Electric Cars

To book or speak to the coordinator; cars@shapinsay.org.uk or call or text 07798570439

The Development Trust operates 3 Electric vehicles for residents and Community groups in Shapinsay, one has been converted to allow wheelchair access, one is a 7 seater, and working on the feedback from residents, the 3rd, our most recent addition, is a vehicle that is a bit lower to the ground.

The 7 seater is now available for self-drive hire for members of the trust at £25 per day for up to 3 days and non-members for £40 per day for up to 3 days.

This service is in operation between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday. We have trialled weekends previously but found there was little demand for a weekend service.

Please make your bookings one day in advance whenever possible. Bookings requested ‘on the day’ may require you to be flexible about timings, as prior bookings will take precedence.

Bookings can be made between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.

***The white car is now available for Self-Drive please contact the Boathouse to find out more information**

Emergencies will be accommodated where possible.

What can you use the car for? There’s not much you CAN’T use it for: A trip to the shop, the boat, the Kirk, a visit to a friend, a run around the island, coffee mornings, craft afternoons, you name it, we will try and make it work!

There is no charge for use of the electric car for residents, but we can accept donations towards the cost of the service.

We are now opening up the car service to visitors, we will ask for a small donation towards the use of car. This will need to be booked well in advance to ensure we have drivers to cover this as well as locals.

To book this service or speak to the coordinator to discuss; cars@shapinsay.org.uk or 07798570439

Due to availability there may be times when collections and delivery of passengers may be altered to accommodate requirements. Prior notification of these changes will be discussed with the passenger when booking this service..


Parents are responsible for their children at all times.

When using this service please remember that other people will be using the car after you so please do not bring mud in on your shoes, if you have muddy shoes please remove them and place them in the car boot.

The Trust is a Charity and accepts donations to further their aims and objectives.