Stromness is a ballad of stone - it has its own legend and lore - most of them sea salted

The German Fleet in Scapa FlowOn our Guided Coastal Walk we will take you a bit further afield, round the west shore of Stromness to the Ness Battery, telling you about Scapa Flow History and Wartime Heritage. Scapa Flow was the United Kingdom's chief naval base during World War 1 and 2 - and it's history includes the scuttling of the surrendered German High Seas Fleet in World War 1 and the sinking of the Royal Oak in the Second World War.

During the wars the islands filled with troops and the island's population tripled in size. Garrisons, guns and lookout posts were scattered through the islands. This walk, starting from outside Stromness Museum in Alfred Street, will take you past many wartime remenants. Our fascinating tour, where natural beauty meets island history lasts approximately 1 hour 30 minutes (approx).

Stromness West Coast and the hills of HoyCovered in the walk:

  • Scapa Flow history and wartime heritage of Orkney and Stromness
  • The nature, the geology and the wildlife along the coast of Stromness

The tour is ideal for anyone of a reasonably fit condition - and involves easy walking. It is suitable for children aged 7 years plus and can be adapted for people with disabilities or for customers with specific interests. We can accept parties of up to a maximum of 12 to 15 people.

Stromness MuseumBooking is essential and the cost of the tour is £7 per person. Concessions are given for groups.

Tours begin outside the Stromness Museum in Alfred Street - afterwards, why not join us join us for Tales and Ales in the Still Room Whisky Bar, in the Stromness Hotel, by arrangement.

Tours take place daily - Morning, Afternoon and Evening - please contact us to avoid disappointment!