©

Stromness trip planner

Create a fully customized
day by day itinerary for free

Build your own package

+ Add destination
2 adults
Adults
- +
Teens
- +
Kids
- +
Close
Trip Planner Europe  /  UK  /  Scotland  /  Orkney Islands  /  Mainland  /  Stromness

Stromness

4.4
Ruins · Landmarks · Architectural Buildings
Stromness is the second-most populated town in Orkney, Scotland. It is in the southwestern part of Mainland Orkney. It is also a parish, with the town of Stromness as its capital.EtymologyThe name "Stromness" comes from the Norse Straumsnes. Straum refers to the strong tides that rip past the Point of Ness through Hoy Sound to the south of the town. Nes means "headland". Stromness thus means "headland protruding into the tidal stream". In Viking times the anchorage where Stromness now stands was called Hamnavoe, meaning "peaceful" or "safe harbour".TownA long-established seaport, Stromness has a population of approximately 2,190 residents. The old town is clustered along the characterful and winding main street, flanked with houses and shops built from local stone, with narrow lanes and alleys branching off it. There is a ferry link from Stromness to Scrabster on the north coast of mainland Scotland.First recorded as the site of an inn in the 16th century, Stromness became important during the late 17th century, when England was at war with France and shipping was forced to avoid the English Channel. Ships of the Hudson's Bay Company were regular visitors, as were whaling fleets. Large numbers of Orkneymen, many of whom came from the Stromness area, served as traders, explorers and seamen for both. Captain Cook's ships, Discovery and Resolution, called at the town in 1780 on their return voyage from the Hawaiian Islands, where Cook had been killed.
Add Stromness and other destinations in United Kingdom to your travel plans using our United Kingdom trip planner.
Source
Create a full itinerary — for free!
  • Build a trip
    Tell us where and when you
    want to go, we will build
    the best sightseeing itinerary
  • Refine it
    You have complete flexibility on your destinations and itinerary
  • Book as a package
    Use our travel agents to get
    package savings and hassle free booking
  • Enjoy your trip!
    Enjoy our 24x7
    on-trip assistance

Popular things to do in Stromness

See all ›
©
World heritage site
Skara Brae
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
©
World heritage site
Ring of Brodgar
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
©
Landmark
Ness of Brodgar
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
©
Landmark
Yesnaby Cliffs
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min

Side trips from Stromness

©
World heritage site
Standing Stones of Stenness Stenness
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
World heritage site
Maeshowe Chambered Cairn Stenness
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
©
History Museum
Broch of Gurness Evie
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
©
Island
Brough Of Birsay Birsay
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min

Hidden gems in Stromness

©
Golf Course
Stromness Golf Club
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
©
Ruin
Barnhouse Neolithic Settlement
4.6
Duration: 30 minutes
©
Gift & Specialty Shop
The Quernstone Knitwear Shop
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
©
Gift & Specialty Shop
ArtWorks of the Earth
4.8
Duration: 30 minutes

Museums in Stromness

©
Specialty Museum
Stromness Museum
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
©
Art Gallery
Pier Arts Centre
4.5
Duration: 2 hours

Wildlife in Stromness

©
Scuba / Snorkeling
Scapa Scuba
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
Swim with Dolphins
Scapa Flow Diving Holidays
3.1
Duration: 4 hours

Breweries & Distilleries in Stromness

©
Brewery
Orkney Brewery
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
©
Gift & Specialty Shop
ArtWorks of the Earth
4.8
Duration: 30 minutes
©
Architectural Building
Skaill House
4.0
Duration: 30 minutes
©
Geologic Formation
The Old Man of Hoy Hoy
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
©
Landmark
Ness Battery
4.6
Duration: 2 hours

Places to visit with Stromness

Edinburgh Trip planner BEST FOR: Castle, Landmark, Specialty Museum Glasgow Trip planner BEST FOR: Art Museum, Specialty Museum, Nightlife Aviemore Trip planner BEST FOR: Ski Area, Wildlife Area, Theme Park Inverness Trip planner BEST FOR: Distillery Tour, Water Body, Historic Site Fort William Trip planner BEST FOR: Mountain, Specialty Museum, Landmark