Stronsay is friendly, tranquil and absolutely beautiful - just perfect if you are looking to chill-out and relax. When you visit, you'll be made very welcome by the local community. It's that sort of place.

In addition to its natural beauty, Stronsay is also very flat, making it an ideal location for a gentle stroll or to discover the island on two wheels. You're here to take it easy, so there's nothing too strenuous! In fact, the highest point - Burgh Hill - is only 46 meters above sea level. Part of the island's appeal lies in the fact that the famed sandy beaches and turquoise bays are easily accessible. They are very popular with seals too and the BBC filmed these endearing creatures on Stronsay for its popular Autumnwatch nature programme.

Sticking to the eastern coastline, you will encounter the Vat of Kirbister, a dramatic gloup spanned by the finest natural rock arch in Orkney, while the cliffs at Lamb Ness and Lamb Head are home to seabird colonies. The island's bird reserve is reputed to be one of the best sites in Europe for spotting rare migrants.

While you explore the island, the strong community spirit among the 370 inhabitants is reflected in projects geared to Stronsay's long-term sustainability, notably around Whitehall Village. The island is perhaps best known for its role in the herring industry. Whitehall was one of the busiest ports in Europe, when vast fleets moored at its waters from the 17th century until the 1930s. This fascinating story is now told at the Heritage Centre in the village.

Stronsay can be reached by ferry or plane from Kirkwall.