Orkney has been inhabited for about 8,500 years,
with many Stone Circles, Stone Houses built into the
ground, and Stone Chambered Cairns for Burials.
Skara Brae is the
best known, a Village from 3,000 BC.
The oldest Stone House still standing in Northern
Europe is the Knap of Howar from 3500
The Islands were taken over by the Vikings in the
800s, then taken over by the Scots in the 1400s.
St Magnus Cathedral
in Kirkwall is the top building from Viking
Cliffs & Beaches are also Top Attractions.
At the end of World War One in 1918, 74 of the
German High Seas Fleet was transferred to Scapa Flow
in Orkney awaiting a decision on their future.
The German Sailors sunk all the Ships on 21 June
1919 to prevent them from being used by the British,
French and Americans.
Most of the Ships were salvaged, 7 remain sunk,
now popular with many Divers from around the
The 3 Konig Class
Battleships that fought at the Battle of Jutland are
by the small Island of Cava, the SMS Konig, SMS
Kronprinz Wilhelm, and SMS Markgraf. These are
claimed to be the most accessible Battleship Dives in
the World. All 3 Vessels are huge, approx 26,000
tonnes, 576ft long, with 12inch guns.
Sapa Flow Warships .