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Diving Orkney

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There is a wealth of wreck diving in Orkney. In 1919, at least 52 vessels of the German fleet were scuttled in Scapa Flow on the Orkney Islands off Scotland’s Northern coast. These wrecks offer a great array of marine life to discover in the clean cool waters of the UK.

From a marine life point of view, the wrecks are covered in orange and yellow soft corals. The wrasses came to play while the crabs shy away and hide in holes. Marine life highlights are the sun starfish and the plumose anemone.

When to dive Orkney

The dive season in Orkney traditionally runs between April and early November, with the sea temperature reaching around 13°C/ 55°F by mid-September. A drysuit is recommended when diving here.

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Kirkwall airport is the main airport on Orkney, with flights from various locations around the UK. Direct ferries are available from Aberdeen as well as the north of Scotland near John O'Groats.

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