Kinlay and Kirsty run their own tour company, Orkney Uncovered, which specialises in Adventure Walks, Wartime history, tactics and warfare, Scapa Flow and Ancient Orkney sites such as Skara Brae and Ness of Brodgar.
Kinlay is a recognised professional in Wartime and Ancient Orkney. Kinlay developed his knowledge and experience from a keen interest in Orkney’s archaeological environment and growing up within a mile of the first British civilian casualty of WWII in Orkney and the Western approaches to Scapa Flow. Kinlay has a strong family history with links to the Armed Forces and is passionate about the role Orkney and Scapa Flow played in the World Wars.
Kinlay also worked as the Historian for the Royal Naval Association in Orkney, which involves the provision of information, support and advice to members of the Royal Naval Association and authors both civilian and military on aspects of Wartime Orkney and Scapa Flow. Kinlay actively provides support and trips for Royal Navy Northern Diving Group. Kinlay volunteers as a trained and competent Hyperbaric Chamber nurse.
Kinlay has appeared in several television programmes and books such as Rick Steves Europe – Scotland’s Islands 2018, Combat Ships UK History Channel, Grand Tours of Scotland, U-47 Raid – Osprey, Wartime Orkney.
Kinlay Francis is an accredited Orkney Green Badge Guide and member of the Orkney and Scottish Tourist Guides Association. Kinlay is qualified to guide in all areas of Orkney and is an expert in visiting and exploring many of the islands in the archipelago. Kinlay and Kirsty live in Kirkwall with their son Benjamin and yellow Labrador Holly. Our favourite family walk is heading up the hills in Orphir with a picnic and a flask of hot chocolate.