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Scapa Flow

Kirkwall, Scotland
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Orkney Islands Day Trip from John O'Groats
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Ranked #3 of 8 Attractions in Kirkwall
Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Activities: Scuba diving
Owner description: This treacherous pass made ship navigation difficult, resulting in...
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Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Activities: Scuba diving
Owner description: This treacherous pass made ship navigation difficult, resulting in over 10 sunken ship wrecks, providing an excellent dive site.
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Cirencester, United Kingdom
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54 reviews 54 reviews
18 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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58 reviews 58 reviews
19 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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alness,
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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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Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
36 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 via mobile

Beautiful scenery, fantastic sea scapes, and the best kite flying we've had for years! Lots of isolated beaches and coves to explore, seals galore, and room for kids to run.

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Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

one of the places we planned to visit on our trip to Orkney and we were not disappointed. very intertesting and the history behind it is fantastic

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Jedburgh, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

We thoroughly our tour of Scapa Flow with tour company Orkney Uncovered. We agree with last review you definitely need to tour guide to show you around as it is a massive area of water. Our tour included viewing points of Scapa Flow, the history from the 1500's to WWI, WWII and beyond. We also visited the area where HMS... More 

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Morpeth, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

Do this as part of a tour with a guide and hear the stories of war time and how important this sea was.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

We had the delight in seeing a lot of Scapa Flow when we were on a private tour with Orkney Uncovered. We feel that you can great a great view from the top of a hill called Scorradale. We also did a coastal walk at a RSPB bird reserve called Hobbister. About 3.5km so you need to be fit! Lots... More 

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Trondheim, Norway
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

A beautiful bay. We saw it from just outside Scapa, on an early July morning. Windy and gusts of rain, but we still had a very nice - if somewhat brief - picnic/breakfast by the beach. Made for a perfect start to the day.

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