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Stronsay Tourism

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.



 

Stronsay Tourism

Sights on the island of Stronsay include Lamb Ness and the Vat of Kirbuster which is a natural rock formation along the eastern coast of Stronsay.

 

The Vat of Kirbuster

Situated on the east coast of Stronsay, The Vat of Kirbuster is a spectacular rock arch on Stronsay which was once the roof of a natural cave. When the roof of the cave collapsed, the arch of The Vat of Kirbuster was left standing.

There are good sign-posted walks to the Vat of Kirbister and beyond. The Vat of Kirbister is the best example of a "Gloup" in the Orkneys. (A gloup is a blow hole where water spouts up through the fallen roof of a cave).

 

Lamb Ness

Lamb Ness, on Stronsay has a partly excavated broch and nearby is the "Danes Pier" which is a natural feature and is said to have been a harbour used by the Vikings. Lamb Head is home to grey seals, puffins and other nesting seabirds.

 

Burgh Head

Burgh Head, south of the Vat of Kirbister, is noted for its colonies of nesting puffins. There is also the remains of a ruined Broch, which was an ancient stone stronghold. These drystone Broch are only found in Scotland and there is still lots of discussion in the archaelogical community as to whether they were defensive forts or farmhouses. What is agreed, is that the remains of these Broch, that we can see today, show examples of the most sophisticated drystone architecture to be found anywhere.

 

Stronsay Beaches

Stronsay has several good sandy beaches and many rocky inlets to explore. Rothiesholm Sand is a long sandy beach over a mile in length. Good for rare shells. The Ayre of the Myres is a sandy beach where you can combine swimming with seal watching. Mill Bay is another beautiful sandy beach on Stronsay. Backed by grassy slopes and sand dunes, Mill Bay offers opportunities to view some of Stronsay's beachland flora and fauna. Another good beach where you can collect shell-fish for eating, especially Razor Clams, is St Catherine's Bay. Locally known as "spoot, the Razor Fish are an edible shell-fish."

 

Stronsay Wildlife

Stronsay offers good opportunities to view the native flora and fauna of The Orkney Islands. Visit the Stronsay Wildlife page for more information on Stronsay Flora and Fauna.

 

Free Trout Fishing on Stronsay

If you enjoy trout fishing you could visit the Muckle Water, Stronsay's largest freshwater loch, where the trout fishing is free. Muckle Water (or The Meikie as it is known) has been stocked with brown trout, and provides good sport.

 

Stronsay Accomodation

There is a choice of accomodation on Stronsay Island, some available all year around. There is also inexpensive bunk and hostel accomodation in season on Stronsay. The Stronsay Hotel, Stronsay, Orkney, KW17 2AR. Telephone: +44 (0)1857 616213 is a Scottish Tourist Board 3 Star Inn.

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