Orkney's second largest town is an architectural gem, an inspiration for artists and writers, and a firm favourite with visitors.
Arriving in Stromness on the ferry from Scrabster you’ll be treated to something very special - a view of the old stone town that’s unparalleled. Sailing into the Bay of Hamnavoe, this famous seaport has remained unchanged in centuries, retaining its original maritime charm with narrow winding streets, terraces of houses and steep passageways all leading to its iconic waterfront and harbour.
Stromness is lively, welcoming and cosmopolitan. It remains a working town and is at the forefront of Orkney's pioneering renewable energy industry, with the European Marine Energy Centre headquartered there. Some of Orkney’s best crafts, textiles and jewellery can be found in the delightful independent shops to be discovered around every corner, while in local galleries and the Five-star Pier Arts Centre the work of artists and sculptors from Orkney and beyond takes centre stage. And as you take in all that Stromness has to offer, the experience is often accompanied by the vibrant sounds of Orcadian music - rehearsed and impromptu - to be heard in the many pubs and venues across the town.
As you might expect from a town with a proud maritime heritage, much of the outdoor activity that draws visitors to Stromness revolves around the sea. Diving, fishing and sailing are all popular and, when the weather can't be relied upon, there is also an indoor swimming pool, fantastic library and superb museum to enjoy.