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Scapa Flow

Kirkwall, Scotland
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This treacherous pass made ship navigation difficult, resulting in over 10 sunken ship wrecks, providing an excellent dive site.
  • Excellent66%
  • Very good28%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“natural harbour” (12 reviews)
“high seas” (8 reviews)
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Kirkwall, Scotland
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"churchill barriers"
in 63 reviews
"natural harbour"
in 12 reviews
"high seas"
in 8 reviews
"world war"
in 13 reviews
"beautiful stretch"
in 3 reviews
"southern islands"
in 3 reviews
"royal oak"
in 16 reviews
"naval history"
in 8 reviews
"german navy"
in 4 reviews
"stunning scenery"
in 5 reviews
"u boat"
in 9 reviews
"italian chapel"
in 16 reviews
"low tide"
in 5 reviews
"italian prisoners of war"
in 4 reviews
"south ronaldsay"
in 3 reviews
"st margaret's hope"
in 3 reviews
"well worth a visit"
in 17 reviews
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Reviewed 4 days ago

My reason for coin to Orkney was to see this. I had hoped for a boat trip to see the German scuttled ships but had to settle for the ferry to Hoy.

Thank Maigemu299
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The block ships and Churchill Barriers from the second world war are simply amazing and must be seen. A reminder of how different our world could have been if the world wars had taken a different turn. Stunning!

2  Thank Caravanjo
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Go at low tide to see many of the wrecks, go over the barriers to see The Italian Chapel, The Eagles Tomb and much more. An easy drive from Kirkwall

Thank Carol C
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing place with great history, it also felt eerie at times the sunken ships at the Churchill barriers and the bouy marking the spot where has royal oak was sunk with 800 plus lives lost.

1  Thank Rob M
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This body of water is really lovely...on a calm day. It can be very rough though. We just got lucky. The Flow is really beautiful and you can see the Ocadian Islands as you cross to mainland Orkney.

Thank Julie D
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a drive out to Scapa as I knew about the WE2 event & I wanted to see it all for myself. I was moved by the Royal Oak memorial & the memorial building with all the tributes on view. It took me back to...More

Thank michael d
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It isn't possible to miss the sight of Scapa Flow if you are in the main island at Orkney. I found it wasn't difficult to imagine the sight of all the Dreadnoughts there in WWI and then the German fleet before it was scuttled. You...More

1  Thank hilarymunro
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is an amazing place steeped in history, some of which is tragic from during the first and second world wars. This is a significant place for families who have lost loved ones here and is a pilgrimage for some. As a natural harbour it...More

Thank Dannykimweed
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are interested in world war history to visit Scapa Flow is a must. Read about it first to get the most out of it.

Thank Iverette
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Scapa Flow is a place I have wanted to see this the place Winston Churchill ordered block ships sunk and barriers to protect the fleet anchorage in 1939. The anchorage was excellent for the home fleet at the end of WW1 the Germans were order...More

Thank Lee S
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DIAMONDMEN1
16 July 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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Gill0712
3 February 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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Elaine W
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Response from GrumpyandtheOldLady | Reviewed this property |
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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