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Scapa Flow Visitor Centre and Museum

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 (opening planned for 30 May 2018) will be housed in alternative premises at Lyness. Full details will be posted here shortly.

There will also be regular guided walks around the Lyness Wartime Trail, which highlights some of the surviving buildings and includes a visit to the Lyness Royal Naval Cemetery.

The walk can also be done as a self-guided trail using the excellent Lyness Wartime Trail leaflet, which is available from Visit Orkney offices, The Orkney Museum in Kirkwall and at Lyness. If you would like an electronic copy of the leaflet then please email Museums.

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.

Contact Details


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.

Further Information

More information about the wartime history of Scapa Flow is available from the ‘Related Sites’ section of this page.

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