We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Review Highlights
An Interesting World War relic

It is a pleasant walk from the parking area along Stromness Mouth. You have a splendid view of... read more

Reviewed 6 February 2019
Phoenix, Arizona
Unexpected treat - very informative.

Excellent tour (1 hour +) by very knowledgable guide - background, life stories, engineering... read more

Reviewed 9 October 2018
Greater London, United Kingdom
Read all 86 reviews
All photos (41)
Full view
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent77%
  • Very good16%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“mess hall”(12 reviews)
Ness Battery is accessible by guided tour only. Please call for details. Tours available all year round - times of tours on our website. Extra tours running at other times too - call for latest times. Please note - it is not a visitor centre or...more
Guardhouse Park, Stromness, Scotland
+44 7759 857298
Improve This Listing
Reviews (86)
Filter reviews
86 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Show reviews that mention
All reviews mess hall military history excellent tour guided tour scapa flow world war rural life informative guide pleasant walk his knowledge parking area well worth a visit andy ww2 murals defences wars
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 86 reviews
Reviewed 6 February 2019

It is a pleasant walk from the parking area along Stromness Mouth. You have a splendid view of Graemsay and the high mountains of Hoy. The tide flow through the Mouth is very strong and dramatic.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Yrneh1
Reviewed 9 October 2018

Excellent tour (1 hour +) by very knowledgable guide - background, life stories, engineering, geography all covered. Well worth doing.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Fargo2016
Reviewed 24 August 2018

We visited the Ness Battery and HMS Tern - Andy was our tour guide for both these sites on the same day. He was excellent and very knowledgeable about the history of both sites. We highly recommend these 2 separate tours for World War 2...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank jsma9066
Reviewed 24 August 2018 via mobile

Excellent tour. Would highly recommend. Andy is very knowledgeable about the battery and lots of information shared well worth a visit. Transports you back in time and the visit to the mess hall is amazing. Would also reccomend the tour at HMS Tern.

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank hollie2386
Reviewed 13 July 2018

A lot of interesting information about the 1st and 2nd world wars well worth the visit, and beautiful views. You need to check the times of the visit each day as they varey.

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Carol C
Reviewed 3 July 2018 via mobile

Being a Gunner myself I decided to do this tour of Scapa Flow & Ness Battery this tour is a guided tour only. Our guide Andy was Excellent his military history was spot on, in Ness Battery he knew it all from photos of the...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Stockers104
Andrew H, Owner at Ness Battery, responded to this reviewResponded 4 July 2018

Thanks, Lee. Much appreciated feedback. I enjoyed taking you and the group round the battery. Great to speak to a gunner too, don’t get the chance very often! All the best Andy

Reviewed 1 July 2018

Orkney is littered with remains of ww1 and ww2 defences due to the role the harbour of Scapa Flow served in both wars. airfields. Most of these ruins have just been abandonded and you are free to walk around. The difference with the Ness Battery...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Monkeys_Mum_and_Dad
Andrew H, Owner at Ness Battery, responded to this reviewResponded 4 July 2018

Thanks for that, glad you enjoyed it! All the best Andy

Reviewed 28 June 2018

The Ness battery sits further along the shoreline from Stromness, very close to the caravan site and golf course. There are directions and information about the tour times on the Ness Battery website, the tour times also appear on their twitter feed, so be warned...More

Date of experience: May 2018
2  Thank AlexMacdd
Reviewed 9 April 2018 via mobile

Mr Andrew Hollinrake was the guide and his knowledge of and enthusiasm for the site was infectious. This place may not appeal to everyone but if you are interested in WW2 history or the history of Orkney it is a must. As well as a...More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank Hodge47
Reviewed 2 March 2018 via mobile

Despite the wind and snow Andy was an excellent and informative guide who knows lots about the site and Orkney's military history in general. Andy was also really flexible in terms of timing of the tour out of season, to fit in with guests who...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank Balanced_reviews
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 16 nearby hotels
Orca Hotel
62 reviews
.92 miles away
Stromness Hotel
251 reviews
.97 miles away
Standing Stones Hotel
211 reviews
4.14 miles away
Merkister Hotel
370 reviews
7.69 miles away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 68 nearby restaurants
219 reviews
.80 miles away
The Tearoom
67 reviews
.82 miles away
Scapa Flow Restaurant
111 reviews
.99 miles away
Royal Hotel
93 reviews
.93 miles away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 110 nearby attractions
Stromness Museum
187 reviews
.57 miles away
Pier Arts Centre
156 reviews
.95 miles away
Stromness Golf Club
15 reviews
.34 miles away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
Josephine J
18 February 2015|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from Andrew H | Property representative |
Hello. The best spot is at the turning bay right down at end of road through the golf course, from which there is a short walk up the slope c. 75yds up to the entrance gate to battery. Or you can park at the camp site at... More