The Scapa Flow Landscape Partnership Scheme

The Calf of Flotta

As suggested by its name, the Calf of Flotta is a tiny isle next to the island of Flotta. The name is derived from Old Norse. The Calf is about half-a-mile long and is a popular haul out for grey seals.

Early writers commented that the Calf had good grazing (Fenton, A, The Northern Isles).

During World War II anti-submarine boom nets stretched from the Calf of Flotta. Today between Flotta and the Calf are some of the hundreds of tonnes of dumped anti-submarine cable with just a small channel to pass between the islands.