To many, just a name in the history books, but it was during WW1 and WW2 the British navy's major anchorage. Now it is fairly empty and the Navy has gone,but there was still plenty to see when I visited the Orkneys last month.
First off was the old Naval base on Hoy, But unfortunately while I was there the Scapa Flow Visitor Centre was closed for refurbishment, although we did have a guided walk around the site.
Important item - the buffalo burger van underneath a gun from the High Seas Fleet. The Orkneys are not renowned for their herds of buffalo, but these were made from local produce.
One remaining crane of four that were used to move the anti-submarine nets a section of which is underneath
A schematic of the site at its height
The extent of the visitor centre
The centre with some external exhibits, the oil tank behind also houses some more
The 150mm deck gun salvaged from the German mine-laying cruiser SMS Bremse that was scuttles along with the rest of the High Seas Fleet.
Ness battery commands the western entrance to the flow and is better preserved and has organised visits (but none convenient for me)
barracks and emplacements behind the wire
Fire Control Tower on Graemsay across Hoy Sound
Hoxa Head batteries
3 remains of the barrack blocks
The view across Hoxa Sound, the major entrance to the flow
On lower promontories are the searchlight positions
The height of the gun positions are quite surprising
6 inch gun position
Hoxa head from the sound
Fire control position on Flotta across the sound
A final view of Hoxa Head as we left Orkney