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Address: Kirkwall, Scotland
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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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The museum is a couple of hundred yards from the ferry and covers the history of Scapa flow. Having the bikes limited what we could do in the time we spent but we found this a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum is a couple of hundred yards from the ferry and covers the history of Scapa flow. Having the bikes limited what we could do in the time we spent but we found this a very interesting place to visit complete with a good tea room and loo's.

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A local guide from Orkney Uncovered recommended that I visit the coastal scenery around Scapa Flow. I was very impressed by the wartime barriers and beaches as I was the walks at Scapa trail. The wind was blowing so waves were impressive. Great walks and nature around this area.

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Greenwood, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

Full disclosure - I'm a Navy man so I really wanted to see this important harbor. For decades, the Royal Fleet was home ported here. Most of the piers are gone or repurposed, no Royal Navy ships ride at anchor, but the history of this place is amazing. We visited the Italian Prisoner of War Chapel, saw the Churchill Barriers,... More 

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Durham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

A trip across the Churchill Barriers and seeing Scapa Flow is a must for any visit to Orkney ... possibly on a trip to either The Italian Chapel and/or The Tomb Of The Eagles. Must of the barriers have parking places nearby so you can stop and appreciate (and photograph) the very moving views. Crossing some of the barriers can... More 

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Strathpeffer, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

If you like your history then you will enjoy a visit to Scapa Flow - enjoyed photographing the ship wrecks.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

I read about the history and the area beforehand so seeing the actual area was very exciting. We drove around the natural harbour on the Churchill Causeways but also walked along the beach, in the evening we had it all to ourselves.

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Thank Claire M
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

If you get a chance, there is a lot to see around Scapa Flow. By Air First of all, look out for it as you fly in, and try to imagine it with 150-200 warships riding at anchor when the Grand Fleet and German High Seas Fleet were here. By Car. Head east on Mainland, and then south across the... More 

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Wales
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

History on the road. Amazing 2nd world war (and first world war ) infrastructure fascinating stories of scuttling of german fleet.

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Bolton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

The barriers are amazing considering they were built to defend the home fleet and not provide an easy way to travel the southern islands. The still have the history of the block ships visible which makes them all the more interesting. The flow itself is also a great area in which to walk and see modern history.

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Peebles, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

Knowing the history of this famous it is well worth to see just how it worked and the type of weather the troops had to endure.

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