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