' Stromness is a town that has a history of international connections. It now stands on the threshold of global opportunities '
James Stockan, Councillor
With its historic winding streets, dramatic aspect and busy harbour, Stromness is a town shaped by the sea. This website provides information on all aspects of life in the town. Find out about shops, festivals, culture, commerce and sport. You'll be amazed how much there is going on ...
In 2017, Stromness will celebrate a huge milestone in its history, by marking 200 years since it became a Burgh of Barony. Becoming a Burgh of Barony, allowed the town to take control of its own affairs, establishing a town council and taking as its motto 'Per Mare' meaning 'by the sea', a nod to not only its geographical location but to the life blood that has sustained the town for generations.
Folk from all across the town have come together to plan a series of events for the year which share three common themes - remembering and exploring the history of the town, celebrating everything that the town has now and imagining the future. There are events planned throughout the year, but the biggest events will take place in Per Mare week - scheduled for 24 - 30 July, the week after the town's annual Shopping Week, to encourage visitors to linger longer in the town.
Keep up to date with the latest in the events section of this website.
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