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Address: Kirkwall, Scotland
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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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Visually stunning

Do travel this way to see this excellent piece of wartime history. Even in pouring rain it is still visually stunning. Go onto the Italian chapel. Go to the Lyness museum [free... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Do travel this way to see this excellent piece of wartime history. Even in pouring rain it is still visually stunning. Go onto the Italian chapel. Go to the Lyness museum [free] on Hoy but make sure you book a ferry crossing if you want to take your car and do that before you arrive in Orkney, I would suggest.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

interesting to learn about the suffering and the waste of lives, my wife's great grandfather perished at Scapa Flow .

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Driffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Awesome and staggering place. I never knew it was so important to the UK in wartime. In peacetime, it is a beautiful place that can easily inspire you. Thought provoking. Peaceful. Beautiful. Surprising. A sea grave to so many.

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Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Experience some of the history that lies within the water in and around the Orkneys--from early Viking to WW2--there is much to see and hear.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You can see why the British navy made Scapa flow its home - its a panoramic safe natural harbour. In the first world war the german navy were contained there whilst the treaty of versailles was negotiated but they scuttled their fleet to stop the British getting their ships before the treaty was signed. Many ships that sank were salvaged... More 

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You will love Scapa Flow, the name given to the natural harbor in the Orkney Islands where Churchill protected his wartime fleet from the Germans. Later he used Scapa Flow to sink the German fleet at the conclusion of WW II. You can now see the remains of the various ships as they have risen partially to the surface. Scuba... More 

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Kirkwall, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If every fleet in the world were anchored in Scapa Flow, they could be fitted in 9 times over. It was here that the British Fleet were anchored during both World Wars and the captured German Fleet was scuttled in 1919. Following the sinking of the battleship HMS Royal Oak by U- 47, on 14th October 1939, Churchill ordered the... More 

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Rochdale, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

we had a good hour here,the museum is very interesting.had the best pot of tea all week,in a proper tea pot not metal,well wearth a visit

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Kirkwall, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Lovely beaches, Amazing wildlife, Seals, Otters, Seabirds and on a really good day ..ORCAS ! Boat trips available and worth taking. Lots of history left over from the two great wars.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016 via mobile

Need to know the history. Otherwise, this is just an empty body of water. There was the exposed hull of a sunken ship and the road between the islands were on concrete blocks between them. These were the churchill's barriers built for defense.

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