Scapa Flow

Scapa Flow, Kirkwall: Address, Scapa Flow Reviews: 4.5/5

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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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RobScott1970
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK150 contributions
Wonderful scenery
Oct 2020
A fabulous sea scape filled with history. We drove around as much of it as we could and loved the views we got. Would love to revisit in better times and weather and take a trip out on the water
Written 1 November 2020
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Mel J
Northallerton, UK1,097 contributions
Historic
Sep 2020 • Couples
This is such a historic stretch of water that is a must to visit, so much history, glad to see and the sunk ships are quite emotional
Written 15 October 2020
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katherine153
Lancaster, UK225 contributions
Full of history
Aug 2020
We recently visited the bay of Scapa Flow and the small naval history museum (unmanned and free to enter). This was especially meaningful to us as our son is a Royal Navy Diver and a few years ago was one of the divers who change the flag on the war grave of the Royal Oak, a ceremony carried out every year on the anniversary of the event. We were most disappointed that at present it is not possible to take a boat trip out onto Scapa Flow waters.
Written 13 September 2020
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Anne-Michelle S
7 contributions
Historic location
Aug 2020
We walked here from Kirkwall. I remember hearing about Scapa Flow at school and was amazed by the beautiful location but one with so much past. I found the various monuments and memories so evocative and picked a hand painted stone for a collection on the seawall. Thank you
Written 11 September 2020
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mark c
Hemel Hempstead, UK104 contributions
Amazing setting for historical drama
Sep 2020 • Couples
It’s difficult to imagine 75 German warships in this extensive natural harbour and even more difficult to believe that most were salvaged after they were scuttled. There is a poignancy there which reflects the loss of life from HMS Royal Oak and the Italian chapel, associated with the Churchill Barriers, marks a 75 year history or worship near the site.
A very moving place
Written 9 September 2020
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sarahsitacentral
4 contributions
amazing
Aug 2020
If you are a war buff this is a great place to see and if you are not a war buff read up about it on line. Its an amazing story
and lovely scenery to boot

Written 25 August 2020
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cpetts
Stenhousemuir, UK18 contributions
swim & breakfast bbq
Aug 2020
Brunch beach bbq, play and swim with husband and teenage son. Had researched a good place to swim and this was a close beach to our accommodation. We were the only people on the beach at 9.30am. We played frisbee on the sands and went in for a swim several times. Water was freezing cold, but we had on wetsuits. I had wetsuits socks and swim shoes on top so was warm enough but husband and son just had shoes so ankles were cold. All would have benefited from gloves. As the tide was out when we arrived we were out of our depth a few metres in but we swam about and saw the little fish there. We had taken a flask so needed a hot drink when we got out. Then we cooked a beach bbq we had brought with sausages and smores and sat and reflected the utter beauty of the place. I felt very lucky to be able to experience this, probably a once in a lifetime experience.
Written 24 August 2020
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Nbee
3 contributions
Living history
Aug 2020 • Family
Evocative historically and a beautiful sites
Well worth the visit to see where so many ships were sunk or scuppered.
Written 18 August 2020
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kayepeter
Bristol, UK194 contributions
take a camera
Feb 2020
take a camera, and take the time to get out of your car, as you can take some great pics, and see the itilian church as well
Written 9 February 2020
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Revatron
Kirkwall, UK374 contributions
Large area
Aug 2019
Scapa Flow covers a large area along different islands. Beaches, cliffs, walking, fishing, wildlife watching. Take your pick!
Written 30 January 2020
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