Ask an islander
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Stretches of beautiful sandy beaches, sea caves and wholesome local produce – our next feature took us to the wonderful island of Stronsay in Orkney.
Islander, Louise McQuaid from Fish Mart Cafe and Hostel told us all the highlights that left us wanting more.
"The best parts of the island are Rothiesholm Beach (known locally as Bu Sands) and the Vat of Kirbuster. The beach is a mile stretch of beautiful sand whereas in stark contrast, the Vat is on the cliffy shoreline with a stone arch of what was once a sea cave - it's amazing seeing the power of the sea and waves crashing into the cliffs."⠀
"The Fish Mart café has reopened selling simple, wholesome and hearty food with daily specials. Also, Maurice A. Williamson's shop at Olivebank makes amazing freshly-baked meat pies and has the best local sausages going."
"Winter forces you to slow down and have more #family time in the evenings to read, play games, movie nights and just hang out together doing activities. One of last year's highlights was the arrival of The Screen Machine (a mobile cinema kitted out inside of a lorry)."
Have you been inspired by this week's Island of the Week? Well good news - there are loads of ways to get to Orkney with Northlink Ferries, Pentland Ferries, John O'Groats Ferries and Loganair all offering regular services to mainland Orkney and you can take the final jaunt over to Stronsay courtesy of Orkney Ferries.⠀
For more tips and travel information to and around the Orkney Islands by bus, plane and ferry, check out orkney.com
Papa Westray – affectionately known as Papay to locals, was our second island of the week and is the second most northerly Orkney island. But there is nothing second rate about this wee gem which can be accessed via the world’s shortest scheduled flight.
Islander Jonathan Ford told us what he loves about the island he calls home:
“Papay is a wonderful place for big skies, seas and landscapes. May is my favourite time of year here. It is a time of coming back to life and new arrivals on the island. The Pickies (Arctic terns) are back from Antarctica, migrant birds are passing through on their long journey North and the island is waking from the long winter at 59 degrees North. Oh, I almost forgot, the Puffins are back too!!"
“The Old Pier is my favourite spot on Papay. The sea is always beautiful, you can sit and watch the world go by, catch a boat trip over to the Holm of Papay, or investigate The Kelp Store, our arts and heritage centre."
"My favourite place to walk on Papay is the coastal walk around North Hill, with Fowl Craig as the highlight. In the summer it is home to our splendid seabird colonies, and in the winter it is dramatic and wild. The perfect place to get away from it all at anytime of the year."
Inspired by Jonathan’s words? Why not plan a trip yourself?
Getting to Orkney is easy with NorthLink Ferries, Pentland Ferries, John O'Groats Passenger Ferries and Loganair offering frequent scheduled services to mainland Orkney. From there Orkney Ferries and Loganair take you the final short hop to Papa Westray.
For more info on travel to and around the Orkney Islands by bus, plane and ferry, as well great travel tips, check out Orkney.com.