RV8 at the Castle of Mey on the Caledonian Tour of Orkney

Marion Quarrington's RV8 parked by the Castle of Mey in Caithness in the north of Scotland.

Castle of Mey

The second photo alongside is of all the tour participants lined up outside the Standing Stones Hotel in Stenness on Orkney.

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Marion Quarrington has been on the Caledonian Centre's Tour of Orkney and has sent in a photo of her RV8 in Woodcote Green outside the Castle of Mey saying "there were 27 cars on the tour, of which nine were RV8s with two in Woodcote Green, two in Nightfire Red, two in BRG and one in Le Mans Green. The other RV8 in Woodcote Green was a last minute substitute car so was not listed in the route book." Marion says "I was anticipating the length of the tour itself to be about 1,100 miles, and in fact I did 1,075 miles (Stirling to Stirling). In total the journey to and from home was a smidgen under 1,900 miles, and I averaged 30.5 mpg throughout the entire trip." That's a good rate of consumption for a near 4 litre V8 engine. Marion mentioned that she had the hood down for most of the time, only putting it up overnight.

The 2015 August Tour of Orkney was the Caledonian Centre's first tour to Orkney. It started from Stirling with two route options - either a six day or an extended eight day trip. The tour returned via the west coast and back to Stirling. The eight day tour from Stirling had an overnight stop in Tain on route to the ferry at Gill’s Bay, followed by three nights on Orkney and then via the west coast with overnights in Tongue, Loch Broom and Fort William before returning to Stirling. The shorter six day route returned via Tain for an overnight before heading to Stirling.

The Castle of Mey is located in Caithness, on the north coast of Scotland, about 6 miles west of John o' Groats. In fine weather there are views from the castle north to the Orkney Islands. The Queen Mother first saw what was then Barrogill Castle in 1952, while mourning the death of her husband, King George VI. Falling for its isolated charm and hearing it was to be abandoned, she decided to renovate and restore it and created the beautiful gardens you see today. For almost half a century she spent many happy summers here and shorter visits at other times of the year.