Dunrobin Castle - ancestral home of the Clan Sutherland
Dunrobin Castle - ancestral home of the Clan Sutherland
Kilchurn Castle, Loch Awe
Kilchurn Castle, Loch Awe
Scotland is a great place to explore by cycle on trails and coastal paths
Scotland is a great place to explore by cycle on trails and coastal paths
Ardvreck Castle and Loch Assynt in Sutherland, Highlands of Scotland
Ardvreck Castle and Loch Assynt in Sutherland, Highlands of Scotland
The banks of Loch Lomond - Britain's largest stretch of inland water
The banks of Loch Lomond - Britain's largest stretch of inland water
Strathisla Distillery in Keith, Grampian Highlands
Strathisla Distillery in Keith, Grampian Highlands
Portree Harbour, Isle of Skye
Portree Harbour, Isle of Skye
Gleneagles Golf Course
Gleneagles Golf Course
Fantastic rivers and lochs await for you to try your hand at fishing
Fantastic rivers and lochs await for you to try your hand at fishing
Scotland's rich musicial tradition
Scotland's rich musicial tradition
The Northern Isles are home to the world-famous Shetland pony
The Northern Isles are home to the world-famous Shetland pony
Ring of Brodgar in Orkney
Ring of Brodgar in Orkney
Kayaks at North Beach, Little Bernera, Isle of Lewis, Stornoway
Kayaks at North Beach, Little Bernera, Isle of Lewis, Stornoway
Dolphin pond in magnificent mountainside setting of Benmore Botanic Gardens
Dolphin pond in magnificent mountainside setting of Benmore Botanic Gardens
Piper at Castle of Mey in Thurso, Caithness
Piper at Castle of Mey in Thurso, Caithness
Balmoral Castle, Royal Deeside, Aberdeen
Balmoral Castle, Royal Deeside, Aberdeen
Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Glasgow
Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Glasgow
Ben Nevis, Fort William
Ben Nevis, Fort William
Oban, Argyll & Bute
Oban, Argyll & Bute
Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Castle

OIC helps take Orkney to the world

International cruise visitors to Orkney can be greeted in at least four languages now, thanks to the latest tour guide recruitment drive for improvement and development in OIC’s cruise ship business.

Of ten local guides who have recently earned their Scottish Tourist Guides Association (STGA) ‘Green Badge’, four speak German, and another three speak Swedish, Polish, and Spanish between them.

The training course, jointly funded by OIC, Cruise Orkney and LEADER, was conducted by Cruise Orkney in conjunction with the STGA in spring to prepare for this year’s cruise ship season.

Michael Morrison, Business Development Manager for OIC Marine Services, said: “Foreign language guides are highly valued by the cruise ship industry, especially in more remote locations where foreign language skills in tour guiding can be a challenge.

“For some time Orkney has been under pressure from the cruise industry to produce more tour guides with language skills and I am pleased that we have managed to achieve this in the 2010 class of tourist guides.

“Cruise Orkney are to be congratulated on successfully attracting foreign language speaking people to their training course, an achievement which further assists with the development of Orkney’s Cruise ship business.'