Scapa Flow Visitor Centre and Museum
The main site is closed for major renovations until 2020, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Orkney Islands Council, Historic Environment Scotland, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Museums Galleries Scotland and LEADER.
During this period, there is a temporary exhibition in the Hoy Hotel, Lyness, half a mile from the ferry terminal and adjacent to the Lyness Royal Naval Cemetery. The exhibition is a great first stop for visitors to the island and has lots of information on all the other activities and attractions available on Hoy.
Visitors can virtually explore the main site via a 360-degree touch screen photo presentation, as well as finding out all about the history of Scapa Flow during two world wars. During the closure period, The Orkney Museum in Kirkwall will be displaying a changing selection of objects from the wartime collection.
From April – October there are regular guided walks around the remains of the former naval base, led by museum staff. Booking is advised, and there is a charge for the walk.
1 March - 30 April
Monday to Saturday: 10:00 - 16:00.
1 May to 30 September
Monday to Sunday: 10:00 - 16:00.
1 October to 31 October
Monday to Saturday: 10:00 - 16:00.
1 November to 28 February
Limited opening hours. Please get in touch ahead of your visit to check times as these will vary depending on staff availability.
Email: Jude Callister.
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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