Vat of Kirbister, Stronsay

Vat of Kirbister, Stronsay

How do I get to Stronsay?   Loganair (part of the Flybe group) fly from Aberdeen, Barra, Belfast, Benbecula, Birmingham, Campbeltown, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Guernsey, Inverness, Islay, Isle of Man, Jersey, Leeds/Bradford, London (Gatwick), Manchester, Manston (Kent), Newquay, Norwich, Southampton, Stornoway and Sumburgh (Shetland). Most flights are via Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen or Inverness.   Or, you could travel by Northlink ferry from the ferry terminals in Aberdeen (to Kirkwall) and Scrabster (to Stromness).  Alternatively, you could travel by Pentland Ferries on the Gill´s Bay to St Margert´s Hope route.  Finally, John O´ Groats passenger only ferries run from John O´Groats to South Ronaldsay. From May to September, there is a direct bus route from Inverness to John O´Groats that meets with the ferry – this is known as ´The Orkney Bus´.  There are ferries to Stronsay from Kirkwall and from Eday, on a daily basis.  There are also daily Loganair flights from Kirkwall airport to Stronsay.


How do I get around Stronsay?   Car hire and taxi are available from D S Peace on Stronsay.  Walking and cycling are also a good idea due to the low-lying nature of the island.  There are some planned walks such as Rothiesholm walk and a walk to the Vat of Kirbister.


What’s worth visiting on Stronsay?  The main village of Whitehall is very picturesque and was once one of the major Herring Ports in Scotland.  Stronsay’s old Fish Market has now been renovated and features an Interpretation Centre and a Cafe.  The Vat of Kirbister is a spectacular opening spanned by the finest natural arch in Orkney.  Also well worth a visit is Stronsay Arts and Crafts at Whitehall.


Where can I stay on Stronsay?  The Stronsay Hotel is situated close to the ferry terminal.  Holland Farm, Clestrian and Stronsay Bird Reserve offer Bed and Breakfast accommodation.  There is also a Hostel at Stronsay Fish Mart and camping is available at Torness Camping Barn.


Any other information on Stronsay?  A large, dead sea-creature washed ashore on Stronsay, after a storm in 1808.  It became known as the ‘Stronsay Beast’.  The Natural History Society of Edinburgh could not identify the carcass and decided it was a new species, probably a sea serpent.  However, modern research suggests that it may have been an unusually large basking shark.


Other islands in Orkney: See the pages for Mainland Orkney, Eday, Egilsay, Eynhallow, Flotta, Graemsay, Hoy, North Ronaldsay, Papa Westray, Rousay, Sanday, Shapinsay, Westray, Wyre


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