Steven is a member of the Scottish and Orkney Tourist Guides Associations and the only qualified Green Badge Driver Tour Guide resident on the Island of Hoy and also trained World Host excellence in customer service.
You will be expertly driven in a comfortable MPV, with plenty of legroom, by Steven, who is MIDAS-qualified (Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme).
He is enthusiastic about all types of tours, whether they be individual, group, bespoke, coach, walking tours or for cruise ships.
He has a wealth of experience and is an expert in his local environment, which will help you achieve a wonderful and memorable day out, taking in all that the beautiful Island of Hoy has to offer which will meet, and likely to exceed, your expectations.
Being a resident on the Island of Hoy and living in the village of Longhope on the shore of Scapa Flow, Steven can give you a unique insight into island life and what its like to live in such a beautiful and remote location.
You will visit sites of outstanding natural beauty and see the wildlife which thrives there.
You will hear accounts of and see the ancient Neolithic, Bronze Age, Viking, Napoleonic, WW1 and WW2 sites on Hoy, and Scapa Flow's magnificent history.
You will be taken to sights and scenes which only a local would know and the casual visitor would easily miss.
Many previous visitors have said that their day on Hoy was the highlight of their holiday in Orkney.
Steven is also employed on a part time basis as assistant custodian at St Magnus' Cathedral, Orkney Museum and Scapa Flow Visitor Centre & Museum.
He can be seen on a very regular basis guiding coach parties on the Orkney Mainland from the many visiting Cruise Liners, or leading walking tours up the hills or around Kirkwall and its sights.
So he will easily be able to expand his knowledge out to the wider picture of Orkney as a whole, giving you accurate pointers on how to make the most of your holiday to these amazing islands.
Previously Steven was in the Army for 24 years, serving in the Royal Engineers. He is now a crew member on the RNLI Longhope Lifeboat, fulfilling the role of one of the boat's Navigators.
Very knowledgeable, great visit, really knows Hoy. Jesse M, Arizona
On behalf of both of us, thanks again for a great tour yesterday round Hoy, Longhope and South Walls or as you affectionately referred to; Wilderness, Wartime and Where we live!
We thoroughly enjoyed our day, despite the bit of rain to start. Your knowledge of the island, the history etc is fabulous. Thanks again for a very interesting day. Lee Inkster, Industry Relationship Manager, VisitScotland - Orkney Office. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hoy is a quite wonderful place. Whoever is responsible for marketing the island to visitors like me somehow hasn't managed to communicate what a great place it is to visit for the day, or more, as a day really isn't enough to see it all.
I can genuinely say that Steven's guided tour of Hoy was simply the best day trip I have ever taken. Now, undoubtedly, Hoy has a lot to do with that, but Steven was an excellent, welcoming, friendly, accommodating, and empathetic guide.
I was terribly excited to watch five Red Throated Divers in a moorland pond, and to see Fulmer chicks being fed on the cliffs in front of the Old Man of Hoy. The piratical Artic Skuas prowling the surface of the choppy sea in hunting pairs and the Great Skuas soaring overhead almost everywhere. Yes, the bird life is thrilling and I am not even much of a birdwatcher.
The natural landscape and the huddles of often characterful homes nesting like birds on the shoreline, or clinging to the slopes, just a backdrop to a traditional way of life and intriguing history, both of which star the sea.
My wife Carol and I, and our friends, had a fantastic day. Steven, thank you. We'll both miss Orkney. Mark B, Royal Tunbridge Wells
I was delighted with my day touring Hoy, and all the new impressions I gained, but in common with all the other places visited there was nowhere enough time to devote to so many interesting sites and topics. Thus, I am looking forward to returning to Orkney Islands as soon as I can. Nella R, Edinburgh
We both enjoyed it very much. Steve, our guide, had planned it with thought and also tried to accommodate the preferences and interests of the four of us on the tour. The tour was also very balanced---a nature walk along the cliff, a chance to visit the lifeboat, learn about their program and meet the coxswain of the boat, to see the school, the church and learn about life on the island, etc.
He was very knowledgeable about the islands sights, nature and history, especially its crucial role during WWI and II. He was also especially good at answering questions. We were not rushed, however, if someone is a real history buff then they could spend a whole afternoon in the Scapa Flow museum all by itself.
We are both happy to recommend this tour. E&J, Austria
By joining Steve's Maxi tour we saw many interesting places across the whole island. We were very impressed with Steve's local knowledge of Hoy and the rest of Orkney. We found the naval history fascinating and learned a lot.The walk along the coast showed us many interesting geological features and some nesting birds. We were privileged to share Steve's passion for the R.N.L.I. and really enjoyed our visit to the Longhope lifeboat museum and especially the current lifeboat. We would really recommend this tour as the best way of seeing Hoy in a day.
Thanks for a great day out. Graham and Pat, Birmingham
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