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John Mowat

I live in Kirkwall and  can guide in English and Norwegian.

I taught chemistry, physics and science at Kirkwall Grammar School for thirty six years but have recently retired from teaching.

My interests include history, our Scandinavian heritage, archaeology, photography, kayaking, education , hill and coastal walking and wild life.

 I am interested in our links, both past and present, with Scandinavia, other countries around the North Sea and North America.


I am a step on guide able to join groups in a car, minibus or larger coach.

I can arrange half day or whole day tours, starting from Kirkwall, Stromness, St Margaret’s Hope or elsewhere in Mainland Orkney.

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I am also happy to join you on day trips to Hoy or any of the North Islands.

As a Level 3 BCU Kayaking Coach, I can arrange coastal trips for experienced kayakers (who have their own kayaks and equipment.)

I recently completed a National Qualifications Course in Higher German.


Welcome to Orkney.

Velkommen til Orknoyene.

Willkommen auf den Orkney Inseln.