Some of our customers comments –
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.
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.
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.
Superb Orkney Experience
I would highly recommend Kinlay, our guide with Orkney Uncovered, to anyone visiting Orkney. The five days we spent with Kinlay were exactly what we wanted. He tailor-made the itinerary to fit our interests in such a way that each day was unique, varied and endlessly fascinating. Kinlay is attentive to the needs of his guests, highly organised – whilst remaining flexible and adapting to the conditions and circumstances in the moment. He is clearly passionate about his work, is very interesting to listen to, incredibly knowledgeable about the life, history and natural environment of Orkney as well as being incredibly adept at knowing the right time to visit places so that we often had a location to ourselves.
I cannot recommend Orkney Uncovered highly enough.
We arranged a private tour for Kinlay Francis to show just the two of us around the various sites. He was excellent – very, very informed and knowledgeable, a lot of fun to be with and obviously passionate about the place. We had an excellent day. The weather varied between appalling (strong winds and hail) and sunshine (usually all within 15 minutes) but we had great fun and we’d recommend Kinlay as a guide to anyone wanting to learn about the history of Orkney.
A prize worth waiting for
A tour of wartime Hoy and part of the Orkney Mainland, won as a prize on Facebook, was a superb experience with Orkney Uncovered. Kinlay, as guide, driver and supplier of tea and biscuits was a delightful CO. He deepened our superficial knowledge of wartime Orkney as he uncovered the hidden gems with great enthusiasm. Highly recommended.
Inspired and fascinating tour of Orkney
Orkney Uncovered was the perfect introduction to our first tour of Orkney. My wife and I, with another couple, were met off our boat by Kinlay who, during the course of a day, took us to all the principal sights of these fascinating islands. Kinlay was an excellent host (and good driver) being knowledgeable, charming and passionate about the sights we saw. The tour, like the light lunch that was presented, certainly whetted our appetites for a return to the islands again. The mind blowing highlight was Skara Brae that was a community of dwellings constructed 3100 BC….older than the pyramids. A special tour.
‘Refreshing’ private tour of Orkney.
Orkney’s mainland. Our guide was excellent and showed us around our sites on a beautifully sunny and refreshingly brisk Orkney day.
I have to say we were suprosed at how lovely Orkney is in the winter months. We spotted seals basking in the shoreline as well as a number of sea birds keeping sheltered along the cliffs. We thoroughly enjoyed out walk out to the causeway island called the Brough of Birsay and we walked up to a lighthouse to see spectacular views over the North Atlantic.
Our guide showed us how the Vikings used to live and various other nordic locations on Orkney including the Orphir Bu.
We loved seeing the stones circles and going through a walk through the scenic fishing town of Stromness.
Overall a fantastic tour for two, highly recommended to everyone wanting to get plenty of fresh air and see some history along the way.
Excellence on Orkney
We were met off the Pentalina ferry at St. Margaret’s Hope by Kinlay Francis – our guide for the day. We were warmly welcomed and ushered aboard an immaculately presented and comfortable limo-bus and within minutes of stepping ashore, our ‘Orkney Explorer’ tour commenced.
We had been to Orkney before but had taken the MAXI day tour via John O’Groats and whilst it was adequate for the casual enquirer we both felt that it lacked insight. So, what was the difference between a private tour and the generic tour?
Well, take our journey over the Churchill Barriers for example; Kinlay shared the same facts and figures about their construction as the guide on the MAXI tour but here the similarity ended. Rather than travelling straight over them to reach the next destination, Kinlay stopped and told the background story to the events that led up to their construction. He told of the German reconnaissance missions that identified a gap in the defences, how U47 slipped into Scapa Flow and how it sighted, targeted and sunk HMS Royal Oak before concluding with the story of the rise to fame and fall from grace of the commander of U47. As he told the story he referred to maps, pointed at associated environmental features, showed period photographs and encouraged us to ask questions.
This pattern continued throughout our day. Want to spend more time at a particular location? No problem! Want to skip an element and divert off the planned route to explore somewhere else? No worries! This is your tour and you can have it any way you like it.
Orkney Uncovered – Best Tour Ever!
We have traveled the 7 continents and been on countless tours. Finlay Francis gave us the best we have ever had! He is extremely knowledgeable, friendly and funny! I swear we saw all there was to see in 2 days…he was very helpful, even took me to Tesco so I could get a new memory card for my smart phone! I would highly recommend him, he was raised in Orkney and took us to all the important sights with interesting and funny facts to share! At the end of 2 days we felt we had a new friend…I hope he and his family can come visit us in Sacramento, California. Thanks Finlay, you made our trip memorable and I would recommend you to anyone who wants to know more about Orkney; you covered all and more than is written up in the August 2014 National Geography edition about Orkney!