Stromness is a port town on Orkney Island (Scotland), located on island's southern part and with population around 2,000. Stromness is approx 26 km (16 mi) from Kirkwall and approx 15 km (9 mi) from Finstown. NORTHLINK FERRIES (with MV Hamnavoe) link Stromness to Scrabster (mainland Scotland's north coast). The cruiseferry terminal is operated by Serco NorthLink Ferries.
The old town is clustered along the main street, flanked with craft shops and stone-built houses, with cobbled streets branching off it.
Orkney Island features 100–500 ft high cliffs and fertile lowlands (Hoy Sound). The rocks are of great geological interest.
The Stromness branch of Orkney library is in a building gifted to the library service by Marjory Skea (later Corrigall) in 1905. Writer George Mackay Brown (1921-1996) was born and lived most of his life here. He is buried in town's cemetery (overlooking Hoy Sound).
As a shore excursion option is offered the tour to the Ring of Brodgar - a Neolithic stone circle (UNESCO site) located approx 6 mi (10 km) northeast of Stromness. By diameter (104 m / 341 ft) Brodgar is ranked the 3rd-largest stone circle in the British Isles - after Avebury (Wiltshire, 332 m / 1088 ft) and Stanton Drew (Somerset, 112 m / 368 ft). Another popular tour is to the UNESCO site Skara Brae - a stone-built village (8 houses) on Bay of Skaill (Mainland's west coast).
Stromness cruise terminal
Ferries and cruise ships dock at Stromness Ferry Terminal in Port Stromness - a natural deepwater harbour. The terminal is located approx 30 km (19 ml) from Kirkwall Airport (Orkney's main airport).
The passenger terminal is accessible by:
- Bus - buses (operated by Stagecoach) stop opposite the terminal. A bus service connects Stromness with evening ferries to and from Hatston.
- Flights - Kirkwall Airport is served with regularly scheduled Stagecoach buses from Stromness to Kirkwall (and to the airport). Interisland services (domestic flights) are offered by Loganair Ltd (Scottish regional airline).
- Sea - Orkney Ferries (Scottish ferry company operating interisland services in Orkney Islands) offers regularly scheduled passenger shipping service from Stromness to Graemsay and Hoy islands, plus all other interisland ferry services.
Stromness Ferry Terminal offers the following facilities and amenities - Ticket Sales, Tourist Information, Luggage area (lockers), Vending Machines (hot / cold drinks), Lift, Baby Change Rooms, Disabled Access, Accessible Toilet, Restrooms (male and female), short term parking (at the terminal) and long-stay parking (on Ferry Road).
Check-in for morning crossings open 60 min prior departure. Passengers booked with overnight cabin check in and board for morning departure from Stromness (6:30 am) between 9:30-11:30 pm the previous evening. For all other crossings, check-in open 90 min prior departure. Car drivers must check in at least 1 hour prior departure.