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Explore the winding cobbled streets and the quaint narrow alleyways, that meander along the shoreline of Stromness harbour.   The historic town of Stromness boast an array of shops, cafes and art & crafts as well as the Pier Arts Centre and Stromness Museum.

Things to do
A browse around the local shops

Take a visit to the world renowned Pier Arts Centre - Art Gallery and Art Museum

Visit the Stromness Musuem to learn more about the fascinating history of Stromness and it's people. 

Stromness boasts an array of different shops which are definitely worth a visit - great for art & crafts, knitwear, clothing, stationery, gifts as well as chandlery, DIY, diving gear and books.


Explore the west mainland of Orkney, home to a UNESCO world heritage site and the world famous Ring of Brodgar, Maeshowe, Skara Brae, Standing Stones of Stenness and Ness of Brodgar.   The 17th century mansion, Skaill House, next to Skara Brae is also worth a visit. 

Places to visit

Overlooking the spectacular Bay of Skaill, Skaill House is the finest 17th Century mansion in Orkney. Home of William Graham Watt, 7th Laird of Breckness, who unearthed the World famous neolithic village of Skara Brae in 1850.

Orkney Brewery visitor centre, cafe and gift shop is open during the summer months.

The Ring of Brodgar is a Neolithic henge and stone circle about 6 miles north-east of Stromness on the Mainland, the largest island in Orkney, Scotland. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the Heart of Neolithic Orkney.

Corrigall Farm Museum in Harray is a traditional 'but and ben' house that portrays a typical Orkney farmshouse and steading in the 17th century.

First uncovered by a storm in 1850, Skara Brae remains a place of discovery today. Visit a replica Neolithic house to see how its full interior might have looked. 

Kirbuster Farm Museum, Birsay is 

is the last un-restored example of a traditional ‘firehoose’ in Northern Europe. The house has a central hearth, complete with peat fire, and a stone neuk bed reminiscent of the Neolithic interiors that can be seen at sites such as Skara Brae.

An excellent place to visit if you are researching your Orkney ancestry, to get a flavour of what life was like in Orkney in bygone years.


A 25 min drive away is Orkney's capital Kirkwall, home to some fascinating historic sites including St Magnus Cathedral, Bishop's and Earl's Palaces, and the Orkney Museum.    You will also find an abundance of shops and eating places.   

If you take a trip to the East Mainland, you will find the Churchill Barriers and the Italian Chapel which was built in WW2 by Italian prisoners of war.  

If you wish to explore Orkney's north or south islands the best way is to hop on a ferry.  Orkney Ferries operate daily ferries from Kirkwall, Houton or Tingwall depending on which island you wish to visit.  For more information contact Orkney Ferries.

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Stagecoach operate daily bus services on the Orkney Mainland.  Please see website for more information  Bus timetables can be found here

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