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This treacherous pass made ship navigation difficult, resulting in over 10 sunken ship wrecks, providing an excellent dive site.
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped off here whilst driving to our accommodation. Was limited areas to park and very limited information about the site , but maybe we weren't in the right place. We actually said to ourselves is this Scarpa flow? I knew the history of the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Redkitewatcher64
Reviewed November 18, 2018

If you are a WWII buff, this place is well worth the visit. Driving by and seeing these hulking ships lurking in the water is fascinating if you know the history behind it. Even if you're not a WWII buff, it's worth it just to...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank BL_adventure
Reviewed November 1, 2018

I knew what this was before I visited and there are some interesting overlooks with information shields, but there is really little to see. It is mostly empty of ships, some rusting hulks and concrete barriers. Still, an interesting place.

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Ken L
Reviewed October 31, 2018

This vast deep water harbour has to be see to be appreciated. A favourite for scjba divers who can inspect scuttled battleships!

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Wisest-old-man
Reviewed October 23, 2018

An important pat of the history, do a little research before your trip or go on one of the tours to get the background to these wrecks.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Rittmr
Reviewed October 21, 2018 via mobile

Scapa Flow was such an important site during the two world wars. Not only that, but it is really quite beautiful. We had an Orkney walks book which to be honest is the only reason we found the walk we did. It took you along...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank bethmaryclayton
Reviewed October 11, 2018

This is an amazing WW2 construction project. There are three Churchill Barriers connecting Mainland Orkney to the southern islands, Lambholm, Glimpsholm and South Ronaldsay. If you're interested in war history this is a place you'll want to see. Indeed Orkney is a fascinating destination for...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank David A
Reviewed October 2, 2018

I saw the wrecks from a view from the Churchill barriers. I gather if you are a diver you can get a much better look. that would be interesting.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Doreen J
Reviewed September 19, 2018 via mobile

Orkney in general, and Scarpa Flow specifically played major roles for both the German & British navies during both of last century’s world wars. Ships were scuttled, ships were sunk. Some strategically, some in protest and some by enemy action. Fascinating history and our guide...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank pakabay
Reviewed September 19, 2018

We went on a tour bus from the town and were taken across the "Churchill Barriers" . It was amazing to see this achievement.

Date of experience: August 2018
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DIAMONDMEN1
July 16, 2017|
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Response from Josephine J | Reviewed this property |
Cruise liner passengers can book coach trips via their Shore Excursion company. If you want a private tour then check out ideas in the "Notes" [see LH column] of Facebook page for Personalised Orkney Tours.
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February 3, 2017|
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Response from Bret W | Reviewed this property |
Hi, As Scapa Flow is a popular spot for divers I would have thought during the summer there would be plenty of opportunities to hire someone to take you out on a boat. There is a good tourist information office in... More
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May 14, 2016|
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Our tour, "Orkney's Neolithic Heartland," began at 1:45 p.m. and ended at 5:15 p.m.. We passed Scapa Flow en-route. Our tour guide was a local and was a wealth of information. He explained the history of this body of... More
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
War Museum Lyness (1 Replies)
Many people miss this great place. You have to go to Hoy which is a South Isle or Orkney. You take the Ferry from Houton Bay, the journey is about 35 minutes long. The cost per adult is about £7.50 return. On the way to the museum you can see many seals on Holme Island at Houton Bay. You will pass another Six Island before you get to Lyness. There is Flotta, Fara, Cava, Barrel of Butter, Rysa and Holme of Houton Bay. You will see amazing birds on the way and flora and fauna in Hoy is amazing....More
August 17, 2008|
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I agree that Hoy is well worth a visit, as is the museum. As Kyoko says, the boat trip itself is great, and the walk to the old Man is spectacular. It was pouring with rain when I did it but amazing nonetheless.
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One day on Mainland, Orkney (15 Replies)
Hi there everyone, on day two of our cruise this summer (Sunday 10th July) we will be in Kirkwall, we have been to Kirkwall before and went to Skara Brae, ring of Brodgar and saw the Churchill barriers around Scapa Flow, we loved the place. This time we will hire a car again, our main interests are wildlife, scenery and history of the place. Anyone got any suggestions for things we missed last time?
January 09, 2011|
Response fromfifporter|
Orkney is really special, isn't it? Not sure if you will have time, but you could have a really interesting day heading across to Stromness (which has loads of character) and taking the ferry across to Hoy. That is a fascinating island to drive round - rackwick bay is stunning and seals and otters can sometimes be seen there.
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Wincanton, United Kingdom
3 days in Orkney - help with Itinerary please (24 Replies)
Hi, We're visiting Edinburgh for the festival in August and have taken a 3 day side trip to Orkney arriving by plane and staying at the Youth Hostel in Kirkwall. My father was stationed in Orkney from 1940 to 42 serving in various coastal artillery regiments so I would like to visit some WWII buildings and I remember him saying he was at Scapa Flow. We would also like to see Skara Brae, Ring of Brodgar, Maeshowe & Ness of Brodgar but not sure how feasible it is to do all of this. One of...More
April 01, 2016|
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Sorry I meant to add the links (although TA have spelt Birsay wrong :-) ) https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Rev… and https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Rev…