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Orkney Islands

Stronsay is an island in Orkney, Scotland situated to the North of the British Isles. Stronsay is part of an extensive group of Islands where the Atlantic Ocean and North Sea meet, known as the Orkney Islands. Stronsay's shape is irregular and its name originates from the Old Norse for Star Island. Stronsay is one of the inhabited islands in the Orkneys.


Orkney Islands

The Orkney Islands are a group of islands in northern Scotland that lie approximately ten miles north of Caithness. There are more than seventy islands in the Orkney Islands group, the largest of which is "Mainland" which is connected by causeways to Burray and South Ronaldsay. The largest settlement on Mainland is Kirkwall.

There are around twenty inhabited islands in the Orkneys.

The Orkney Islands have been inhabited for over 5,500 years, first by neolithic tribes and then by the Picts. Remains have been found in the Orkney Islands dated to 6,800 BC. The Norse, Vikings and more recently, Scots have all made the Orkneys their home.


Flag of Orkney

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The Flag of Orkney


Scapa Flow in the Orkney Islands was a Royal Navy base during World War I and World War II.

The largest island in the Orkneys is "Mainland" which has 75% of the population of the Orkney Islands living there. Mainland has a ferry terminal and airport connecting the Orkney Islands to the mainland of Scotland.

The Pentland Firth separates The Orkney Islands from the mainland of Scotland. The firth is 6.8 miles (11 km) wide between Brough Ness on the island of South Ronaldsay and Duncansby Head in Caithness.


Map showing The Orkney Islands Scotland

Thumbnail Map showing Stronsay Orkney Islands Map.

A map of the Orkney Islands in Scotland.


The Orkney Islands are represented in the House of Commons as part of the Orkney and Shetland constituency, which elects one Member of Parliament (MP) and in the Scottish Parliament the Orkney constituency elects one Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP).


Flag of Scotland

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The Flag of Scotland


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