Access to Tour Guiding in Orkney

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Are you up to the challenge?

Access to Tour Guiding in Orkney

The need for step-on guides on cruise ship tours has become apparent for the 2023 season, and this intensive 8-week training course seeks to address that issue.

Your requirements:

There will be a large time commitment required from you over the course of the programme, not only the in-person training, but also from self-study. 

  • You must be computer literate enough to be able to access the online resources. You do not need to own a computer as you may use Orkney College systems.
  • £75.00
  • You will be invoiced by Orkney Islands Council after the commencement of your studies.


The course covers:

  • All practical sessions with professional and experienced guides on site and in a bus.
  • Mentoring time to support you during the course.
  • Demonstration coach tour(s).
  • Access to extensive course materials online via a Virtual Learning Environment.


There will be a single introductory evening session to those who have signed up on Wednesday 29th March to introduce the course and explain the systems involved.  In-person tour guide training will be all dayeach Saturday (noted below) from 1st of April to the 27th of May, with the exception of Saturday 8th April (Easter weekend).

Calendar of dates with every Saturday in April and May highlighted


This course runs over 8 weekends between 1st April – 27th May.   You will be coached in tour guiding skills and etiquette in a minibus and on a site on a single – but lengthy – route.  You will be given access to considerable training resources online.  You will be invited to a dedicated Facebook group which will become your community into the future.   You will be given access to extensive information via a Google map into the foreseeable future.


There is no exam, you will be continually assessed throughout your training.

Expressions of Interest:

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Places are limited.  If you decide to sign up, you will be asked to enrol via online systems.  We can help you with that. 


You will gain a Workplace Core Skill – Numeracy at SCQF5.  The credit from this course is fully transferrable to other FE and HE courses within Scotland.