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The Bay of Houton, showing ferry terminal and lobster pots
Houton is located in Orkney Islands
Location within Orkney
OS grid referenceHY317041
Civil parish
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townORKNEY
Postcode districtKW17
Dialling code01856
EU ParliamentScotland
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
List of places
58°55′05″N 3°11′10″W / 58.918°N 3.186°W / 58.918; -3.186Coordinates: 58°55′05″N 3°11′10″W / 58.918°N 3.186°W / 58.918; -3.186

Houton is a settlement 5 miles (8.0 km) southeast of Stromness on the island of Mainland, Orkney, Scotland. The settlement is within the parish of Orphir,[1] and is situated on a minor road off the A964.[2]

From here, a ferry sails to Lyness on Hoy and the oil terminal at Flotta. Nearby are the remains of the Orphir Round Church, dedicated to St Nicholas (the only medieval round church in Scotland) and the Earl's Bu, the ruins of a former manor house of the Earldom of Orkney. These sites are in the care of Historic Environment Scotland.

The Holm of Houton is nearby.

RAF Houton[edit]

RAF Houton was situated nearby and was home to the following units:

  • No. 306 (Flying Boat) Flight.[3]
  • No. 430 (Seaplane) Flight.[4]
  • 'F' Boat Seaplane Training Flight was formed on 15 August 1918 and operated the Felixstowe F.3 and the Curtiss H.16 before being disbanded on 25 November 1918.[5]
  • Orkney Wing.[6]


  1. ^ "Details of Houton". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 1 January 2014.
  2. ^ "A964". Sabre. Retrieved 1 January 2014.
  3. ^ Lake, A (1999). Flying units of the RAF. Shrewsbury: Airlife. p. 72. ISBN 1-84037-086-6.
  4. ^ Lake, A (1999). Flying units of the RAF. Shrewsbury: Airlife. p. 76. ISBN 1-84037-086-6.
  5. ^ Lake, A (1999). Flying units of the RAF. Shrewsbury: Airlife. p. 66. ISBN 1-84037-086-6.
  6. ^ "Houton Bay (also Kite Balloon Base)". Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust. Retrieved 29 October 2013.

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