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Stromness is on Mainland, Orkney, Scotland.

Get in[edit]

By boat[edit]

Northlink Ferries [1] travel several times daily between Stromness and Scrabster. The ferry terminal is in the heart of the town.

Orkney Ferries [2] passenger ferries travel at least twice a day to Moaness on Hoy and Graemsay.

By bus[edit]

Regular buses link Stromness with Kirkwall via the neolithic sights at Stenness. Other buses go to Birsay, passing close to Skara Brae.

Get around[edit]

Stromness is compact town and a walk along the main street is never less than pleasant.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Soak in the atmosphere of the twisting lanes and stone houses.
  • Stromness Museum 52 Alfred Street, Phone: +44 1856 850 925

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Walk along the coast to Ness Point for great views across to Hoy.

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Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Julia's Cafe & Bistro Ferry Road, Phone: +44 1856 850 904. Opposite the ferry terminal, very popular restaurant.
  • The Cafe 22 Victoria Street, Phone: +44 1856 850 368. Cafe/restaurant popular with locals.

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Sleep[edit][add listing]


  • Brown's Hostel 45 Victoria Street, Phone: +44 1856 850 661.

Mid range[edit]

  • Miller's House 13 John Street, Phone: +44 1856 851 969. B&B in an attractive building.

Get out[edit]

  • Skara Brae, Skail, Phone: +44 1856 841 815 [3] Buses from Stromness and Kirkwall in Summer. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Skara Brae is Orkney's premier tourist sight. Dating from about 2500BC, it was a prehistoric village covered by sand dunes, until a wild storm in 1850. A series of connecting passages and round dwellings were uncovered, complete with stone dressers and implements. There is a good visitors centre and cafe as well as the adjoining Skail House - a 17th century country house. Entrance £6.50.
  • Hoy - take a day trip to this attractive island, with good walking.
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