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“natural harbour”(12 reviews)
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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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Kirkwall, Scotland
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All reviews churchill barriers natural harbour high seas british naval history italian chapel royal oak beautiful stretch southern islands square miles world war stunning scenery u boat low tide st margaret's hope south ronaldsay well worth a visit great history
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an amazing WW2 construction project. There are three Churchill Barriers connecting Mainland Orkney to the southern islands, Lambholm, Glimpsholm and South Ronaldsay. If you're interested in war history this is a place you'll want to see. Indeed Orkney is a fascinating destination for...More

Thank David A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I saw the wrecks from a view from the Churchill barriers. I gather if you are a diver you can get a much better look. that would be interesting.

Thank Doreen J
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Orkney in general, and Scarpa Flow specifically played major roles for both the German & British navies during both of last century’s world wars. Ships were scuttled, ships were sunk. Some strategically, some in protest and some by enemy action. Fascinating history and our guide...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went on a tour bus from the town and were taken across the "Churchill Barriers" . It was amazing to see this achievement.

Thank HawaiiSeaDog
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited very early on a superb morning - the weather was gorgeous. We got some wonderful photos but could imagine it would be quite depressing in inclement weather.

Thank Susi D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We roamed the Scapa area in a tour bus and stopped at various interesting sites. Our local guide was excellent and recounted many of the tales of the role of Scapa in the two World Wars. Especially interesting to me as my father was stationed...More

Thank Eddiehump
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Scapa Flow was an important harbour in both world wars. It contains a war grave and other remains of the conflict. The only way so see what a special harbour it is is to go and see it - books and photos do not do...More

Thank LightAleCavalier
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Obviously this now just looks like a loch a few yards from the sea, but you need to know the story behind it and the absolutely essential part it played in 2 wars.

Thank global-traveller48
Reviewed 10 September 2018

We stumbled on this place and could not have been more impressed. Wiki media provides all the info you need to know. Wow! How amazing.

Thank orders2016
Reviewed 9 September 2018 via mobile

Forget the history, scenery, tranquility and natural splendour, if you got a dog they’re going to LOVE the beautiful sandy deserted beaches

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DIAMONDMEN1
17 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
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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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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