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Stromness
Travel Guide

Stromness featuring a coastal town and a bay or harbor

The quaint, winding streets of Stromness are home to captivating museums and galleries, compelling historic landmarks and stunning natural views.

The main seaport for Orkney Mainland, Stromness is a charming, characterful town. Historic stone buildings line the quay and seem to grow out of the hillside beyond the waterfront. Stroll around the attractive port and the surrounding town to discover its fascinating history and lively culture.

Stromness was originally named Hamnavoe, which means “safe haven.” Vikings, tradesmen and sailors found shelter from the seas here as they navigated around Britain. The town often served as the last port of call for transatlantic services. Learn about how each group left its mark at the Stromness Museum, which documents the natural and social history of the area.

Browse British art at the Pier Arts Centre, a sleek modern gallery overlooking the quay. The center features a large collection of contemporary paintings from the 20th century, as well as a program of visiting exhibitions.

Enjoy the wild landscapes and seascapes that surround Stromness and choose from a wide range of outdoor activities. Dive down to the shipwrecks at Scapa Flow on a scuba tour, rent a bike or explore the hills and coastal paths outside the town on foot.

The Orkney Islands are rich in historical landmarks. Find prehistoric sites just a short drive away from Stromness. The Neolithic stone circles at the Ring of Brodgar and the Standing Stones of Stenness set amid spectacular landscapes exude an air of mystery. Walk through the past at Skara Brae, a prehistoric village featuring the beautifully preserved remains of ancient houses more than 5,000 years old.

Travel to Stromness by ferry for the most rewarding vistas of the town. Boats leave from Scrabster and cruise around the coastline of the archipelago. Stromness is 19 miles (30 kilometers) away from Kirkwall Airport.

Summer in Stromness offers long days that stay light well into the evening. Arrange your visit for May to witness the traditional music and dance events of the Orkney Folk Festival.

The Royal Hotel Stromness
The Royal Hotel Stromness
3 out of 5
55-57 Victoria St, Stromness, Scotland
The price is $146 per night from Jul 16 to Jul 16
Located in the heart of Stromness, this golf inn is steps from Standing Stones of Stenness, Mainland, and Piers Art Centre. Stromness Ferry Terminal and Stromness ...
4.3/5Excellent! (3 reviews)
"lovely hotel"

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2021

The Royal Hotel Stromness
Ferry Inn Stromness
Ferry Inn Stromness
3 out of 5
10 John Street, Orkney, Stromness, Scotland
The price is $173 per night from Jul 10 to Jul 10
Located in the heart of Stromness, this hotel is steps from Standing Stones of Stenness and Piers Art Centre. Stromness Museum and Maes Howe are also within ...
4.2/5Excellent! (86 reviews)
Clean, serviceable, good location.
"Great location. Good sized room and bathroom. The shower was temperamental, but definitely hot. Restaurant serves solid food."

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2020

Ferry Inn Stromness
Stromness Apartments
Stromness Apartments
3.5 out of 5
Milldam, Cauldhame Road, Orkney, Stromness, Scotland
The price is $173 per night from Jul 6 to Jul 6
Situated in Stromness, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Standing Stones of Stenness and Piers Art Centre. Stromness Museum and Maes Howe are ...
4/5Very Good! (7 reviews)
"The room was not ready when we arrived as the owner had forgotten about us. The woman who was there apologised but was not the owner (we have had no apology from her). The place itself was basic but fine with the exception of some of the kitchen utensils (there was hair in the cheese grater). On ..."

Reviewed on May 24, 2019

Stromness Apartments
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Harbour Cottage
Harbour Cottage
3.5 out of 5
Ferry Road, Stromness, Scotland
Located in the heart of Stromness, this cottage is steps from Standing Stones of Stenness, Mainland, and Stromness Ferry Terminal. Piers Art Centre and Stromness ...
5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Harbour cottage hideaway
"Lovely welcome,cosy and easy accessed.Met the landlord as we were early very helpful.Quiet location which was a surprise as the cottage is next to the ferry port.We could only stay for three nights,which was a shame,would be very happy to stay longer.We did not cook in the house this time,but seemed ..."

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2018

Harbour Cottage
Stunning Location in the Heart o f The West Mainland of Orkney
Stunning Location in the Heart o f The West Mainland of Orkney
Stromness, SCT
Situated in Stromness, this vacation home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Mainland and within 3 mi (5 km) of Bay of Skaill and Skara Brae. Standing Stones of Stenness ...
Stunning Location in the Heart o f The West Mainland of Orkney
Unique Seaside Cottage in a Picturesque Village
Unique Seaside Cottage in a Picturesque Village
South Ronaldsay, SCT
Situated in South Ronaldsay, this cottage is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Hoxa Tapestry Gallery and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Sand of Wright. Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (8 reviews)
A lovely cosy place
"A cosy cottage with real character, well equipped, clean and comfortable with a lovely outlook directly onto the sea."

Reviewed on Jun 1, 2021

Unique Seaside Cottage in a Picturesque Village
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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