I may climb up Brinkies Brae on this midsummers night, to see the over-brimming of the year's well of light. (No, actually the over-brimming takes place at noon; at midnight, in the north comes the magical joining of the fires of sunset and dawn).

Stromness facts

Stromness piers and jettiesThough The Orcadian has served as the islands newspaper since 1854, Stromness once had it's own newspaper too! The Stromness News ran for six months in 1884, and contained news (around two
columns of which were about Stromness) reports on Parliament and London Society, a serial story, ladies columns, humour and interesting facts.
Stromness also once has it's very own Ba game - but the rough sport was abandoned after concerned merchants in the town had just installed plate glass windows.

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Franklin's View dining tableWe enjoyed our stay in this cottage so very much. It is comfortable, scenic, tasteful, practical and so well placed for visits to Stromness. It was a tremendous place to be for 'Shopping Week' and the weather was pretty good for the most part. We will remember our stay here very fondly. MORE

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Q: How do I get to Franklin's View?
We will send you a local street map with directions.

Q: Is Franklin's View suitable for a person with disabilities?
There a four steps to negotiate to the front door but after that everything is on one level.

Q: Can I smoke in Franklin's View?
Franklin’s View is a no smoking property.

Q: Can I park my car near Franklin's View?
Although there is no dedicated parking, nine times out of ten you will be able to park beside the house. There is also plenty of public parking very close by.

Franklin's View GardenQ: Can I get mobile phone reception at Franklin's View?
Yes you can get mobile reception.

Q: Where can I get internet access when staying at Franklin's View?
Free wi-fi internet access is available at Franklin's View.

Q: Are there facilities for children?
There is private secluded garden adjacent to the house.

Q: Can my dog stay at Franklin's View?
Well behaved dogs are welcome.

Q: Are there any grocery shops nearby?
Stromness has good local bakers and butchers as well as a small supermarket.

Q: Are there any restaurants or pubs nearby?
There is an excellent restaurant very close by and the local pubs also provide good food.

Q: Are there any petrol stations nearby?
There is a petrol station in Stromness, providing diesel and petrol.

Q: Do I have to pay extra for heating?
All heating is included.

Stromness waterfrontQ: Do I have to pay extra for electricity?
All electricity is included.

Q: Will we need to take our own towels and linen?
All towels and linen are included.

Q: Can we stay for a shorter / longer time than a week?
Yes. Subject to availability.

Q: Can we stay at Franklin's View in the winter as well as the summer?
Franklin’s View is available all year.

Q: Are there any good walks to do whilst we stay at Franklin's View?
Orkney offers numerous good walking areas.