This tour includes a visit to the Italian Chapel, The Churchill Barriers, Scapa Flow and a trip around Kirkwall to include the St. Magnus Cathedral.
The Italian Chapel is a beautiful Chapel built by Italian prisoners during the 2nd World War. It was constructed out of two Nissan huts, using only materials that the prisoners could easily access while working on the building of the Churchill Barriers. Admission: adult £3 children under 12 free. Booking advisable.
The Churchill Barriers are a series of four causeways built to protect the eastern approaches to Scapa Flow (WW1 & WW2 base for the British fleet). The barriers were built by Italian prisoners, along with civilian workers. They were completed in 1944, but not officially opened until four days after the war in Europe finished in 1945. They now serve as permanent links to the islands in the South of the Orkney Mainland.
Scape Flow is the great natural harbour formed by a ring of islands and the mainland of Orkney. Scape Flow was used as the base for the British fleet during both world wars, and was also the site of the scuttling of the captured German fleet in 1919. Here the story of U-47 and the Royal Oak during your tour.
Kirkwall is the capital of Orkney and it’s main shopping and administration centre. Spend some time in the museum, browsing in the shops or sampling the local cuisine in one of the many excellent cafes and coffee shops. A tour of Kirkwall would not be complete without a visit to wonder at the magnificent St. Magnus cathedral, which dominates the town. Built by the Vikings to house the relics of St Magnus and started in 1137, it is a magnificent example of architecture using locally sourced red and yellow sandstone.
Please be aware that the weather in Orkney is extremely changeable, and that good walking shoes, warm and waterproof clothing, and a warm hat are recommended – even in Summer!