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Address: Kirkwall, Scotland
Activities: Scuba diving
Description: This treacherous pass made ship navigation difficult, resulting in over 10...
This treacherous pass made ship navigation difficult, resulting in over 10 sunken ship wrecks, providing an excellent dive site.
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Orkney Islands Day Trip from Inverness

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Great views, great fishing

Fish anywhere with deepish water on the flow side for plenty of fish in the summer - fresh mackerel by the bucket. great on the BBQ!

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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Kirkwall, United Kingdom
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Kirkwall, United Kingdom
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101 reviews 101 reviews
45 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

Fish anywhere with deepish water on the flow side for plenty of fish in the summer - fresh mackerel by the bucket. great on the BBQ!

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

Scarpa flow it basically an inland sea surrounded by various island but it's claim to fame was it was the base for the grand fleet in WW1 and later the scuttling the German fleet in 1919 although there's nothing to see apart from a load sea bouys marking the resting place of the scuttled ship, but a real nice location

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Melbourne, Australia
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

the trouble about reviewing Scapa Flow is 'what aspect:'. So much history, of the navy, the barriers (ships or Churchill?), the Italian chapel, the geology or the sheer size of this huge harbour. It took us a couple of days to even get an idea of all the history. Worth reading about it before you start. We got a guidebook... More 

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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Lovely beach, with the view of Scapa distillery just above the waterfall. Lovely sand, that sometimes on a good day will stretch out for miles. You can go pier jumping off of the pier along the back.. Also, of course there's the history from the War where the HMS Royal Oak sank, you cannot dive the ship but you can... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

We had read about Scapa Flow but had no idea about its massive sixe until we got there. Utterly amazing and iconic. Well worth a visit even if its to tip your feet in the sea. Check out the large dunes on Churchill barrier 4.

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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

We visited Scapa Flow as part of our private tour with Orkney Uncovered. We throughly enjoyed seeing and hearing about its amazing history. There are some beautiful beaches near the churchill barriers as well.

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Cirencester, United Kingdom
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58 reviews 58 reviews
18 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Scapa is a mysterious,beautiful and haunting place to see and full of heroic deeds from the 2 world wars,which are still beneath the waters,just as the have been since the heroism took place.The block ships are still to be seen just as they were scuttled to form part of the Churchill barriers which were supposed to defend the entrances to... More 

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Agnieres en Devoluy, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Not only to admire the scenery, which is worth doing, but also thinking of History attached to it : the British fleet stationed there at the beginning of WW 1, and the German Hochseeflotte was scuttled just after it at the same place. Sailing from Mainland to Hoy over Scapa Flow is an exiting experience. I really love Orkney !

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Antwerp, Belgium
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Diving at Scapa Flow, is diving in history. Wrecks from both World War's are present. The most prestigious beiing, of course, the German wrecks from WW I. There is a minimum level of expreience required: diving with a dry suit (the water is only 12-14° C) and deep diving (the german wrecks are below 32 meters) are a necessity. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

My son and i took our dry suit speciality course at the Churchill barriers, the dive site was fantastic not only allowing for easy entry into the water but also fantastic wrecks to see. Our instructors James and Rob were fantastic, giving exceptionally professional training. They had a great knowledge not only with regards to diving but also with regards... More 

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