Come on a journey with us to explore this fascinating island. Our Fortress Flotta tour covers the island of Flotta during WWI and WWII in detail. Most of the sites are accessible by vehicle and a short walk over light to medium terrain. This is an island that is vastly under explored and is a fascinating island to visit.
- Flotta and Scapa Flow
Head over to the island of Flotta, meaning Flat Island in Old Norse. We will take the ferry straight over Scapa Flow. As we approach Flotta we will give you an overview of the old WWI King George V pier on the Golta peninsula.
- Golta and Talisman Energy
Drive under the gas flare at the Talisman oil terminal on Flotta. Orkney Uncovered will gain special and exclusive access to this side of the island through the oil terminal.
- Z-Battery at Golta
Visit the remains of one of the most rarely visited and what would have been the most powerful rocket battery in Britain during WWII. Known as the Scapa Barrage. 25 Heavy Anti-Aircraft batteries, supported by numerous Light Anti-Aircraft posts and rocket sites, all manned by the Army.
- YMCA building and St Vincent Pier
Visit the remains of the YMCA recreation building from 1917. This building would have been enormous and made from sandstone and used by Officers. Large fireplaces and chimneys remain today. Visit St Vincent pier, built primarily for a landing point for the YMCA building.
- Bomb Craters
Short walk away from the south of YMCA building lie 5 craters filled with water. These were made by German carpet bombing of the defences of Golta during WWII. Impressive to say the least.
- Boom Defence and the Calf of Flotta
See what remains of the anti-submarine boom net defence network, protecting Weddel Sound between Flotta, Calf of Flotta and Fara. The area of water is still inaccessible for most vessels.
- Scapa Flow Viewpoint
Drive up to scenic viewing point to see aerial view of Scapa Flow.. Panoramic views over this small island. Buchannan Battery
Superb Coast Defence battery. Guided tour of one of the best examples of a TWIN 6pdr still left today in Northern Scotland. (Easily accessible).
- Stanger Head Port War Signal Station
All vessels coming in and out of the Southern Approaches to Hoxa Sound would signal this position. Flotta Kirk and War Memorial
Charming Kirk nestled on the Flotta South shores.
- NEB Battery
Visit the site of the powerful Neb WWII battery. Home to a TWIN 6pdr for defence against Motor Torpedo Boats and two 12pdr position for heavier defence against large vessels..
- Flotta Airfield
Drive around the perimeter of Flotta passing by Flotta Airstrip used in the 1970’s for construction of the Oil Terminal.
- Naval Cinema
Visit what remains of the WWII Flotta Naval Cinema. Impressive structure. You can still see the projection ports and what was once the main entrance.