Stronsay | Colin Nutt

Island Intro

Orkney’s ‘Island of Bays’, Stronsay, has one of the most diverse and breathtaking coastlines in the North Isles.

Ask an Islander

Louise McQuaid from Fish Mart Cafe and Hostel shares her favourite things about Stronsay, beginning with her favourite areas.

“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.”

But it’s not all cliffs and beaches, Stronsay has some delicious culinary experiences as Louise tells us. “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.” So now you know!

Winter in the North Isles can be long, dark and stormy, but Louise tells us why she and her family find contentment and enjoyment in the darkness of a Stronsay in winter. “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).”

Getting Here

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.

Explore More

Want to find out more about Stronsay and explore more of our amazing islands?

Download the free Scottish Islands Passport app to:

  • discover your perfect island match,
  • find out about the experiences each island has to offer,
  • collect passport stamps for the islands you visit,
  • find information on accommodation, travel and island amenities.

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.