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  • The Vat of Kirbister, Stronsay


Experience the relaxed pace of island life, as well as some of Orkney's most beautiful beaches, in Stronsay.
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  • Stronsay is friendly, tranquil and absolutely beautiful - just perfect if you are looking to chill-out and relax. When you visit, you'll be made very welcome by the local community. It's that sort of place.

    In addition to its natural beauty, Stronsay is also very flat, making it an ideal location for a gentle stroll or to discover the island on two wheels. You're here to take it easy, so there's nothing too strenuous! In fact, the highest point - Burgh Hill - is only 46 meters above sea level. Part of the island's appeal lies in the fact that the famed sandy beaches and turquoise bays are easily accessible. They are very popular with seals too and the BBC filmed these endearing creatures on Stronsay for its popular Autumnwatch nature programme.

    Stronsay has fertile farmland and many hard-working farmers and fishermen. Local people share a community greenhouse, cutting down on food miles and providing a social place to meet and grow produce. Community groups work to provide a wide range of cultural activity, entertainment and social support. There’s also a Craft Trail in the island, connecting and showcasing Stronsay’s creative community.

    A walk along Stronsay’s stunning coastline is a must, with cliffs, caves, geos and long sandy beaches. Among the many coastal walks is a signed path to the Vat of Kirbister natural rock arch and gloup. A short walk westwards through the village brings you to the Ayre of Myers, a popular picnic spot and the first of many sandy beaches, ideal for seal spotting.

    Lamb Ness and Lamb Head are home to many seabirds. Stronsay’s bird reserve is one of the best sites in Europe for spotting rare migrants. A series of six local information leaflets widely available cover the herring fishing industry, flowering plants, shells and seashores, birds and wildlife, archaeology, and one leaflet for children written by Stronsay children about life in the island.

    The neighbouring tiny island of Papa Stronsay is the home of Transalpine Redemptive monks who offer boat rides around the island. Another small island, Auskerry has the ruined 12th century St Nicholas Chapel and a flock of North Ronaldsay sheep.

    You can travel by ferry from Kirkwall to Whitehall or fly from Kirkwall airport.

  • Stronsay's ferry terminal is found in the heart of the village of Whitehall, meaning your trip here starts right at the hub of island life.

    The daily ro-ro service keeps Stronsay connected with Kirkwall, and there are daily flights to and from the island's small airfield too.