Some of our customers comments –
The best way to get the most of Orkney
I spent five days with Kinlay in August. He is a native of Orkney and extremely knowledgeable about all things Orkney, from archaeology to military history to local flora and fauna. He took me on hikes to sites not on the usual tourist trips. I could not have done them without his encouragement and support. He is great company. The trip more than met my expectations. I’m already planning another trip and will definitely seek Kinlay’s guidance again. Kirstey was also a great help with emails as I made my plans and then had to make changes on the way.
An excellent guide
Our trip to Orkney was made memorable by having Kinlay Francis of ‘Orkney Uncovered’ as our guide. He delivered a first class service. We were taken to the major archaeological and historical sites in style. Kinlay delivered his encyclopedic knowledge with charm, humour and conviction. He is an expert on pre-history and military history. We had both the comfort of his excellent conveyance and the opportunity to stretch our legs in the big outdoors. KInlay made Orkney come alive. His attention to detail was admirable. We would recommend him unreservedly.
One more excellent visit to Orkney
Planning 5 days in Orkney for a group of 40 passengers in the middle of the summer is not the easiest thing to do! But Kirsty and Kinlay at Orkney Uncovered did a perfect job again! It was a real pleasure working with them, sending emails back and forth, finding the best solutions, booking lunches, splitting the group for the most difficult part of the program etc.
And – of course – Kinlay was our guide for most of the tours with his knowledge and humor. I have met good tour guides in different countries, but he is simply one of the very best!
We had two days with Kinlay and could not ask for better. Everything said in other reviews is accurate. We like to walk and he adapted on the fly to build in lots of walking time, adapted the stops to our interests, did a great job of working around the cruise ship groups that were there and had some lovely stories to tell along the way. You’ll need to book early as he is, needless to say, very much in demand. And deserves to be.
Scapa Flow tour every Tuesday
Absolutely excellent tour of the Scapa Flow site every Tuesday. So well put together and led. Really took me back to times 5 years before I was born when my 18 year old Irish Dad would have been there serving on his destroyer the HMS Myngs whilst waiting for the next transaltlantic convoy that they would escort to Murmansk or Archangel.
A “Must do” when visiting Orkney!
Our day spent with Kinaly Francis was simply second to non.
His knowledge was broad, deep and very impressive – a true professional in Wartime and Ancient Orkney. He is also a historian for the Royal Naval Association in Orkney, so not surprisingly had many, many interesting stories. As an Orcadian his local knowledge and recommendations were excellent too.
Friends have already booked with him for 2017……I recommend you do too! You cannot be disappointed.
We were four friends (from Sweden) seeing Orkney with Kinlay Francis, on a fine day in September. His wife Kirsty was very helpful in arranging the tour months in advance. The highlight for me personally was a short walk on the cliffs at Yeasnaby – striking scenery. Besides being skilled in everything concerning Orkney, he makes you feel like friends in no time and was also keen to adjust the tour according to our wishes. Even went out of his way to find me a flagpole size Orkney flag:)
Friendly, Knowlegable, Fun and Personalized
This was the most in depth tour we’ve ever experienced. Kinlay picked us up at our B&B at 9:00 and drove us to a number of fantastic sights around Orkney. We saw the Brough of Birsay, the Broch of Gurness, Skara Brae, Yesnaby (including Yesnaby Castle, an amazing sea stack the likes of nothing I’ve ever seen), the Ring of Brodgar, the Standing Stones of Stenness and much more. Kinlay’s intimate knowledge of the area allowed him to give us fantastic insight into the locations. In addition his sense of timing was unsurpassed as we got to see most of these sights when there was virtually nobody else there despite busloads of other folks leaving as we got to them or arriving as we departed. It was a truly magical day and when he dropped us off again around 5:00 we were completely swept up in the magic of the day.
You MUST tour with Kinlay!
First, you MUST visit Orkney. It’s small, but bountiful both in terms of experiences and the people.
My wife and I had one of the best travel experiences we’ve had because of Kinlay @ Orkney Uncovered. We spent 3 days with Kinlay, focused on the Ancient aspects of Orkney, hiking in the most amazing outdoor places and some modern military history for good measure.
We knew going to Orkney would require context, and to truly appreciate it we would need a guide. Kinlay did not disappoint, he is a true storyteller. At times Kinlay’s commentary ‘put you there’. The sheer scale of ‘time’ found in Orkney was incredible, from fossils and geologic formations 400 million years old, to 5500 year old human structures, to relics of modern wars.
Dress for the weather. We were lucky, we didn’t experience the Orkney wind, or any significant rain. Recommend layers, and a waterproof outer covering head to toe just in case. We were very comfortable the whole time because we dressed properly.
Visit multiple islands. We did Mainland, Rousey and Hoy, each had their own amazing stories to tell. We wished we had time to do more (there’s over 20 inhabited!).
Kinlay is a legend, make sure you book your tours with him, he won’t disappoint.
Don’t miss an opportunity to tour with Kinlay!
I unreservedly recommend Kinlay Francis and Orkney Uncovered. My recent tour with Kinlay wildly exceeded my already high expectations (I had read the Trip Advisor comments!). My custom tour was executed flawlessly and became the highlight of my entire two weeks in Scotland. Kinlay is not only totally professional and extremely knowledgable but also very personable and lots of fun to spend a day with. Arranging my tour through Kirsty was a breeze, and the Orkney Uncovered van was very comfortable. I have total confidence that I bought myself the best Orkney experience possible. If you are going to the Orkney Islands, please consider booking a tour with Kinlay.