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Scapa bay is one of our most used and popular places to launch and paddle from and gives both beginners and more experienced paddlers a safe place to learn, practice their skills and gain confidence.

Big sandy beaches and secluded rocky shorelines, a waterfall and even a whisky distillery! A short paddle in any direction and you get the feeling of openness and adventure.

Even for the relative beginner, a trip from Scapa to St Mary’s village means you can encounter cliffs, coves, small sandstone caves and nesting birds while in a safe and sheltered environment.

We pass the buoy marking the site where HMS Royal Oak still lies more than 80 years after she was struck by a torpedo from a German U-boat with the loss of 835 lives, she is now a war grave and a stark reminder of the history of Orkney and its role in the war efforts.