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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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Scapa Flow

Interesting place, lot of military history connected to Scapa Flow. The navel base has a lot of military history.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Interesting place, lot of military history connected to Scapa Flow. The navel base has a lot of military history.

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Trondheim, Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Well worth a visit. Has been important for navies for more than 1000 years. The Vikings used to gather their fleet here after crossing from Norway. The Home Fleet was stationed here during both world wars. The war museum on Hoy is especially recommended.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

interesting area. The Churchill barriers and sunken blockships to protect the fleet after a ship was sunk here by a German second world war submarine. It is also the place where the German WW1 fleet was scuttled by the Germans in 1919. There is currently a good exhibition at Stromness Museum on this.

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Christchurch, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

You can see Scapa Flow from lots of angles, it just dominates the landscapes around it, with deep waters, sparkly beaches, and quiet cattle grazing along the shore.

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Kingscliff, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Can't miss Scapa Flow as you drive from St Margaret's Hope to Kirkwell as we did coming off the ferry from Gills Bay. Interesting history from WW2 & good photo opportunity.

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Lanarkshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

A brilliant museum and tribute to our wartime heritage. It's done with live and care and us absolutely fascinating for the whole family - I can't believe its free!

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Carp, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Wow there is so much history in this area it should be compulsory for every student - we were aware of the events that had occured here but seeing it in real life was thrilling

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Columbus, Ohio, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

As a WWI and II buff I had read about, but never quite grasped the size, beauty, location, and WWII adjustments. Viewing Scapa Flow provides a sense of history, magnificent scenery, and a testimony as to what people will do to meet a challenge.

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London, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Such beautiful scenery and the history of the area and the harbour are fascinating. The scuppering of ships to block the harbour and then the building of the Churchill barriers is really interesting.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

We Americans know little of the impact of Scapa Flow on WWI and WWII, but a visit here, and to the Lyness Museaum will fix that. Impressive views of the last anchorage of the German High Seas Fleet from many angles.

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Address: Kirkwall, Scotland
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Orkney Islands  >  Mainland  >  Kirkwall

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