Sep 2019
Memphis, Tennessee21 contributions3 helpful votes
My wife Leslie and I booked Jean Ross for two days of private touring in Orkney. We had asked for an emphasis on Neolithic and Viking archaeological sites on one day and on nature and wildlife the other, but otherwise left the details up to her. Jean planned everything exceptionally well, and was a friendly,, amusing, and extremely informative guide. One thing that we didn’t plan for as well as we might have was the weather -- which, although it cleared up as the day progressed, was rather wet and windy when we started out on both days. Luckily, Jean had a couple of spare pairs of waterproof trousers which she graciously lent us! We had a wonderful time both days, and would recommend Great Orkney Tours to anyone.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Response from Jean R, Owner at Great Orkney Tours
Responded 18 Sep 2019
Thank you so much for leaving such lovely review. It was a pleasure meeting you both and showing you around, there's nothing like a laugh to keep life fun. I am so glad you enjoyed your days with me and thank you for recommending me as a guide. Thank you again. Best wishes Jean
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Angela wrote a review Aug 2019
Meridian, Idaho6 contributions
We booked online and communicated via email. Jean replied promptly and was very accommodating. She picked the 6 of us up in a nice van and took us to the major sites on the main Island. She is very knowledgeable and shared many stories about growing up on the island. We enjoyed spending the day with her! Thank you Jean, we hope to see you again sometime in the future!
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Response from Jean R, Owner at Great Orkney Tours
Responded 13 Aug 2019
Thank you so much for leaving a lovely review. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting you all and showing you around and very pleased you enjoyed you day with me so much. It would be lovely to see you again and have a cuppa. Best wishes Jean
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MMfromAustin wrote a review Aug 2019
Austin, Texas45 contributions48 helpful votes
Made booking with Jean several months ago via email when in US. Don’t wait as she gets booked up early. She picked us up at Kirkwall hotel in nice van seating up to eight - with bottles of water. We toured from 9:00am to just after 5:00pm and seemingly covered everything. Lunch was at local craft brewery. Recommend her highly.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Response from Jean R, Owner at Great Orkney Tours
Responded 13 Aug 2019
Thank you for taking the time to leave a lovely review. I'm so pleased you enjoyed your day with me so much. It was lovely meeting you and showing you around. Lunch at the Orkney brewery is lovely, great place to stop and enjoy the local food and drink. Thank you again Best wishes Jean
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JUJinPNW wrote a review Aug 2019
Seattle, Washington19 contributions9 helpful votes
At 8:00 AM we began our very full day with Jean Ross from Great Orkney Tours. It was s great decision to connect with this very knowledgeable local guide - a native Orkadian - who provided transportation all around the Island and access to a wide array of Neolithic sites. Certified by a tourism program at the Orkney campus of the University of the Highlands and Islands, Jean really was a font of the latest info on archaeological activities. She also showed us many stunning landscapes, explained that Orkney was not Scottish in language and culture, and shared lots about the community history. We visited 7 sites, including one active excavation, and Jean was expert at determining how best to avoid crowds, especially tour buses. Throughout the day, Jean and other guides and displays gave us detailed narratives on the current thinking and suppositions about the functions of sites and monuments. It was good to hear repeatedly that the old canards about “primitive prehistoric people” had been replaced with recognition of immense skills. From Jean we got that Orkadians take enormous pride in and have exerted protective care of this history, as well as the Norse heritage which still shapes their identity - not Scottish. It was an extraordinary day.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Response from Jean R, Owner at Great Orkney Tours
Responded 13 Aug 2019
Thank you for leaving such a lovely review, I enjoyed meeting you and showing around Orkney. Our archaeological sites are second to none really, so much to see in Orkney and yes Neolithic man was very skilled. I'm so pleased you go so much out of your day with me. Thank you again Jean
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