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Explore the beautiful archipelago of Orkney and the mysterious Northern Highlands of Scotland with Orkney Highlights Tours.

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My biography - Chris Matthews

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I’m a Green Badge Guide, qualified as a regional specialist for both Orkney and the North Highlands of Scotland by the Scottish Tourist Guide Association. I am a member of the Orkney Tourist Guide Association and the Highlands of Scotland Tour Guide Association.

I have lived in Orkney for over 40 years getting very involved in many aspects of community life whilst and bringing up my four children here. I worked in environmental protection before changing direction and deciding to become a guide. I’m ideally placed to offer you tours of our beautiful and historic islands.

I own my own fully licenced and insured car, which comfortably seats four adults and two children. During your tour I’ll regale you with tales and anecdotes from the islands, giving you an insight into Orkney’s history and culture. You’ll see our stunning landscape and wildlife along the way and we may also sample the local cuisine. I’m happy to join you in your own car or coach if that’s your preference. 

Let me share my love of the islands with you.

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Tour Packages

I have many flexible packages to suit your personal requirements. Be you a lone traveller looking to soak up the peace and grab that perfect Insta' photo, a budding archaeologist or a boisterous family I can build you a tour to suits all your needs.  We will discuss and tweak your itinerary until you are happy. If you wish I can book all tickets and food stops in advance so you really have nothing to worry about. Whichever option you choose you'll be sure to explore the highlights with me and have some fun along the way!


Experience Special - Full or Half Day

Tours can include Skara Brae, the Ring of Brodgar, the Standing Stones of Stenness, a Neolithic burial chamber, Scapa Flow the Italian Chapel including the Churchill Barriers and of course many scenic views around Orkney.


Orkney Highlights Tours can include

  • Neolithic World Heritage Sites

  • Orkney at War

  • Handcrafted Highlights

  • Local Food and Drink

  • Best of Viking and Iron Age

  • Heavenly Highlights

  • Tours made just for you.

Further information can be found on my facebook page.​

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I thoroughly enjoyed my tour of Kirkwall with Chris. His ability to weave his local knowledge into a tale of entertainment is refreshing. Stephen Hoskins, Visitor 2019

We had the privilege of having a FAB tour guide. Chris Matthews, very knowledgeable and friendly. Highly recommended to look him up if you're thinking of a trip to Orkney! Fiona S Paterson, Visitor 2021

Chris brought the island and its history alive with his informative and entertaining tour. He held everyone’s attention despite the four seasons in a day weather we experienced. So thank you Chris for a comprehensive day tour of the island, packed with sagas cleverly woven into the ancient historical context. Mike Morrison, Visitor 2022

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