Churchill Barriers

Orkney | Burray / Mainland / South Ronaldsay | Vehicle causeways | ★★★

[Churchill Barrier no. 3 and blockship]

The Churchill Barriers were originally built on the Prime Minister's advice during World War II, with the intention of stopping German warships entering the UK's naval base at Scapa Flow. If you drive towards Orkney Mainland from South Ronaldsay, you can't miss them. In fact, you drive over them - perhaps gingerly if at a stormy high tide. Since the end of the war, the barriers have usefully functioned as causeways linking the island chain here. It's a beautiful setting albeit with a less beautiful history - numerous blockships lining some of the causeways prevent you forgetting that.

[Churchill Barrier No. 3 and blockships]

Location & info

📌 Churchill Barriers ★★★
Barriers are on the A961 and link Orkney Mainland to South Ronaldsay via Lamb Holm, Glimps Holm and Burray. Barrier No. 3 is 2 mi north of Burray village at G.R.: ND 474985 ///living.riverboat.mess
🚌 Buses between Kirkwall and St Margaret's Hope cross the barriers | 🚗 Various car parks / laybys
Always open (except during exceptional high tides or storms) | Free

[Looking towards Glimps Holm, connected by Barriers No. 2 and 3]


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