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How to Book

Our brochure contains full details on how to book one of our Orkney holidays or private tours, together with a copy of our booking form and booking conditions, and is available to download or view online as an easy to navigate pdf  by clicking the buttons above or below. We hope that our brochure will answer all your questions, but if you do have any queries please do not hesitate to  contact us.


Please check our current 2019 holiday availability to see if there is space on your chosen week (sorry - all our 2018 holidays are fully booked). Once you have made a decision then please email us  via info@orktours.co.uk to confirm that there is still availability and we will hold your booking on a provisional basis for 10 days pending receipt of your booking form and deposit payment. Please do not finalise your travel arrangements before we have confirmed your booking.


Please print a copy of the booking form, complete it including signature, then either scan & email it to us, or post it to us at the address on the form. We do not require a booking form for day tours without accomodation - please just contact us to book.


Please ensure that you have read and accepted our booking conditions before making a booking. We require a completed booking form and a non-refundable deposit of £300 per person to confirm your booking, with the balance payable 90 days before arrival. If you are booking less than 90 days before your arrival date the full amount is due on booking.


We will send you full details of payment methods including our bank details when you contact us with your initial enquiry, but these are summarised below:  


For our UK clients: cheque or BACS transfer only.  We regret that we cannot accept credit card payments from UK clients.


For all our Overseas clients: international bank transfer (either from your own bank or via an intermediary e.g. Transferwise.com) or international (pounds sterling) bank draft.


Overseas credit card payments via PayPal: we can only accept credit card payments via PayPal and only from clients who are based outside Europe (i.e. outside the EU and the EEA).  We apply a credit card surcharge to cover the PayPal transaction fees as follows:


Canada and USA credit card surcharge: 5%

Rest of the world credit card surcharge: 7%



Our brochures are also available as text only web pages:


          2018 brochure as text only webpage        2019 brochure as a text only webpage


Health & Fitness


You must be reasonably fit and healthy to take part in one of our small group holidays. Our group holidays are NOT suitable for people who are seriously overweight, obese or exceptionally unfit, the disabled or those with serious medical conditions. Whilst many of our guests are retirees of more mature years, our holidays are NOT leisurely coach tours with frequent opportunities to rest for extended periods.

Our guests need to be able to walk at a moderate pace and be able to cope with short hill walks and uneven terrain. Most sites are reached by a short walk of no more than around ten minutes, but we then guide our guests around the site, which can mean at some sites guests will be on their feet for around an hour without a chance to sit down.

The most strenuous day is in the island of Rousay, where all the sites are reached by climbing or descending steep hills. Entry to Maeshowe chambered tomb requires crouching for around 10 metres along the entrance passageway, whilst entry to Cuween cairn requires climbing a steep hill and then crawling  (although we provide comfortable kneepads). Access to the Dwarfie Stane in Hoy requires a short walk uphill over rough terrain.

We can accept guests who may have difficulty with some aspects of our holidays e.g. crouching or crawling, provided that they are happy to miss out the sites that will cause them difficulties, and wait for the rest of the group in the tour vehicle. In Rousay, where the most strenuous sites are after lunch, we do quite often leave less able guests in the lounge at the lunch venue, supplied with tea and coffee.

Having hip or knee replacements are not a problem provided that you have fully recovered from your surgery and have regained full fitness: we have had guests with double hip replacements who have coped very well. Please take the advice of your surgeon and physiotherapist regarding your fitness to undertake the holiday. Age is not a barrier to undertaking one of our holidays provided that you are fit and healthy enough: our most senior guest to date was 86 years old, and did not experience any difficulties.    

Since many of our guests book a year or more in advance we are aware that health issues may arise in the interim, and for this reason it is essential that you take out adequate holiday insurance to cover you in case you need to cancel your holiday for medical reasons. Please do NOT take the holiday if your health will be an issue and always heed the advice of your doctor or other health professional regarding your fitness to travel.

If you have any reservations regarding your fitness, please consult us in advance of booking. We are happy to provide advice based on your individual circumstances.  We do not wish to discourage guests who may be slightly less able, but we do want you to be able to safely enjoy your holiday with us. We are happy to accommodate guests who have limited mobility or medical issues on our private tours, since we can tailor the itinerary to meet your individual requirements.

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