Explore Orkney's Wartime Past

Orkney played a pivotal role in both world wars and poignant reminders of these turbulent periods are etched on our landscape in the shape of the gun emplacements, watch towers and concrete bunkers that can still be seen today.

Orkney's wartime history is characterised by tales of bravery, camaraderie, tragedy and indomitable human spirit.

The stunning Italian chapel at Lamb Holm captures a sense of optimism, whilst the famous sheltered waters of Scapa Flow, home to the British Fleet during both world wars, serves as a constant reminder of Orkney's rich maritime history.

Looking for inspiration?

Take a look at our Wartime Itinerary for our must-see sights and top experiences.

See our video featuring all of Orkney's top wartime attractions.

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This unforgettable three-night experience for two adults will take you to the spectacular Orkney Islands where you’ll follow in the footsteps of mighty Viking rulers, learn about wartime heritage during two world wars, experience breathtaking natural landscapes, and explore the picturesque town of Stromness.

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