Is HOSTGA a booking agency?
No. We ask you to make direct contact with our members.
See our Booking Conditions
For a one day tour, normally in cash. For more than one day, a deposit is often needed, and some guides may require full payment in advance. Some guides have PayPal accounts or credit card facilities.
Guides should carry their ID (a badge) at all times, and normally get free admission to sites.
On one-day tours guides often carry a packed lunch; if you wish the guide to lunch with you then you should normally pay for his/her meal. All these arrangements should be clarified with individual guides in advance.
Yes, in most cases. There is likely, however, to be an extra charge.
Yes. Full Membership of HOSTGA provides Guides with 3rd Party Insurance. In the case of a coach tour this means for their work outside the coach. Generally they are covered by the Coach Operator’s insurance when inside. Guides who undertake hillwalking or driver/guiding work should be appropriately insured under their own arrangements.
This depends on the size of the group. A small (family) group can be handled without prior booking but anything bigger needs a booking. This is particularly the case with distilleries which get very full. Your guide can do the booking but give him/her plenty of warning.
Highly changeable. Click here for a 16-day forecast for Inverness area; you can use the site to explore weather elsewhere, and also get averages for any time of year.
Click here for daylight in Edinburgh; in summer think of Inverness as having 30 minutes more daylight, in mid-winter 30 minutes less.
The Scottish Legal system is the ruling system for bookings made with HOSTGA members. It is worth remembering that in Scotland a verbal commitment can act as a contract. It is however always better if there is an exchange of correspondence covering the details of the booking being made – covering not just the itinerary but also payment, cancellation fees etc.