Some of our customers comments –

5000 years of History

My wife and I booked Kinlay for a private day trip to show us the amazing historical remains on Mainland Orkney, whist we were there for a short break. Quite simply a superb day which fulfilled all our hopes.

Kinlay is so knowledgeable and friendly that I have no hesitation in recommending him to show you this fabulous island.

eterrowland86 - Cheadle Hulme, United Kingdom

An incredible learning adventure!

Kinlay was incredibly knowledgable and flexible during our family one-day tour on Orkney. Our group included two seniors and two 20-year olds and we all felt that we received the best learning experience we could hope for. Due to weather Kinlay made a few modifications to our itinerary which was very helpful and he even went off the beaten path with us to a brewery and distillery. Having Kinlay walk us around the island’s sites, many of which don’t have accompanying museums or plaques, was very helpful. Without Kinlay we would have not appreciated all that Orkney offered our history-buff family.

By the end of the day Kinlay felt like a part of our family. Thank you, Kinlay — we will be back soon!

Jessica -Tallahassee, Florida

Kinlay the Ultimate Professional

I don’t normally write reviews but I thought that, this time and on this occasion I would write a review on what was an amazing insiders view of the Orkneys.

We booked with Orkney Uncovered to discover the our ancestors after reading such great reviews. We were very impressed at the amount of effort Kinlay and his wife Kirsty went to, to help my wife discover her Scottish roots.

Kinlay is the ultimate professional and its clear why he is excellent at what he does. So refined and flexible with tweaks and tour changes which we gave him quite a lot! (sorry Kinlay). His knowledge about all things Orkney is eclectic and he has a real passion for bringing the wonderful history to life.

Amazing and we would recommend booking in advance, its clear why Orkney uncovered is very popular.


Most rewarding, fascinating, thrilling experience!

How could any experience possibly top my first trip with Orkney Uncovered last year? It shouldn’t have been possible. Yet this year Kinley and Kirsti managed just that.

Guests are taken care of every step of the way. The van is comfortable and clean with wonderful visibility and a great sound system so you miss nothing, regardless of where you sit. Each excursion is carefully planned and organized so no detail goes overlooked–without sacrificing any adaptability.

There is no one better than Kinley as a guide. He is the ultimate professional who ensures every client gets the most out of the trip. We had a group with varying interests, ages, and physical abilities–and each and every one of us cannot stop raving about our wonderful experience.

Kinley has an encyclopedic knowledge of the Orkneys, a weapons grade wit, and a passion for the islands that’s contagious.

This is one trip that should be on everyone’s bucket list!

Kristen H

One really excellent day out.

If you want to see Orkney and learn about the Island and the people, then Kinley is your man. A fount of knowledge, immensely personable, and a proper fun guy to spend time with. Thoroughly recommended and great value for money. Tailor your own trip or leave it all to Kinley – you will not go far wrong.

This was our first visit to Orkney, and if we ever make it back, we will book him again, as there is plenty more yet to see.

John & Sharon K, and Aussie cousins Brian and PatUK

Fascinating glimpse of Orkney history during two world wars

We ( myself and my husband) booked Kinlay our expert guide for two days with an emphasis on the role of Royal Engineers in World War 2. My father was based on Orkney during WW2 in RE Bomb Disposal.

What a fascinating and informative two days we had with Kinlay who has planned a bespoke programme of visits for us. His knowledge of both wars and related aspects was very impressive indeed. Clearly passionate about his subject, he achieved the perfect balance between the factual and the more human aspects of the impact of war on the Orkneys and its people. He was a considerate and very polite host who went the extra mile to ensure that everything was as perfect as could be and all our needs were catered for. He carried an extensive photographic and background archive with him and was able to give comprehensive advice about other tourist aspects of the Orkney Isles. Kinlay was a. Wry personable guide and we really enjoyed his company over the two days. Although we are all tempted to explore for ourselves as tourists, the knowledge that Kinlay gave us really helped us with the rest of our self guided tour, giving us a real insight and feel for the Orkneys. We would highly recommend Orkney Uncovered as a way to truly enhance your stay on Orkney and to give you a special and valuable insight into this very special place.
We know that Kinlay also covers prehistoric and walking tours and we would love to return to do these in the future, confident in the knowledge that we were in expert hands.
Visited September 2015

Valerie B, Ripon UK

My 95 year old dad’s visit to Hoy

In April, my dad made his first visit to Orkney and stayed with us on mainland. With his own wartime experiences and his dad’s First World War experiences, dad has done considerable research on both topics and published a book on his father’s experiences. He was very keen to visit Lyness and see the naval defences. Kinlay collected him from our house and took him on the ferry and he had a wonderful day. He saw everything he had wanted to see and learnt so much and Kinlay was very attentive to his personal needs and comfort. He returned in the afternoon, absolutely thrilled with the whole experience. He has since described his day wth Kinlay as the highlight of his visit to Orkney.

Jane R, Orkney - South Africa

Top class guide

Kinlay is a first rate guide — knowledgeable, friendly and considerate to the needs of his clients. Door to door service and offered water and a snack to keep us going on our wartime trip to Flotta. Our party of four loved every minute of our trip. Extra thank you to Kinlay for getting our visit to Flotta and Golta through security at the oil terminal. Will definitely use Orkney Uncovered again and have just organised a return trip for Battle of Jutland centenary.

Biggs Family

Best of the Best!

This is an amazing touring experience. If you are looking for the ultimate Orkney islands outdoor adventure then do book with Orkney Uncovered. Kinlay our guide and his wife Kirsty provided us with so much amazing information on all things Orkney, we were left feeling exhilarated and eager to return to Orkney to discover more amazing sites.

We particularly loved visiting the stone circles and the lovely harbour town of Stromness. We thoroughly enjoyed hearing about the Scapa Flow world war base and the many interesting anecdotes from wartime Orkney. We had some superb outdoor hill walks and visited the Yesnaby castle.

We can see why they are highly rated as we not only had a wonderful private tour but had a luxurious touring vehicle and various delicious Orkney snacks and ice cold bottled mineral water.

We booked well in advance for our private tour with Kinlay and we would highly recommend that you if you are looking for an amazing private guided tour with with Orkney Uncovered.

Thank you Kinlay and Kirsty for all our attention to detail and a superb tour we loved it and will be back.

Fallguy22, Sydney Australia

Wonderful Day Discovering Orkeny

This was a one-day port stop on our recent cruise, so we wanted to experience as much of the island as we could – Orkney Uncovered was the perfect choice. It ended up that four couples on our cruise ship booked the tour. Kinlay was prompt in picking us up and carefully watched our return time. He made sure we saw everything we wanted in the time we had and went out of his way to help one couple find a particular jewelry shop and took some others to a book store to purchase some books he mentioned. He even arranged for the weather to be perfect although I don’t think he can always guarantee that!! The time flew by and I would not hesitate to highly recommend Orkney Uncovered.

Suzanne F, Charelsetown US