- Scapa Flow
Overview of Scapa Flow during WWI and WWII
- WWII Munitions Factory Lyness
Visit what remains of a WWII Munitions factory. Very interesting site, gives you a real feel of how important Lyness was in Orkney’s defences in WWII.
- Martello Tower & Hackness Battery
Guided tour of Napoleonic Fort which also played a vital defence role in WWI and WWII. Learn about the defensive strategy of Crockness and Hackness Martello Towers.
- Longhope Fishing village
Overview of Longhope village and the important part it played during WWI and WWII. See Longhope Sound and hear about the protection it provided for merchant ships during the Napoleonic Era.
- Wee Fea Hill and Scenic views
Overview of WWII Naval Headquarters and Communication Centre. See where 230 WRNS were based by mid-1944 and the vital communication role they played. Visit the site of the WWII underground oil installation base. Learn about its construction, oil capacity, purpose and the Golden Wharf. Beautiful views overlooking Scapa Flow and surrounding Hoy hillsides.
- Lyrawa Hill
Visit Lyrawa Hill viewpoint and see spectacular views out over the Western Approaches to Scapa Flow.
- Rackwick Beach – Visit Rackwick beach and go on a short walk to the Bothy. See beautiful views over the Rackwick sea cliffs and Pentland Firth
- Dwarfie Stane – Visit this superb 5000 year old Neolithic Chambered Tomb, carved out of a huge slab of Devonian bedrock.
- Lunch at the Beneath the Hill Café – Beautiful views over the Hoy hills and various seascapes. Delicious choice of freshly prepared local foods.
- Lyness Royal Naval Cemetery
Visit the Lyness Naval Cemetery where heroes lie from both World Wars including those from HMS Hampshire sunk by a mine off the Birsay coast in 1916. HMS Vanguard which exploded off Flotta in 1917 and HMS Royal Oak which was torpedoed in 1939. There are a number of German Sailors buried here from the scuttling of the German fleet in 1919.
- HMS Proserpine
An overview of amazing sites and structures at Lyness Naval Base during WWI and WWII. This includes the WWII recreation centre, torpedo blast shelters, boom defence and much more. Unique Luftwaffe aerial reconnaissance and other aerial pictures shown.
- Scapa Flow Visitor Centre and Museum
Fantastic!! A must for WWI and WWII enthusiasts or anyone interested in Orkney’s wartime history. Visit the Oil Tank display and see actual WWI and WWII transport including the Universal Carrier. See the Romney Hut and a full size torpedo, or go on a hunt for smaller Anderson Air Raid Shelters.
- Arctic Convoys Memorial
Visit this newly erected Arctic Memorial, unveiled by Russian and British WWII Veterans in May 2013. Remember those who fought and served in the dangerous Arctic convoys.
- Air Raid Shelter
Take a step back in time and see inside and walk through the main Air Raid Shelter for Lyness Naval Base in WWII. Learn about the construction and its defence against Luftwaffe aerial attacks. This is an amazing part of WWII history in Orkney.
(Please note that you may choose to do a selection of these sites and spend some time going for a walk)
Ferry Times – Houton to Lyness 10:15am therefore pick up at approx. 09:00am depending on where you are staying on Orkney’s Mainland
Old Man of Hoy Walking Tour- Should you wish to walk the Old Man of Hoy, this walk is guided and takes approximately 3 hours round trip from Rackwick Beach car park.
Please note that this tour is weather dependent and terrain is moderate to difficult. You will require a certain level of fitness in which to walk to the Old Man of Hoy and back. We would recommend taking the early 8am ferry across to Hoy as this will give you time to have a good lunch after the walk and see some of the other excellent sites in Hoy.
- Prices on request. Prices inclusive of return price on Ferry to Lyness. Admissions to Hackness Battery and Martello Tower are included where stated. Bottled mineral water and snacks.
- Places to eat: Beneath the Hill Café – Great home cooked food including Orkney scallops, meats and much more. Pumping House Café – Excellent array of soups, sandwiches, home bakes, teas and coffees.
- Our transport accommodates up to 7 guests.
- Visual aids, commentary and aerial cartography, where appropriate, accompany this tour.
- Walking – moderate.
- Some steep steps on the Martello Tower.
- Toilet and refreshment stops en route.
- Recommend warm and waterproof clothing and comfortable walking shoes.
- Tour may be subject to change due to adverse weather conditions.
If you would like more information or to enquire about this tour send an enquiry directly from this website.