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Picture #8: The sheltered waters of Scapa Flow are part of
the sea despite being nearly surrounded by the Orkney
Mainland and the islands of Hoy, Flotta, Burray and South Ronaldsay.
"Scapa Flow" is a huge eighty square mile expanse of inland sea that provides a strategic natural harbour and this was well utilized in both of the world wars of the 20th Century. In 1919 the entire German fleet was firstly moored and later self-scuttled here. You can view these wrecks from glass-bottomed boats or go on diving expeditions. There are also some allied wrecks including "HMS Royal Oak" but visits to war graves like this one are not encouraged.