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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%
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“natural harbour” (10 reviews)
“world war” (13 reviews)
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Kirkwall, Scotland
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"churchill barriers"
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"natural harbour"
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"world war"
in 13 reviews
"high seas"
in 7 reviews
"beautiful stretch"
in 3 reviews
"southern islands"
in 3 reviews
"german submarine"
in 3 reviews
"naval history"
in 8 reviews
"stunning scenery"
in 5 reviews
"royal oak"
in 14 reviews
"u boat"
in 9 reviews
"low tide"
in 5 reviews
"italian chapel"
in 15 reviews
"italian prisoners of war"
in 4 reviews
"well worth a visit"
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"south ronaldsay"
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"local guide"
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had happen to visit Kirkwall and stayed at the hostel . They offered me a bike on rent to go and visit the Churchill Barriers which was a great site . The overall history behind the sinking of the ships to protect the people...More

1  Thank CaptUnmesh
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Reviewed 9 April 2018 via mobile

Crossed it via the Churchill Barriers and ran along the beach near Kirkwall. Windy, wet and quite wild.

1  Thank Angela2099
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

Such a nice area, all of Orkney is beautiful, found this area particularly nice. Very cold when we visited hopefully will visit in the summer

1  Thank Karen R
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Reviewed 21 March 2018 via mobile

I don’t feel like there is much to see here. Perhaps if you were a big history buff this would be worth it, but it was far from a highlight of the trip.

1  Thank Sara R
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

As the largest naturall harbour in the northern hemisphere, second only in size to Australia's Sydney Harbour, the constantly changing scenery as you navigate around the perimeter of the anchorage is never short of spectacular. More than that, it has been the home of the...More

2  Thank MrsJosephineJones
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Reviewed 24 February 2018 via mobile

Worth driving between the East Mainland of Orkneys and the islands to the south, to drive over the Churchill Barriers and see the shipwrecks nearby.

1  Thank Backpacker_Bill
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Reviewed 27 January 2018 via mobile

Excellent information boards and pull ins to admire the views. Going out of season works well as it is less busy. Highly recommended.

1  Thank Honesty
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Reviewed 28 December 2017

In WWII, Churchill ordered ships to be scuttled in the water between some of the smaller islands to prevent enemy ships and submarines from attacking the British fleet housed at Scapa Flow. The hulls of some of these ships are still visible.

1  Thank FloydBaran
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Reviewed 18 November 2017

Following the sinking of the HMS Royal Oak in 1940 and to protect one of the largest natural harbors in the world, Scapa Flow, from the Germans during World War II, Churchill ordered the building of the barriers that would be called the Churchill Barriers....More

1  Thank Trainbook
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Reviewed 28 October 2017

Fascinating are the Orkneys and Scapa is the natural bay of life - seals with cubs, mackarels fresh on the gril, stupendous diving, the best islanders, best scots. Buy the OS map and the rest is yours. It is all about the see/sea.

Thank rv15243
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DIAMONDMEN1
17 July 2017|
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Response from MrsJosephineJones | 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
4 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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