Getting here


By boat

Many visitors arrive in Stromness by sea, as this is the main ferry terminal for services from Scrabster on the Scottish mainland. This is certainly the most dramatic approach to the town, which comes into view as the vessel enters Hoy Sound, nestled beneath the dramatic rise of Brinkies Brae. Pentland Ferries run between Gills' Bay (near John o'Groats) and St Margaret's Hope (28 miles to Stromness).




By air

Stromness is 16 miles from Kirkwall and 19 miles from Kirkwall Airport. Hire cars can be collected both at the airport and in Kirkwall and a shuttle bus runs between the airport and the town. You can hire a car in Stromness - see below. Flybe operate regular flights to and from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Inverness and Lerwick.


By car

Stromness developed in the era of the horse and cart, and its narrow flagstone streets were not designed for the motor car. Exploring on foot or by bike is recommended, and there is parking nearby.


Cars can be hired locally here.


By public transport

There are buses which connect with ferry services, and link the town to Kirkwall and other parts of Orkney - find details here.



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Brief facts about Stromness


Stromness was sometimes referred to as the Venice of the North, as the sea was the town's main thoroughfare and playground.