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Orkan Adventures

The home of Orkney Paintball, Battlefield Live and Clay Pigeon Shooting.
“The great way to spend a day!”


Where are we? We are situated on the beautiful island of Burray in the Orkney Islands, a short 15 minutes drive from the main town of Kirkwall. Orkan Adventures has been providing super days out for the adventurous people of Orkney and further afield since March 2007 Overlooking Weddell Sound is the imposing gun emplacement at Northfield. It was an important part of the defence of Scapa Flow during WW2 - but now it has a new lease of life. Orkan Adventures uses the site as a Paintball, Battlefield Live and Clay Pigeon Shooting arena, offering energetic and fun activity's for everyone. What is Paintballing? Paintball is an adventure sport that has been played throughout the UK for over 25 years. Originating in America, paintball is a strategic game that uses gas-propelled markers to fire small gelatine-skinned paint pellets at opponents. Paintball has developed exponentially, both in popularity and technology, since it’s humble beginnings in the early 80s. While the pioneers of paintball were cattle farmers that used paintball markers to mark their stock, paintball enthusiasts today come in many shapes and forms, including corporate groups, birthday parties, individual events, school excursions and even stag and hen parties. Paintball has truly developed from a low profile hobby played by few to a highly recognised sport that is played around the globe. What is Battlefield Live? Despite the slightly scary title, Orkan Adventures ‘Battlefield Live Combat’ is effectively high-tech laser tag electronic paintball, played both indoors and out at Orkan’s former Second World War gun emplacement at Northfield on the Isle of Burray. Notably popular with Orcadians and visitors alike, and not a shrapnel wound in sight. so choose your weapon, discuss your tactics, aim down the red-dot sight and take out your opponents! Described as a cross between a grown-up laser tag and pain-free paintball, teams play a number of different scenarios during their time with us. What is Clay Pigeon Shooting? Clay pigeon shooting, also known as clay target shooting, is a shooting sport involving shooting a firearm at special flying targets known as clay pigeons, or clay targets. The terminology commonly used by clay shooters often relates to times past, when live-pigeon competitions were held. Although such competitions were made illegal in the United Kingdom in 1921, a target may still be called a "bird", a hit may be referred to as a "kill", and a missed target as a "bird away"; the machine which projects the targets is still known as a "trap".


Based at the World War Two, Gun Emplacement at The Northfield, Burray, Orkney Islands. Orkan Adventures has been providing super days out for the adventurous people of Orkney and further afield since March 2007

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Battlefield Live (Light Guns)

A day's Battlefield live makes for : A fun team-building exercise or corporate event, - A great stag or hen party, or - An unforgettable birthday treat for kids of all ages. Battlefield live guns are also available for hire (so that you can take them away to use).

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Clay Pigeon Shooting

What do we provide? Orkan Adventures can provide Tuition, Clay Pigeons, a trap, four Shotguns and cartridges (Note - current laws state that if you are shooting over water steel shot cartridges must be used.) You may provide your own Shotgun if you wish, however steel shot must be used.

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Whale Rescue

Magnus Spence's World Famous Whale Rescue

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WELCOME TO BURRAY Bounded to the north by Weddel Sound, to the south by Water Sound, with Scapa Flow to the west and the North Sea to the east, Burray is one of the "South Isles" of Orkney. It is linked to the Orkney Mainland by causeways running over the Churchill Barriers and across the small uninhabited islands of Glimps Holm and Lamb Holm.

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The Stewart Lairds of The Bu, Burray 1292 to 1756

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The Loss of U-18

U-18 was the first u boat to try and attack scapa flow in world war 1

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That last U Boat to be sunk at the end of World War One

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First to Land on a Moving Warship

Squadron Commander Edwin Harris Dunning (Royal Naval Air Service) made aviation history when on August 2, 1917 he became the first person to land an aircraft on the deck of a ship underway, thus paving the path to the modern fleet carrier force.

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The HMS Vanguard

The loss of the HMS Vanguard

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The German Surrender

Germany Surrender at the end of world war 1

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The Salvage in Scapa Flow

During the 1920s and 1930s the majority of the scuttled ships of the German High Seas Fleet were raised. It was one of the largest maritime salvage operations in history. Of the 52 ships that sank, only 7 remain beneath the waters of Scapa Flow.

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The Royal Oak

HMS Royal Oak was one of five Revenge-class battleships built for the Royal Navy during the First World War. Launched in 1914 and completed in 1916, Royal Oak first saw combat at the Battle of Jutland

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During U-47‍ '​s career, she sank a total of 31 enemy vessels and damaged eight more.She is also noted for the sinking of the British battleship HMS Royal Oak on 14 October 1939.U-47 ranks as one of the most successful German U-boats of World War II.

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Churchill Barriers

Construction of the barriers began in 1940, and was not completed until 1944

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