' I love the Shopping Week parade because everyoneís really happy and thereís a big party and fireworks '
Erin Mitchell, age 9
The weather isnít always conducive to outdoor activities, and during the winter especially there are plenty of indoor options.
If you haven't visited the town for a while, find out about other things to do here.
At one time the local lads learned to swim at Cloustons Pier (where George Mackay Brown was born) - you passed the test when you could swim to the holms and back! Then Stromness acquired the first heated indoor swimming pool in Orkney, now complemented by a fitness centre, squash and racket ball courts.