Each OTGA guide has their own pricing structure, terms and conditions and cancellation policy, which you should confirm with your guide when you book your tour. All tours offered by our qualified Orkney Guides are unique and tailored to your specific requirements, and as such tour prices are negotiated depending on the circumstances of each tour, and our members are self-employed and set their own rates.
The tour price will vary depending on the service offered, what is included (e.g. entry fees, lunch etc) the language required, whether you require a 'step-on' guide to join you in your own vehicle or if you require a driver-guide with their own vehicle.
The Scottish Tourist Guides Association (STGA) advises that the following rates would generally be applicable in Scotland to 2020 tours booked via their office, please note that these rates are indicative only of the amount you might expect to pay:
Half day tour (up to 4 hours): £350 - 380
Full day tour (up to 8 hours): £480 - £540
N.B. In Orkney the current touring rate for taxis (i.e. the price for a licensed taxi & driver, but without a guide) is set by the Orkney Islands Council, and the minimum charge is £40 per hour for up to 4 people, and £60 per hour for 5 - 8 people.
This equates to £320 or £480 per 8 hour day simply for transport between sites in a licensed vehicle. When you hire a driver-guide you are receiving both tranportation and qualified and insured guiding services.
Step-on Guide Tours in English
Half day (up to 4 hours): £160 - £180
Full day (up to 8 hours): £250- £280
Step-on Guide Tours in Other Languages
Half day (up to 4 hours): £190 - £220
Full day (up to 8 hours): £280 - £320