Things to do in Stromness


StromnessThe narrow streets and steep passageways of Stromness are just waiting to be explored. There's history around every corner, and a great variety of independent shops which are well worth browsing.


Find out here about some of the places of interest and the range of things to do. Sometimes the weather just isn’t conducive to a gentle amble around the town, so we've included indoor and outdoor options to help you plan your visit.



If you’re looking for indoor pursuits, the town has a lot to offer.


StromnessStromness is fortunate to have a wonderful Museum where you can learn more about the town’s fascinating history. Visitors can take temporary membership at the library, which also has an archive with more local history.


There’s the internationally renowned Pier Arts Centre, and a number of commercial art and crafts galleries, as well as independent shops to browse.


If you’re feeling active, try the swimming and leisure centre. And of course there are great places to eat and drink.


Stromness Museum

Pier Arts Centre

Visit art and craft galleries

Go shopping

Go swimming

Visit the library

Take a virtual tour



StromnessThe winding streets and steep closes of Stromness are just waiting to be explored. On foot is the best way, and there are various organised tours and trails which reveal the town’s rich history as you walk. Alternatively you can explore the area by bike; or take in the stunning views while enjoying a round of golf.


Of course, there are also lots of opportunities to take to the water and explore below and above the waves.


Hire bikes

Go diving

Go sailing

Play golf

Other sports

Walks & trails




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Brief facts about Stromness

Hellihole Road is so named because it was the site of a ‘holy well’ - it drew pilgrims from all over Orkney as the water was considered a cure.


The cobbles down the centre of the (beautifully restored) street were set there so the horses didn’t slip on the wet flagstones!