The captivating old town of Stromness is located on the shore of Hamnavoe, an inlet of Scapa Flow, and is the main ferry port on Orkney.
The burgh of Stromness, on the west of Orkney's mainland, is the islands' major seaport. It first attracted sailors for the fine anchorage provided by Hamnavoe It has been a haven for mariners for centuries, being the last port of call before many a transatlantic voyage. Now it is the arrival point for NorthLink Ferries from mainland Scotland.
Winding streets follow the shoreline in Stromness, which stretches out both into the sea along private piers and up into the hillside. Explore the quaint alleyways and absorb the atmosphere in this 18th century settlement, which boasts an array of shops and cafes, as well as Stromness Museum and the acclaimed Pier Arts Centre.