I currently only offer the MegaTour as a "step-on" guide. Prospective client(s) provide the vehicle, either one you already have (see (1) below) or one hired-in here in Inverness (see (2) below).
The tour starts and ends in Inverness. We meet, or collect you, at accommodations within the city of Inverness. If you are staying furth of Inverness we arrange an RV point within the city.
The "Cost per person" in the tables below is given as a courtesy to save your doing the arithmetic. However, one person must be responsible for the whole booking and payments.
CHEAPEST [lowest cost] way to do the GO-ORKNEY MegaTour
The prices below are based on you, the client, supplying the car. If you live in the UK or elsewhere in Europe this may be your own car, or it may be a hired car. In either case I must be added to your insurance for me to do the driving from Inverness.
The prices in the table below
include return (round-trip) ferry travel for all passengers (and guide) from the north coast of Scotland to Orkney, and guidance for the whole trip. Fuel will cost you £ 35-50 depending on:
the make, size of your car and its normal fuel consumption;
the type of fuel it uses (diesel or petrol [gasoline]) - and whether you use ordinary or premium blends of these fuels;
obviously, the price prevailing at the time of filling the tank.
# of Passengers
in your Party
Cost Add £ 35 to these prices for Saturdays in May and June and all days in July and August when ferry sailings give us an extra hour in Orkney
Cost per person
If you don't have your own car, or are not renting one while in the UK . . .
If you are not using a car on your visit to the north of Scotland then you can hire one in Inverness. Use these URLs to find the Inverness offices of Enterprise Car Hire and Arnold Clark Car Hire. You can then use their systems to find out the cost of the car most suitable to your size of party. It must be booked from the afternoon of the day before your selected date for Orkney to the morning of the day after.
Example: you book to go to Orkney on 3 June. On the booking form you pick 2 June as the day you require the car, and 1500 hrs as the pick-up time. You then give 4 June as the return date, with 1000 hrs as the drop-off time.
To book send us an e-mail giving date(s) you wish to go, and number in your party. When we confirm the date you have requested is available a deposit of
£ 100 is required to secure the booking; this is normally non-refundable. The balance of cost of the trip must be paid several weeks before departure of the trip.
If you are resident in the UK then transfers to our bank a/c are free and the easiest way to pay. If you live furth of the UK it is probably easiest to pay by PayPal. Please note that we should receive the actual amounts mentioned, not less any commissions or charges. Force majeure - in a Scottish islands context, this usually means adverse winds (though road blockage by a jack-knifed artic is also possible, or - more remotely - landslip). Since improvements to the Gills Bay terminal we have not had to cancel or modify any Go-Orkney MegaTour in the last 11 years. In the event that we cannot get to Orkney for any reason we give you a tour of some of the many scores of prehistoric sites in Caithness and east Sutherland, and spectacular coastal scenery, returning to Inverness by 1830 hrs or so. We make a refund of £ 60 + ferry charges.
We do suggest to prospective clients that they give a selection of dates. However many - probably most - of the clients for these trips come to Inverness for 2 nights only, evidently for the sole purpose of fitting Orkney into a tight schedule. Client protection. As guides, we carry public liability insurance. Sinclair Dunnett
Inverness, January 2017
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If you're ready to book please e-mail us at: Puffin Express with the date(s) you wish and the number in your party.