Stronsay | Colin Nutt

About

Known as Orkney’s 'Island of Bays', Stronsay has one of the most diverse shorelines in the North Isles. At the heart of the island, you’ll discover a spectacular view of three interlocking bays, each with unspoilt white sand beaches and contrasting island and North Sea vistas. This fantastic landscape is home to the many creative folk of the Stronsay Craft Trail as well as numerous historic sites and amazing wildlife, offering plenty to explore and the perfect spot for walking and cycling.

Famous For

  • The impressive Vat of Kirbister was formed when the roof of a sea cave collapsed, leaving a spectacular arch and a sheltered inlet.

  • Stronsay is a hub of creativity and this small island even has its own craft trail. Follow it to discover jewellery, textiles glass and soap.

  • The island has a rich heritage linked, unsurprisingly, to the sea which surrounds it. In the 18th and 19th Centuries the herring industry supported a population of more than 4,000. Find out more at the island's pop-up heritage centre.

Ask an Islander

  • Both common and grey seals abound around Stronsay’s long coastline. See them hauled out at Lower Whitehall, the Ayre of the Myers or from the Torness seal hide.

  • For another unforgettable experience, visit St John”s viewpoint as the sun goes down and see how many of the 25 visible islands you can identify.

  • Drop into the heritage centre at Wood’s Yard and see the rich collection of Stronsay’s artefacts and written history. Sit for a while and browse with a free hot drink.

Accommodation

Check out the following accommodation listings to book your stay.

Visit Scotland accommodation

Visit Stronsay - where to stay

Explore Orkney - Stronsay accommodation

More Information

You can find some additional information about Stronsay at the links below

Visit Stronsay

Explore Orkney - Stronsay

COVID-19

Please check the latest rules on travelling to and around the Scottish islands on the Scottish Government website, including guidance on testing before you travel. Please note that advice may vary depending on the specific island you are visiting.

Getting here

Covid-19

Please check the latest rules on travelling to and around the Scottish islands on the Scottish Government website, including guidance on testing before you travel. Please note that advice may vary depending on the specific island you are visiting.


Orkney Ferries runs a daily service between Stronsay and Kirkwall on Mainland Orkney. Loganair operates regular flights between Stronsay and Kirkwall airport on Mainland Orkney. Flights may travel via other islands. Find out more about getting to Mainland Orkney.

Get Your Passport

You can find lots more information about things to see and do on the island, see some amazing island photography and collect your island stamp by downloading our app.

Download the app

App in phone

Download the Scottish Island Passport app to collect your island stamps! The app also provides lots more information on each island including recommendations from locals about things to see and do, info on how to get around, more stunning photos and useful offline maps.

  • Unlock Stamps - Collect them all! Stamp your passport when you visit each island - with an individual stamp designed to represent a unique aspect of island heritage.
  • Experiences - Discover the best experiences each island has to offer – from local boat trips to exciting traditional festivals, there is something for everyone.
  • Maps - Navigate the islands with useful offline maps, handy for areas where internet connectivity is weak.
  • Travel Jounals - Create an in-location travel journal with pictures from your island adventures, to look back on your trip.
  • Favourites - keep track of your most loved islands with the favourites feature. Available to access from your account on both the app and web.