Orkney's Main Towns
Orkney has two main towns. Kirkwall, the capital, has a population of around 9,000, while Stromness, home to much of Orkney's marine renewable energy activity, has around 3,000 people.
Both towns play an important role in Orkney's economy, housing many of our local businesses and industries, and providing home for more than half the population of the entire islands.
Kirkwall and Stromness have also been the focus of regeneration initiatives in recent years, with a new Townscape Heritage Initiative currently being run in Kirkwall.
Find out more about Kirkwall and Stromness from the links below.
Inside Main Towns
Kirkwall is Orkney's largest town and plays host to a wide range of shops, businesses and commercial premises. It's also the home of Orkney's main business support services, including Orkney Islands Council and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.More
Stromness is the largest settlement in the west mainland, and is the gateway to northern Scotland thanks to its ferry terminal linking Orkney to Scrabster. It's a busy fishing town with a strong community spirit, and a new found role at the centre of Scotland's marine energy industry.More