OUR TEAM

Steven Rhodes

Steven is a member of the Scottish and Orkney Tourist Guides Associations and a World Host for excellence in customer service.

He founded Island Tours of Hoy in 2014.   He is very enthusiastic about all types of tours, whether they be individual, group, bespoke, coach, walking tours or for cruise ships.   He is passionate about hill and coastal walks, loves to pass on navigation skills and tell local stories along the way.

  

He has a wealth of experience and is an expert in his local environment and island history, which will help you achieve a fun, interesting and memorable day out.   We’ll take in all that the beautiful Island of Hoy has to offer which will meet, and likely to exceed, your expectations.

Jo Jones

Jo Jones is our partner on the Orkney Mainland, and often leads tours on the Island of Hoy too. So we are able to offer seamless Mainland and Island tours.

 

She is a World Host and an accredited STGA (Scottish Tourist Guides Association) Green Badge Guide for Orkney and is qualified and insured to guide in English and French. She also has a working knowledge of German.

 

She has been privileged to live and work in Orkney on and off since 1979, including teaching in North Walls School, and has been told by native Orcadians that she is an “Honorary Orcadian”. She has a passion for Orkney and loves to share that love with others.

 

She is a regular visitor to Hoy,  she loves to lead tours there as it is her favourite of all the Islands in Orkney.

Ron Bulmer

Ron has had a long association with Orkney, and has lived and worked on Hoy for over 10 years. His experience as a qualified teacher and a lifelong passion for the outdoors, have all conspired to provide an invaluable insight into the fascinating island that is Hoy.

 

There are few places that are as rich in archaeology, has links to Viking Sagas, a unique landscape within a unique landscape - not to forget some outstanding flora and fauna. Ron is looking forward to meeting you, and lifting the lid on this truly amazing island.

Douglas Edgar

A warm  welcome  to the 'high island', the island of Hoy, join Dougie (pronounced Doogie) for a walk to the Old Man of Hoy, with breathtaking cliff walks and views, or other wilderness walks.  Enjoy a picnic by Rackwick beach, watch the sea eagles, investigate a 5000 year old tomb, just for starters!


Share his passion for this island's long and varied history, share ancient folk stories, be amazed at what you see, and achieve, in just a short visit.   

Dougie has family connections which date back through generations.   His detailed knowledge of the social history of the island is fascinating, sometimes sad, sometimes hilarious.

He looks forward to sharing an adventure with you and welcoming you to his home island.   

Kim Dobrzynski

Kim has lived on Hoy for 3 years now and loves every aspect of Island life. She has a passion for the nature and the history of the Island, from the legacy left by WWI & II to the excitement of seeing the first White Tailed Eagle chicks hatched in almost 150 years. She bought an old WW1 Royal Engineers army hut and has spent the last three years renovating it with her husband. Kim is looking forward to meeting you and to share this beautiful island that she now calls home.