At Spiritual Orkney, we prefer to give people the time and the space to sense, feel and connect with the sites and the land. We think this is more, well, spiritual.
However, our tours can squeeze in the sites, if that's what you really want ... it's YOUR choice after all, but our 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!
We may be relaxed and entertaining (and enjoy fun and laughter), but we are still professional, courteous and informative.
Helen and Mark are both accredited Scottish Tourist Guides Association Green Badge Guides, authorised to perform tours around Orkney.
Helen has degrees from top British universities in archaeology (University of Winchester BSc (Hons) First Class, University of Southampton MSc with Distinction) and her specialist area of interest is religion and ritual in the prehistoric British Isles.
Mark has a degree from the Open University, is working towards another degree, and has a Cert HE in archaeology (University of Southampton). His specialist areas of interest are prehistoric and Viking archaeology.
Helen has over 10 years experience of teaching archaeology (University of Portsmouth Post-Graduate Certificate of Education). Mark and Helen have both travelled extensively in the British Isles; this means that they know their stuff AND can communicate it in an accessible manner at the right level for YOU.
In addition, since moving to Orkney, Helen has taught evening classes in archaeology, has worked as a steward providing tours at Maeshowe, as an Assistant Custodian at Orkney Museum, and as a relief Custodian at Corrigall and Kirbister Farm Museums & St Magnus Cathedral, plus has facilitated Digging up the Past at the Ness of Brodgar excavation. Helen has also been the editor of the Orkney Archaeology Society's newsletter.
Mark and Helen are both fully insured through the Scottish Tourist Guides Association and available to plan your bespoke tours for you and guide you around the sites of your choice. We can't guarantee that you'll have a site to yourself, but we can advise when the quieter times will be and we are flexible enough to be able to guide you at those times. Plus we can take you to the quieter, secret sacred sites which are off the tourist trails.
Helen is Service Assured trained which provides reassurance about her and Mark's commitment to delivering an excellent level of service at all times (this training is recommended by Visit Scotland).
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Member of the Scottish Tourist Guides Association which is a Member of the World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations (WFTGA) and Member of the European Federation of Tourist Guide Associations (FEG).