Travelling safely during the Covid Pandemic

Updated 30th August 2021

The good news is that we are running nearly all of our tours again! We would love to welcome you on our Ultimate Isle of Skye Tour, Skye Fairy Pools Shuttle, Orkney Day Tour, NEW Big 4 Tour and NEW Culloden Battlefield, Clava Cairns & Cawdor Castle Tour, all of which are now available to book on our website.

Below we have further information about when our other tours will run this summer.

Unless the rules are relaxed further, this will be our policy

  • All passengers require to bring and wear a face mask during your tour, as per Scottish government law on public transport. For the comfort of all passengers the wearing of a mask is now a condition of carriage for us, until such time as this rule is changed. We understand that there are medical exemptions where you are not legally required to wear a face mask. In this scenario we are still able to welcome you on the tour if you use a face shield, to keep our staff, and the rest of our passengers, safe. Please contact us if you have any queries.
  • Allocated seating – We allocate seating before hand to ensure groups and couples sit together. We will seat solo travellers (or members of groups with odd numbers) separately where possible. It may be necessary to sit next to a fellow passenger on busier days.
  • Fresh air ventilation throughout journey
  • Hand sanitiser station onboard
  • Enhanced cleaning regime (both during the tour and post-tour)
  • Reduction in staff members so that there is just one onboard at any time, to increase social distancing
  • Staggered boarding and alighting during the tour to minimise close contact between groups
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off reduces the number of passengers congregating and boarding at the bus station. This is available from The Kingsmills, Premier Inn Inverness East, Premier Inn Inverness Centre Millburn Road, Jury’s Inn, Craigmonie Hotel, Heathmount Hotel/Corriegarth, Rocpool Reserve, Beaufort Hotel, Glen Mhor Hotel, Glenmoriston Townhouse, Tomnahurich St (for Premier Inn Inverness Centre/Columba/Palace/Strathness/surrounding B&Bs), Bishops Road (for Aye Stay B&B, Laird’s Lodge and B&Bs on Ballifeary Road, Glenurquhart Road and Bruce Gardens), Ness Walk Hotel, Bught Park Caravan Park, Premier Inn Inverness West Loch Ness Country House Hotel and The Clansman.

Every measure was in place to make us feel safe and comfortable without compromising the joy of the day. This tour is a must.

TripAdvisor review of first tour after re-opening post lockdown

Tours on offer in 2021

We are offering our Ultimate Isle of Skye Tour 3 – 5 days per week until October. It is likely that we will keep running a version of our Ultimate Isle of Skye Tour over the winter, most likely on Saturdays.

Our Orkney Day Tour is finally back up and running!! The first available date is 5th July 2021 and the tour will run on a regular basis throughout the summer.

We are offering our new The Big Four Tour regularly until October. It is likely that we will keep running this tour over the winter too.

Our Whisky Tour is available on a private basis only in July – please contact us to arrange this. We are hopeful that we can start to run this again on a scheduled basis from August. (Currently, we are able to take large groups on our mini-coach as long as they are socially distanced, but the distilleries are limited to groups of 8 from up to 3 households, which is not viable for us).

All of the above tours can also be run on a private basis for groups of 2 – 76 upon request and we have a selection of other private mini-coach tours and walking tours of Inverness available.

Due to ongoing uncertainty, regarding when UK cruise ships will be allowed to dock and whether passengers will be allowed to take private tours, unfortunately we have cancelled all 2021 Classic Invergordon Shore Excursions.

Tours on offer in 2022

We now have all Invergordon shore excursions for 2022 on sale, as well as our Ultimate Isle of Skye Tour. Other tours should be available to book by around September 2021 (please contact us if you would like us to inform you when our full 2022 schedule is available).

Our spacious vehicles

Prior to the pandemic, our 28 and 30 seater mini-coaches already offered the most leg room per passenger of any tour from Inverness (partly because the vehicles were built to accommodate 33 passengers, but we took seats out and reduced the boot capacity to enable even more space per seat).

We also have a 16-seater luxury mini-coach, which we also for smaller groups and which is also incredibly spacious.

All passengers are guaranteed to be seated in their family/bubble groups, and single travellers are guaranteed two seats (until such time as social distancing restrictions are removed)!

Cleaning and hygiene protocols

Our cleaning regimes were already of the highest standards, with a full ‘deep clean’ already being carried out every evening. Cleaning en-route has always been an integral part of what we do although this will now be enhanced to ensure, “touch points”, such as handrails, are cleaned regularly.

We have always offered hand sanitiser onboard, but the use of this will now be actively encouraged.

We will also be implementing safe boarding practices.

At the moment we will only be able to operate with one member of staff onboard. Your guides will be limited to WOW Scotland founder Gordon Pearson and highly experience driver guides Rob Carr and Rob Hall. Rest assured, you’ll be in the very safe (and knowledgeable) hands.

The wellbeing of our guests and staff is paramount so, as with everything we do at WOW Scotland, you can rest assured that we will go above and beyond to ensure that our guests enjoy the ultimate tour experience in complete safety and comfort. 

And finally…

For further information about the Covid19 situation in Scotland please take a look at the Scottish Government’s website here.

Regardless if you choose to tour with us this year, or if you have decided to wait until 2022, please follow us on Facebook or Instagram for inspiration.

We very much look forward to welcoming you to the Highlands very soon.

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