Steven Heddle

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My name is Steven Heddle and I am a qualified Green Badge Guide accredited by the Scottish Tourist Guides Association.

I work as a ‘step-on guide’, meaning that I will guide you in your own vehicle or hired vehicle, or lead you on a walking tour.

I am from Kirkwall and studied Physics at Aberdeen and Edinburgh Universities, gaining a BSc and PhD. After working in R&D, I returned to Orkney in 1999 and established a consultancy business. 

I am passionate about my home islands, in terms of both their history and future. As leader of Orkney Islands Council from 2012 to 2017 I shared the 2013 Herald Local Politician of the Year Award and 2014 Scottish Public Service Award for Leadership, for my work on the Our Islands Our Future initiative to empower Scotland's island groups.  I remain active in local politics and was appointed CoSLA Spokesperson for the Environment and Economy in May 2017, representing local government at a national level.

Through this work I have an extensive appreciation and knowledge of the islands, and enjoy sharing this with friends and visitors. Our archaeology, Viking heritage and central role in events of both World Wars means there is much to tell and much to see, well worth reflecting on at the end of a day with fine locally produced food and drink.

I'm a keen cyclist, and help organise the annual Orkney Rock Festival- one of the many festivals that take place throughout the year and make Orkney such a vibrant place to live, and to visit.
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Services

  • Coach Tour
  • Walking Tour

Additional Information

  • Guide Type: Green Badge
  • Year Qualified: 2019
  • Tour starting points

    • Orkney
  • Qualifications

    STGA Green Badge Guide - Orkney
    BSc(Hons) Physics - Aberdeen University, 1987
    PhD Physics - Edinburgh University, 1993
    Member of the Institute of Physics
    Chartered Physicist
  • Tours

    Step-on guide - guiding on a coach or guest vehicle.
    Walking tours

Clients' Testimonials

  • The Scottish Government is delighted to endorse the work of the Scottish Tourist Guides Association in recognition of their worldwide reputation and quality work and training. I commend the passion and knowledge they bring to guiding and congratulate them on continuing to set the standard in this area.

  • VisitScotland is delighted to recognise the Scottish Tourist Guides Association as the professional membership body for fully trained and accredited tourist guides in Scotland. STGA accredited guides are passionate ambassadors for Scotland and in providing our visitors with information and inspiration, help deliver a memorable experience for them.

  • VisitScotland is delighted to recognise the Scottish Tourist Guides Association as the professional membership body for fully trained and accredited tourist guides in Scotland. STGA accredited guides are passionate ambassadors for Scotland and in providing our visitors with information and inspiration, help deliver a memorable experience for them.

  • Fergus Ewing MSP

    Minister for Business, Energy, and Tourism

    Scottish Government

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    International Development Assistant

    Aberdeen City Council

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    Incentive Department

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