Visit and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Stromness, Orkney, a town on the Mainland of the Orkney Islands. It is one of the only five inhabited places in all Scotland’s 787 islands that can properly be called a town. It is Orkney’s second town after the capital, Kirkwall. It lies in a sheltered harbour at the West of the mainland, and is protected by the island of Hoy. Not until Orkney had become well-established under the Scottish crown did Stromness achieve its town status. In the mid-l7th century, this port became a trading centre for the Kingdom of Scotland and the Baltic ports. It never succeeded in rivalling the ancient Kirkwall, but, having become established, it remained sufficient unto itself. Save for the ruins of a medieval monastery, there is nothing of great antiquity in Stromness. The town, however, was early enough to build in the Norse way with paved thoroughfares between facing houses, in the style of Lerwick, Shetland, and Kirkwall.
There is (as everywhere in Orkney) good trout fishing in the neighbourhood, some good walks, and some pleasant roads for bus or motor-car expeditions. For the leisurely visitor, the main attraction lies in its harbour life, its quaint wynds and old streets that owe something to a recollected Norse tradition and to an acquired Scottish manner reminiscent of Edinburgh’s Old Town and of Aberdeen. It is 14 miles by road from Kirkwall, with its island airport and seaport connecting Orkney with Shetland.
Nearby islands: Hoy
Nearby towns: Kirkwall, Lerwick, Thurso
Nearby villages: Finstown, Flotta, Georth, Graemsay, Hoy, Lyness, Orphir, Quoyness, Rackwick, Redland, Stenness
Have you decided to visit or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a bed and breakfast (a B&B or b and b)
- a guesthouse
- a hotel (or motel)
- a self-catering establishment, or
- other accommodation