Stromness

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Stromness which includes a bay or harbour and a coastal town

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 Stromness Hotel by Paymán Club
The Stromness Hotel by Paymán Club
2 out of 5
The Pierhead, Stromness, Scotland
The price is £50 per night from 12 Dec to 12 Dec
Situated in Stromness, this hotel is steps away from Standing Stones of Stenness, Mainland and Piers Art Centre. Stromness Ferry Terminal and Stromness Museum ...
4/5 Very Good! (3 reviews)
Friendly hotel. Everything required was supplied.
"Quite a short notice booking. The hotel was very reasonably priced but had everything required for the stay."

Reviewed on 18 Nov 2021

The Stromness Hotel by Paymán Club
Standing Stones Hotel
Standing Stones Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Stenness, Stromness, Scotland
Situated in Stromness, this hotel is steps away from Standing Stones of Stenness and Mainland. Maes Howe and Ring of Brogdar are also within 2 miles (3 km).
4.4/5 Excellent! (8 reviews)
Dog friendly, clean & well kept.
"The team at Standing Stones could not do enough for us. They were attentive and friendly. The hotel was in nice condition, the room was stylishly decorated and clean. The hotel was accommodating to our dog. Highly recommend."

Reviewed on 2 Mar 2020

Standing Stones Hotel
Lindisfarne Bed & Breakfast
Lindisfarne Bed & Breakfast
3 out of 5
Lindisfarne, Stromness, Scotland
The price is £85 per night from 17 Dec to 17 Dec
Situated in a rural location, this bed & breakfast is steps away from Standing Stones of Stenness and Mainland. Stromness Ferry Terminal and Piers Art Centre ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (37 reviews)
"What a great property! The house is very homely, welcoming and comfortable. The Pepper family were great. Breakfast was very tasty with an excellent selection. I would absolutely recommend the Lindisfarne B&B."

Reviewed on 1 Oct 2021

Lindisfarne Bed & Breakfast
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Stromness Apartments
Stromness Apartments
3.5 out of 5
Milldam, Cauldhame Road, Orkney, Stromness, Scotland
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 ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (9 reviews)
"Absolutely fantastic apartment to stay in! Close to Stromness centre and within easy reach of so many attractions on Orkney and with the most beautiful views both to the front and rear of the property. The apartment was spotless, tastefully decorated and modern, with all of the comforts needed for ..."

Reviewed on 18 Aug 2021

Stromness Apartments
Harbour Cottage
Harbour Cottage
3.5 out of 5
Ferry Road, Stromness, Scotland
Located in the heart of Stromness, this cottage is steps away from Standing Stones of Stenness, Mainland and Stromness Ferry Terminal. Piers Art Centre and Stromness ...
5/5 Exceptional! (3 reviews)
"Great wee place. Mind yer head!"

Reviewed on 20 Sep 2021

Harbour Cottage
Charming 3 bedroom family home close to Stromness
Charming 3 bedroom family home close to Stromness
Bu Road, Stromness, SCT
Situated in Stromness, this holiday home is steps away from Standing Stones of Stenness and Mainland. Piers Art Centre and Stromness Ferry Terminal are also ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (16 reviews)
Good location.
"The property was clean, spacious and comfortable. The location is very convenient with lovely views. However there isn't a freezer, not even a section in the fridge, so we couldn't freeze the ice packs for the cool box. But apart from that the house is well equiped."

Reviewed on 4 Oct 2021

Charming 3 bedroom family home close to Stromness
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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