Discover Stronsay

Orkney’s Island of Bays

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At the heart of Stronsay, you’ll discover a spectacular view of three interlocking bays – St Catherine’s Bay and the Bay of Holland to the west and Mill Bay to the east – each with unspoiled white sand beaches and contrasting island and North Sea vistas.

Only 12km long, Stronsay’s irregular shape has blessed Orkney’s Island of Bays with miles of coastline, combining the dramatic seascapes of Odiness Bay and Lamb Head, tranquil sheltered beaches, peaceful Whitehall village and pastoral countryside, making Stronsay a haven for families, walkers and wildlife watchers alike.

The Heritage Centre at Wood’s Yard is now open every day from 9 a.m until 6 p.m, although COVID guidelines regarding numbers and sanitising will have to remain in place for a time yet. There is a large display of mostly Stronsay-related artefacts on display and most of the paper records and photos, removed earlier due to COVID restrictions, are  are now back in the Centre. This includes a number of  new photo albums of local interest – School photos from around 1900 to date, Kirk photos, Lifeboat photos and WRI photos. Call along and have a look!
Self-service tea and coffee is also available again in the Centre, along with some games and drawing materials for the younger visitors.
 Admission is still free, although donations are always welcome!

  • 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


    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 Stronsay Bird Reserve, 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 Visit Orkney website.

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