Kirkwall

Stromness

Interesting
Stromness
The Essential
Interesting
Stromness is the second largest town on the main island of Orkney (Mainland) and a major fishing port. Originally a Viking settlement, it did not really develop until the 18C, when it became a trading post and the last port of call for Hudson Bay Company ships, before it concentrated on whaling and herring fishing. Down the waterfront, the long and winding cobbled main street is lined with gabled houses, each of which has its own landing stage.