A fertile island with superb beaches, the main village, harbour and ferry terminal is Whitehall. It was once one of the busiest herring ports in Europe with 300 boats, fifteen fish curing stations and 1,500 fishwives employed in gutting and packing the fish.
The Stronsay Hotel was then reported to have had the longest bar in Scotland. One of the main attractions today is the Vat of Kirbister, an extraordinary ‘gloup’ with the finest rock arch in Orkney.
Neighbouring Papa Stronsay is home to a community of Catholic priests, the Transalpine Redemptionists, who have established a monastery there.
R-ro ferry from Kirkwall