Houton Ferry Terminal, Orphir, Orkney
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Houton Ferry Terminal, Orphir, Orkney

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This is the Houton Ferry Terminal. The ferry to Flotta and Hoy leaves from here. This was a seaplane base during the two Wrold Wars. The harbour with its offshore island makes this a very sheltered spot.

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A: Houton, Orphir, Orkney

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B: Clowally, Orphir, Orkney

by John Leith, 930 meters away

The bay below this point is Houton which was a seaplane base in WWI. This a sheltered bay in Scapa Flow.

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C: Scapa Flow, Orphir, Orkney

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D: The breck, Orphir, Orkney

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E: The Shore, Near Clestrain, Orphir, Orkney

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F: Scorradale road, Stenness, Orkney

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G: Lyrawa Viewpoint, Hoy, Orkney

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I: Peat hill, Stenness, Orkney

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J: Ireland Burn, Stenness, Orkney

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