The street uncoiled like a sailor's rope
from North to South

On our Stromness Heritage Tales, we will walk you through Orkney's second largest town, Stromness, telling you about the town's history, its maritime heritage and the local characters that have over the years populated the town. Stromness is a waterfront town populated by seafaring people whose historical connection is woven into the labours of the sea. Our fascinating tour lasts approximately 1 hour 30 minutes.

Covered in the walk:

  • The history of Stromness: the maritime history, the cultural history of the town, and the architecture of the town
  • Stromness's connection with the Hudsons Bay Company in Canada
  • The Whaling fleets and Herring fleets that visited and shaped the town.
  • Local characters of the past, including the arctic explorer, Dr John Rae
  • Scapa Flow history - including the wartime, Viking and Napoleonic histories of Scapa Flow.

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.

Booking is essential and the cost of the tour is £7 per person. We also offer a Family Ticket - adults are £7 each, and children and grandparents, £5 each.

Tours begin outside the Stromness Visitor Centre - 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!