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Orkney Uncovered
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Owner description: Orkney Uncovered Private Tours, provides private guided tours of the Orkney Islands. We cover all of Orkney’s history, culture, economy, food and drink. We specialise in Military history and Scapa Flow. We provide bespoke Ancient Orkney private tours with a focus on Neolithic Orkney, the Iron Age and the Viking Ages. All our tours are tailored to meet our clients requirements. Orkney Uncovered Private Tours are open 365 day a year and offer professional,fun and informative private touring experience.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children
Reviewed June 29, 2013

We join the chorus of praise for Orkney Uncovered. Kinlay guided us two sixty-year-olds on his tour of World War I and II sites on the Mainland. It was more than we hoped for. Kinlay's personal knowledge of the island, where he grew up, as well as historical knowledge based on years of research made the sites come alive. In addition, Kinlay provided archive photos of the sites to make everything even more vivid. As sample of the detail he provided, Kinlay showed us a spot on a Churchill barrier where a prisoner had carved a hidden swastika (photo of Kinlay at the spot is attached). As just a sample of Kinlay's personal attention to our needs, he took photos of us when the batteries on our camera failed and sent the photos to us later. Ever practical, Kinlay also brought us to a store to purchase more batteries. Don't miss the opportunity to join one of his tours.

Thank Tom Z
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Kinlay F, Owner at Orkney Uncovered, responded to this reviewResponded July 8, 2013

Dear Tom,

Many thanks for your excellent review. We really appreciate your feedback. I agree that it is great to have actual archive information to look at while visiting the wartime sites. It brings the picture of what life was like during WWII to life.

We do our best to ensure you have the most tailored tour and we are glad that we could fulfil your needs and more. We would welcome you back to Orkney.

Thank you again for booking with Orkney Uncovered.

Kind regards,

Kinlay

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Reviewed June 29, 2013

We booked a private tour with Orkney Uncovered while we were here for a day trip. Kinlay tailored a private tour itinerary for us to include Orkney's key sites. We visited Skara Brae where Kinlay expertely guided us around this very old Neolithic village from 3000BC. Very informattive and interesting. We also visited the Kitcheners Memorial in the area of Birsay which powers over the Atlantic Ocean an incredible story about the loss of HMS Hampshire in 1916. Being a big fan of all things Naval I was very impressed with Kinlay's knowledge on the Royal Navy and in particular Scapa Flow during the World Wars.

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed going over to the Brough of Birsay across the causeway and up to try and spot the elusive Puffin. Great views from the lighthouse at the top of the Brough. We had lunch at the Standing Stones hotel which was very nice, before heading off to the Churchill Barriers and Italian Chapel.

Kinlay stopped en-route to show us the views of Scapa Flow and Hoy Sound from the hills of Scorradale. We had a great cup of tea and some amazingly tasty Orkney shortbread.

We loved the italian Chapel and Kinlay gave us the full overview of the construction of the chapel and its history, not the 'tourist version'! We were then shown the entrance that Gunther Prien's U-47 came into Scapa Flow to sink HMS Royal Oak in October 1939. The barriers themselves are nothing short of impressive, we really enjoyed seeing the WWI sunken ships as well. We then head back to Stromness for our trip home.

An excellent day of touring highly recommended. We will be back to Orkney for longer next time and with Orkney Uncovered to discover the delights of the Orkney Islands.

Thank Jeff T
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Kinlay F, Owner at Orkney Uncovered, responded to this reviewResponded July 2, 2013

Hi Jeff,

Many thanks for your excellent review I am very pleased you thoroughly enjoyed your private tour. It was great fun walking up to the top of the Brough of Birsay and seeing the Brough Lighthouse.

We are glad you enjoyed the Neolithic sites and structures mixed with a number of wartime sites. Including the impressive Kitcheners Memorial. I look forward to welcoming you both back to Orkney.

Best regards,

Kinlay Francis

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Reviewed June 28, 2013

Kinley, the owner driver of a very comfortable car, gave us a most informative 4 hour tour of the Orkney island attractions, it was absolutely fantastic and would definitely recommend this private tour.

Thank Jane M
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Kinlay F, Owner at Orkney Uncovered, responded to this reviewResponded June 29, 2013

HI,

Thank you very much for the fantastic review. We greatly appreciate your feedback and custom. We are glad you enjoyed your short tour of our beautiful island and we do hope you come back to visit in the future.

Kind regards,

Kinlay

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Reviewed June 25, 2013

This was my second Private Tour with Orkney Uncovered. Kirsty and Kinlay put together a great bespoke tour itinerary for me, primarily focusing on the archaeological sites and structures we had not seen on our last tour. We first visited Wideford Cairn which was a good trek to get to, some spectacular views and a brilliant site. We then visited Cuween Cairn in the costal town of Finstown, a very interesting site. The torch that is provided at the entrance of the cairn does not work, however Kinlay was already prepared in this eventuality and had a variety of fully charged torches.

We then had a picnic lunch which was excellent. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Unstan and Maeshowe tombs, followed with an extended visit to the Brough of Birsay and Broch of Gurness. Kinlay perfectly timed our trip to the Brough of Birsay so we could cross at low tide. Our our ended up with a tour of St Magnus Cathedral and the Bishops and Earl's Palaces in the town of Kirkwall.

We love Orkney Uncovered. Kinlay and Kirsty go out of their way to make your private tour the best ever. From opening your car door to providing you with a selection of Orkney snacks, bottled water and pristine tour vehicle. The knowledge that Kinlay has is simply amazing and we have gained so much knowledge about this beautiful island.

If you are visiting Orkney book your private tour with Orkney Uncovered they are excellent! Thank you Kinlay and Kirsty we will be back up soon for more bespoke tours!

Thank Jeremy H
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Kinlay F, Owner at Orkney Uncovered, responded to this reviewResponded June 29, 2013

Dear Jeremy,

Thank you again for another terrific review. We greatly appreciate the feedback. I am very happy you enjoyed your private tour of Ancient Orkney.

There are so many amazing places to visit including the Cathedral and Palaces. We had a great day uncovering the history around the tombs and cairns in Orkney. We appreciate you saying that we go that extra mile, we do try our absolute best in making sure you have the best day.

Thank you again for booking with Orkney Uncovered and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future.

Best regards,

Kinlay and Kirsty

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Reviewed June 23, 2013

Kinlay gave the best tour I have experienced. He adapted the itinerary to our interests. There were four of us and all of us agree that we would do it again just this way. Details, insider notes and great presentation. It was the best. History, archaeology, stories, arts, flora, geology. Just amazing. PLUS..HE put up with us. Plan, because he has been discovered.

Thank 956Heather
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Kinlay F, Owner at Orkney Uncovered, responded to this reviewResponded June 29, 2013

Dear Heather and Boyd,

Many thanks for the excellent review. We really appreciate the feedback. I really enjoyed showing you around Orkney and looking for various fossils at Yesnaby and exploring Orkney's geology.

Thank you very much for adding a picture of me at Churchill Barrier No.3. We do hope you come back to Orkney and explore more of our beautiful island.

Kind regards,

Kinlay and Kirsty Francis

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