The island of Stronsay is a place full of history and heritage, with beautiful, green farmland and miles of empty coastline to enjoy.

During the BBC Two programme, Chris Packham and Doug Allen were searching for whale bone remains on one of the numerous island beaches. Stronsay has always had a strong link to the sea, evident in the impressive old houses lining the shorefront in the village of Whitehall, a reminder of the herring fishing days.

The coastline is also full of cliffs, geos and long, sandy beaches. St Catherine’s Bay, the Bay of Holland, Mill Bay and the Bay of Huip are all lovely places to visit.

Whilst you might be lucky enough to spot whales nearby, you’re almost certain to see a seal. The island is home to thousands of grey seals and, during pupping season in October, the coast at Linksness is home to hundreds of young pups.

How to get there

There are daily Orkney Ferries sailings to Stronsay. You can also fly to the island with Loganair.

In the area

The Vat of Kirbister – head to the east side of Stronsay and take a coastal path to the Vat of Kirbister. The natural rock arch and sea cave is an impressive sight in all weathers. The nearby area has some stunning coastal scenery and wildlife delights too.

Craft Trail – the island has a very active and diverse arts and crafts community. The Craftship Enterprise hosts craft workshops and holidays, and is also a great spot for lunches and snacks. Elsewhere you can purchase handmade jewellery, clothes and fabrics, soaps and hand-spun textiles.

Whitehall – the village of Whitehall might be quieter now than during the days of the herring fishing fleets, but it’s a beautiful place for a walk. Refreshments and accommodation are available at the newly refurbished Fish Mart Hostel and Café, and at the Stronsay Hotel, which sits in the centre of the village.

Find out more

Find out more about Stronsay and its attractions with our dedicated page.

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