The Cove At Skara Brae Is Good Snorkelling

Orkney Snorkelling

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Orkney is not the worlds most obvious place to go out for a swim, I prefer warm water, but in the summer it is not too bad and the Med is a long way off. With a wetsuit on and in the right conditions it is a good place to go out. But as with all the waters around the British Isles there are strong currents and tidal rips so pick a spot with care. There are also no lifeguards here, since not many people choose to swim here.

I only ventured out twice here, once in the Bay a Skara Brae and once in Skapa Flow when the water was nice and calm. It’s great when you are in with plenty to see in the kelp, but is not for the faint hearted.

Both spot have there own claim to fame, Skapa Flow was where the British fleet resided during the war, and as such there are numerous defences still visible and few sunken ships around. Skara Brae is home to one of the oldest known settlements in Europe, it is probably more sensible to look around this than go for a swim for most people.

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