Contact Us to Book or Enquire

Full details of our small group holidays and private tours, together with our booking form, booking conditions, health and fitness requirements, travel, contact and payment information are contained in our brochures, which may be downloaded here. 

Please check our current 2020 holiday availability or 2021 holiday availability to see if there is space on your chosen week (if the week you require is fully booked we do have a waiting list, please contact us to be added). Please then email us to confirm that there is still availability using the following email:

info@orktours.co.uk

We will then 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. 

We respond to all emails within 24 hours, often sooner. If you do not receive a reply within 24 hours please first check your spam box then email us again. 

 

Health and 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.

 

Orkney Archaeology Tours, 

Bayview, Birsay, Orkney, KW17 2LR  

VAT Reg. No. 107 1132 67   info@orktours.co.uk