Things To DoGo Wild
Whether exploring the island’s native flora and fauna, shell collecting from rock pools and sandy shorelines, digging for ‘spoots’ or razor clams, a local shellfish delicacy, Wild Stronsay offers activities everyone can enjoy.
A ramble through the wild flowers and purple heather of the remote Rothiesholm headland – almost a separate island, connected to Stronsay only by a narrow isthmus – will lead you gently down to the dunes of the mile-long beach of Bu Sands where you may find some of Orkney’s rarest shells including bubble shells and Cyprina.
Across the island, on the eastern coast, spectacular rock formations include the Vat of Kirbister – Stronsay’s famous natural rock arch, often described as the finest in Orkney. The coast around Odiness Bay features numerous dramatic geos, caves, flagstone rock platforms and sea stacks, including Tam’s Castle, reputed to have once housed a hermitage on its flat summit.