Orkney Mainland | Town | ★★★

[Stromness harbour]

Stromness is the second largest settlement in the Orkney Islands and an important port, including for ferries from Scrabster on the Scottish mainland. With a population of only a couple of thousand or so, it doesn't measure up to Kirkwall in terms of facilities, but the winding streets and alleyways repay exploration and there's a handful of places to eat. Wandering (or driving, slowly!) up the improbably narrow, stone-paved main street feels like a trip back 50 years in time. You'll probably enter Stromness from the north end of town, but aside from the harbour, the most interesting parts are further south along the main street, including the worthwhile town museum. Meanwhile, there are excellent views over to Hoy from the low hillock known as the Citadel at the south end of town.

[Alfred Street]

Location & info

📌 Stromness ★★★
Orkney Mainland, G.R.: HY 255092 ///luck.older.flattens

🚌 Stromness has a big harbour with car ferries from Scrabster on the Scottish mainland, and passenger ferries from Hoy and Graemsay. Buses run from Kirkwall and other villages.
🚗 Parking in the very centre is somewhat limited. There's a big car park as you approach the town from the north.

See & do (<1 mi away)

📌 Stromness Museum ★★★
💬 Large town museum with excellent wildlife and natural history sections.
52 Alfred Street, town centre, G.R.: HY 252086 ///explained.sleepy.lemons
Open daily, April to October; Monday to Saturday, February to March & November to December | £5 adult / £1 child

Nearby (1-3 mi away)

>> Unstan Cairn ★★ (2 mi →)

[Stromness Museum]

[View towards Hoy from Stromness Citadel]


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