Discover Stronsay

Orkney’s Island of Bays

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Discover Stronsay

The Island of Bays. It’s a well-deserved description. Walk, cycle, or drive up to the heart of Stronsay, and you’ll find yourself surrounded on all sides by bays — to the west, St. Catherine’s Bay and the Bay of Holland, and to the east, Mill Bay — each with unspoiled white sand beaches and contrasting island and North Sea vistas.

But beautiful beaches and deep-blue bays are by no means the only things the island has to offer those who choose Stronsay as a travel destination. Dramatic seascapes and cliff walks; gentle rolling green hills bright with wildflowers; contented cows and sheep; archaeology, heritage and family history; kelp beds filled with colourful wildlife just below the surface; starry night skies, glorious sunsets, pounding waves, curious seals, peace and quiet interrupted only by birdsong — and plenty of space to spread your own wings and shake off the stresses of your everyday life.

Whatever the season, Stronsay is a haven for singles, couples and families, whether you are walkers, cyclers, snorkellers, sailers, swimmers, wildlife watchers, artists, musicians — or just plain relaxers. We invite you to come and see, stay, explore, watch, experience and absorb this wonderful place for yourself.

  • See


    Orkney’s finest natural sea arch at the Vat of Kirbister.

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  • Stay


    in Whitehall Village, a quiet harbour village with a hotel, B & B, hostel, café, shop and a rich fishing heritage.

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  • Walk


    from Whitehall to the beachcomber’s paradise of St Catherine’s Bay.

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  • Take

    Take In

    the dramatic cliff-scenery of Odiness Bay via a popular circular coastal walk.

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  • Explore


    the silver dunes of Rothiesholm Beach and discover some of Orkney’s rarest flora and shells.

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  • Watch


    wildlife at the lochside bird-hide at Lea Shun and in the seal hide near Holland Bay.

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Getting here

From Kirkwall

Daily ferry service is operated by Orkney Ferries and an inter-island air service is operated by Loganair.

From UK Mainland

Find out more on the website.