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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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History in wartime

WW1 WW2 For the generalist and the military history buff a must visit The Italian chapel,the Lyness musuem the Churchill barriers excellant.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
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Banbury, United Kingdom
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Fife, Scotland
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41 reviews 41 reviews
6 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

Beautiful views . Historic harbour with the Churchhill barriers. For those interested in naval history it is a must.

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Alcester, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

A real piece of history, go to the Stromness museum to read up all about the Scapa Flow ship wrecks -

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Banbury, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

WW1 WW2 For the generalist and the military history buff a must visit The Italian chapel,the Lyness musuem the Churchill barriers excellant.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015 via mobile

Full of maritime history, amazingly still has wreckage from World War 1. The Italian chapel a must see, for its history. Remember to ask the story of the little heart below the gates at the alter.

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

The history, The views what more can I say !! Well the site wants at least 100 words so advice would be to get a good local guide such as Patricia Long to give you the stories and the whole area will come to life for you !!

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Stranraer, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

very interesting museum. Went there with the ferry. Not much to do around which can be a bit disappointed as documentation seems to make you believe you can spend more time there. Nice Coffee shop. Museum more enjoyable by a nice weather as some of it is outside.

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Surrey, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Scapa Flow is really something you cannot miss in Orkney. I mean this literally. This huge area of water was a safe anchorage for shipping throughout hundreds of years. Great to visit and even more so to go on. We recommend taking a ferry across to Hoy as you pass straight over the top of the sunken German Fleet.

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Cairns, Australia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

I am more of an ancient history girl, but there is just SO much to capture you imagination at Skapa Flow, apart from the natural beauty of Orkney, the Churchill Barriers are inventive, amazing and vital, the hulls and masts of the battleship wrecks still appearing above the water line are sad and romantic, the wartime memories and important historical... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

I had read about scapa flow but it was not until i visited that the maritime strategic significance of this site sunk in. It is worth a look but if you don't know of its place in world events of 1914 .. 1918 then i would advise you to do a little research before you visit.

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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28 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

We were lucky enough to have booked a tour with Kinlay of Orkney Uncovered so we had a personal tour of the area and a detailed explanation of the history of Scapa Flow in both world wars. There is still so much to see from those times and the changes geographically to the coastline over time are very evident here.

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