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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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A must see in Orkney!

An absolute must see in Orkney, well worth a ferry trip to Hoy. We went over to Hoy with the intention of seeing the island but didn't really get out of the museum and grounds... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Winsford, United Kingdom
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Winsford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

An absolute must see in Orkney, well worth a ferry trip to Hoy. We went over to Hoy with the intention of seeing the island but didn't really get out of the museum and grounds - unbelievably great visit. 2 hour guided tour by a very knowledgeable friendly informative guide who provided answers to all our many questions! And all... More 

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Werribee, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Some great naval history in this area and a very beautiful spot to visit. It is also the area to visit the Chapel that was built by Italians WW2 Prisoners of War.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Beautiful former naval anchorage with amazing scenic views and walks throughout. Highly recommend going on a ferry to the island of Hoy as you cross over Scapa Flow.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

We travelled out over Scapa Flow by dive boat. Fantastic scenery, good seal spotting and a very special place. We stopped at Lyness on Hoy and visited the museum - well worth a visit.

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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

The journey across the barriers is really interesting. You need to read up before you go to get a sense of the location.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

My first visit to Scapa Flow was a most moving experience. my father served in the Navy during World War Two and spent time stationed on the Flow. It is indeed a place so full of history and so much larger that I had expected. A trip to the Museum at Lyness is well worth the trip from the mainland... More 

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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Very moving. We didn't have time to look into the history of Scapa Flow in depth, sadly. There are lots of books in the Tourist Information Office, but I think that the main exhibition is on the island of Hoy (ferry from Houton, East Mainland, I think - ferries also available from Stromness, but not directly to the battery)

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Alford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

The Scapa Flow museum was an excellent combination of museum, interactive activities, cafe and internal and externally placed memorabilia. Something for all members of the family with loads of activities for the kids. Some areas would be difficult for wheelchair access. The cafe had home bakes and a decent cuppa. Close to the Ferry port and an ideal day trip... More 

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Jedburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Lovely peaceful body of water which such an interesting history behind it. You pass over the Churchill barriers and dependant on the weather and tides you can see parts of the old block ships poking through the surface of the water.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Magnificent colours in all weathers! Sadly the blockships have almost disappeared, but you can still see the masts of one or two.

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