COVID-19 update, June 2021:

We are gradually starting up activities again, with Viking Feast on the Beach commencing from mid-June. See Eventbrite for dates.

Selection of Neolotic carved stone objects by Chris Gee

Chris Gee Brodgar carved decorated stone in colourChris Gee Brodgar carved decorated stone in colour
Artistic replica of lost Carved Stone Ball from Orphir by Christopher Gee

Guided tours of Orkney

Guided tours of Orkney. Private tour or group tour. Ragnhild Ljosland, Orkney tourist guide.

Thinking of visiting Orkney? Why not try a guided tour with Ragnhild. As I am fitting tourist guiding around my main academic job, I am unable at the moment to take private bookings (except Norwegian visitors). However, you can book a space on one of my evening walking tours of Kirkwall, or a Viking Feast on the Beach. See Eventbrite for dates and further details.

For norske grupper: Vil du oppleve Orknøyene? Ragnhild blir gjerne med som din guide. Enten du kommer alene, med din kjære, som en familie, vennegjeng eller gruppe, er du hjertelig velkommen. Spesialiteter: Vandring i den fantastiske Orknøyske naturen, folketro og eventyr, den arkeologiske arven, vikingtid og den norrøne kulturen fra den tida Orknøyene var del av det norske riket, Orknøyenes litteratur, språk og kultur, pilgrimsvandring med Sankt Magnus. Ragnhild er den eneste fastboende guiden på Orknøyene med norsk som morsmål. Bli med på en skreddersydd omvisning eller meld deg på en tidsreise. Min tilgjengelighet avhenger av jobb og hvorvidt jeg er bortreist eller ikke, men ta gjerne kontakt for å se om vi kan avtale noe som passer både for dere og meg.

Timetravel - Viking Feast on the Beach

Viking Feast on the Beach / Viking Voyage to Hoy. Orkney Time Travel

Jump on the time machine and go back to the Viking Age, Middle Ages or the Victorian era!

Time travel  is a hands-on experience of the past, and fun for the whole family.

Our most popular time travel tours are the Viking Feast on the Beach and Viking Voyage to Hoy, where you visit Orkney’s Viking past, cook over open fire on the beach, and try your hand at Viking crafts and skills. Check our events calendar to find out when they run this summer.

Artwork & Stone Sculpture

Selection of carved stone balls by Chris Gee, photographed at the Ring of Brodgar, Orkney, 2017.

Combining a thorough knowledge of Orkney’s archaeology with a skilled hand and eye for aesthetics, Christopher’s Neolithic stone sculptures are wonderful to behold and touch. Carved stone balls, geometric patterns, smooth polished stone axes and mace heads, all sculpted from stone found locally in Orkney using stone age tools and techniques.

The Georgian Hoose

The Georgian House, 83 Victoria Street, Kirkwall.

The Georgian Hoose self-catering holiday accommodation on Kirkwall’s Victoria Street is open from 28th June 2021.

The Georgian Hoose is a beautiful period town house dating to the early 1800s. Once owned by the proprietor of Highland Park whisky distillery, the house has a rich history, and many of its original features are still intact. It is situated in the historic town centre of Kirkwall and has a large walled garden.

Delight in the past discovery blog

A busy day with lots of fun for Chris at his stone tools table. Ness of Brodgar Open Day, 20 August 2017.

A saying goes that if you scratch Orkney’s surface, it bleeds archaeology. We like to go off the beaten track and discover the hidden traces of the near and distant past. We traipse through heather, trek up hills, balance along cliff edges, and sieve through sand to discover more. We photograph, think and write, but never take or destroy any of what we see. In this blog, you can share in these discoveries.

Orkney Viking Week

9th – 19th Septermber 2021

This will be a week packed with learning and fun, practical workshops and outings. Find out all about life in Viking Orkney. New events are being added to the programme all the time, which so far includes guided tours, academic talks, meet the author, falconry, Viking sheep, living history, and of course a Viking Feast on the Beach!