Scapa Flow Visitor Centre and Museum
Major renovation of Scapa Flow Visitor Centre and Museum, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Orkney Islands Council, Historic Environment Scotland, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and LEADER, will be ongoing until Spring 2020.
During this period, a temporary exhibition will be housed in the Hoy Hotel, Lyness.
2018 Opening Times
30 June - 23 September
Sun – Fri: 10:00 - 16:00.
Saturday: 10:00 - 15:00.
24 September - 31 October
Mon – Fri: 10:00 - 16:00.
Saturday: 10:00 - 15:00.
Limited opening during the winter may also be possible, and we will give an update as we move into the winter season.
please note that there are no public toilets available at the exhibition premises - facilities are available in the Lyness Ferry Waiting Room.
Getting to the Exhibition
Bus: A community bus service meets some ferries and can stop at the Hoy Hotel - please visit the ' Community Bus' web page available from the 'Related Sites' section of this page for the current timetable. Please note that a day’s notice is required for the carriage of non-collapsible wheelchairs.
Car: Follow the B9048 to the T-junction; the Hoy Hotel is opposite, on the right. To access the car park, turn right and then first left. The exhibition entrance is at the rear of the building.
On foot / by bike: The Hoy Hotel is c.1 mile from the ferry terminal. Follow the B9048 to the T-junction; the Hoy Hotel is opposite, on the right. The exhibition entrance is at the rear of the building. Collect a copy of the Lyness Wartime Trail leaflet from the ferry waiting room to see what this area looked like during WW2.
Please check this site for news and updates prior to your visit.
Guided Walks around the Lyness Wartime Trail
A guided walk around the remains of the former Royal Naval Base at Lyness takes place at 11:00 each Tuesday and Thursday, starting on Tuesday 3 April 2018 - meet outside the Ferry Waiting Room at Lyness. The two hour walk is mainly on the road and includes a visit to the Royal Naval Cemetery at Lyness.
The walk cost £5 and as places are limited, booking is advised - please email Museums or telephone 01856791300.
Group bookings (8-16 people) can be arranged for other times - please enquire using the contact details above.
Scapa Flow Visitor Centre and Museum, Lyness, Hoy, Orkney, KW16 3NU.
Travel information, including ferry timetables to Hoy and bus timetables for Hoy and Walls, is available from the ‘Related Sites’ section.
More information about the wartime history of Scapa Flow is available from the ‘Related Sites’ section of this page.
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