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Shaped by the sea since the 17th century, Stromness is the second largest town in Orkney and nestles under a brae that merges into quaint picturesque lanes, leading to the town's cobbled streets. The town's maritime history is significant, a safe haven in Viking times, a whaling and fishing port at the turn of the century, a base for diving the wrecks of the German High Seas fleet in Scapa Flow, and a ferry gateway to mainland Scotland.

Hamnavoe, the bay on which Stromness rests, takes its name from the Old Norse "Hafn-vagr" meaning Haven Bay, and Norse names are still prolific across the whole of the Orkney archipelago.

Today, Stromness is a global centre for marine renewables research and development, and many of the wave and tidal devices fabricated globally have been tested in waters around Stromness. Stromness is only 20 minutes drive away from the much celebrated neolithic World Heritage site, comprising Skara Brae, the Ring of Brodgar and Maeshowe chambered burial cairn. Stromness Museum has a wealth of information and exhibits celebrating the heritage of the town, and the Piers Arts Centre close to the harbour is also a flagship in the UK for contemporary art.

With a population of only 2,200, Stromness punches much above its weight, and strives to welcome visitors of all nationalities. The Tall Ships last visited Stromess in 2011 and the excitement and opportunities that the visit created, are still remembered fondly to this day.

From the 18th - 26th of July, Stromness will celebrate its annual gala week (shopping week) and a range of fun activities are planned for this anniversary. Crew and trainees are very welcome to join in the fun.

Distance from Fredrikstad: 495 NM

Distance from Lerwick: 110 NM

Port Facilities:

  • Stevedoring
  • Laundry room
  • Toilets & showers
  • Fresh water & shore power
  • Ship food waste collection & oil collection tank
  • Craneage available by prior arrangement
  • Gas oil available by road tanker
  • VTS available

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General/Sports Facilities for crew:

  • Cafés & shops close to harbour
  • Supermarket open 7am - 10pm
  • Swimming pool, fitness & health suite
  • Library with internet
  • Wholesale merchants for general provisions
  • Local doctor & dentist surgery (by appointment)

Activities & Places of Interest:

  • Guided tours to World Heritage site
  • Local bus tours to Kirkwall and the countryside
  • Links golf course
  • Cycle hire
  • Piers Arts Centre
  • Stromness Museum
  • Crafts studios
  • Walking trails over heather braes and stunning coastline

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