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''As a fairly metropolitan couple used to being lectured to, my husband and I were expecting a standard professional guide for our day visiting the World Heritage sites. What we experienced with Pat as our guide far exceeded our expectations. Pat was not only extremely knowledgeable about the archaeological sites and refreshingly up to date with her information, but her friendly, down-to-earth manner, her local know how and her infectious enthusiasm ensured a most memorable day. From the moment she picked us up in her smart, comfortable people carrier to the late afternoon drop-off at our hotel we learnt a great deal, had a delicious lunch, realised just how much more there is to see and do on Orkney and the other islands, and most importantly, we had fun. Any wide-ranging questions about Orkney were answered with ease and one day didn't seem long enough to mine her deep well of information. If only every place had an ambassador like Pat. Our appetite for the islands whetted, we are returning next time for a fortnight''.

 

''We visited Orkney as part of our honeymoon, and our one-day tour with Pat was the absolutely perfect introduction to the archipelago. Pat put together an itinerary that covered some of the major prehistoric sites on Mainland, including (among others) Maes Howe, the Ring of Brodgar and Skara Brae. She was hugely knowledgeable about all of them, passing on information about various archaeological theories and historical context, as well as giving us a really interesting idea of modern life on the island. She was also very, very friendly, taking an interest in us and giving us plenty of recommendations for other places to visit during our trip — and some excellent places to eat — and following up by sending us some links to websites about things we had shown an interest in. It was truly a pleasure to drive around with Pat and learn about Orkney, and we will certainly be booking another tour if (when!) we return''.

 

''My son and I had a limited amount of time available to visit the parish of his ancestors (early 1800's) in Harray so we contacted Pat --- to provide us a one day customized tour in her comfortable vehicle. Based on the limited family history we were able to provide, Pat managed to put together a remarkable, jam-packed one-day tour that integrated both aspects of family history and the rich archaeological treasures of the region. Pat went so far as to approach individuals at farms of interest to us and gain access to the properties for us to photograph some of the original buildings. For our tour she included a visit to the Corrigall farm museum which offers a glimpse of life in Harray in the a late 1800's. This, combined with the archaeological sites at the Ring of Brodgar and Skara Brae, a brief trip to the Museum at Stromness, and capped by a drop of the finest at Highland Park made for a most memorable day for us both. Pat's exceptional local knowledge and enthusiasm was in evidence throughout''.

 

''I had booked a tour with Pat for four of us - My Husband, Son , Friend and Myself. We required transport to be as close to the ship as possible as my Son is unable to walk very far. Pat was very welcoming and took us straight to Kirkwall where she stopped at St. Magnus Cathedral and gave as much time as we wanted and gave us a very informative history of the building. She then showed us to the little shops opposite where Leroy (my husband) purchased a bottle of Highland Park Whisky and some local cheeses and oatmeal biscuits. Very scrummy when consumed later in the day !! Her 'people carrier' was most comfortable as we proceeded to our next stop. On the way, Pat appeared to know all the locals and places of interest to visit which later that evening when talking to other passengers on our ship had not seen half the places of interest that Pat was able to show us. We visited the Italian Chapel which the Prisoners of War adorned with Trompe l’oeuil  art work also the Churchill barriers at Scapa Flow which were constructed for War defence. We continued around the whole island ending up for a cup of tea and very unusual beetroot cake at the Birsay Bay Tearoom - Bob was a friend of Pats. We also purchased some of his delicious homemade jam. Our four hour trip was worth every penny, if not more and was definitely thanks to Pat the best day of our holiday. She had even organised good weather. We would recommend her professionalism and warm and friendly manner to anyone wishing to take a tour of the Orkney Islands''.

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