You might be wondering whether it’s worth paying for a guide at all. Surely, between buses and boats and sturdy walking boots, you can cover it by yourself?
But with this tour company, the clue is in the name – the many layered history and culture of Orkney needs to be uncovered to be truly appreciated. There is just so much – history, folklore, culture - and sure, you can read a lot of it online or at the library. But, two or three hours with a local will furnish you with a lifetime’s worth of insight to supplement the bare facts.
From the moment I approached OU by email I was treated to an attentive and helpful approach that typifies the service offered by this company. I requested a bespoke tour based on my own interest in local pirate legend John Gow, and Kinlay came up with the goods – including permission to visit buildings now on private land – in a matter of hours.
Our guide, Kinlay Francis, combined an encyclopaedic knowledge of the islands with a genuine warmth for his subject and a lively sense of humour that makes a tour with him hugely interesting, enlightening and great fun.
Once we were heading towards the standing stones of Stenness, it was hard to resist picking Kinlay’s brains of Neolithic history facts and slipping in a quick visit to the standing stones of Brodgar – a must if you are to appreciate the spine-tingling mystique of monuments so ancient, they are thought to predate Stone Henge.
Comfort breaks and refreshments were all factored in, and as Kinlay’s specialty, the import of Orkney’s 20th Century wartime history dovetailed seamlessly with facts about the attributes of Orkney geography, the most stunning viewing points and the most fascinating folk tales Orkney has to offer.
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September 16, 2013
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Thank you very much for your fantastic review we really appreciate the feedback. It was a pleasure to take you and Andrea on tour to discover the story and history behind the infamous pirate John Gow.
We are glad you enjoyed your unique tour including off road vehicle drive down to Mr Honeyman's house which was raided by Pirate Gow in 1725. The Hall of Clestrain was also very interesting and we hope to welcome you both back in the future.
Thank you again for booking with Orkney Uncovered and good luck with the new book I look forward to reading it.
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