The very south end of Stromness is called the Point of Ness; which is to say, "the point of the point," Ness meaning a piece of land thrusting into the sea: in this case into the tiderace of Hoy Sound. That is why Stromness is called what it is. Living in the town itself; this is not so obvious. But coming down the Scorradale road into Orphir, there it lies; a thrust of hard land into the wide strong waters.

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Alfred Street in StromnessIn the 19th century, as many as many as 50 whaling ships came past Stromness each Spring. A makeshift hospital was opened in 1836 in order to treat scurvy and frostbite in sailors who had been icelocked all winter. The dangers involved, as well as the decline in demand for whale meat killed off the industry.

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Magic two weeks for our first visit to Orkney. 'Franklins View' definitely one of, if not the best holiday cottage we have stayed in.
So well equipped and furnished, plus we loved the many personal touches and of course the panoramic views from the superb picture window.
Highlights - of course the wonderful historic and prehistoric sights, crossing the causeway at the Brough of Birsay, going south across the Churchill Barriers to visit the Tomb of the Eagles, beautiful St Magnus Cathedral, and a wind swept ferry trip to Westray.
Quiet times sitting comfortable 'at home' watching the ferries come and go or gentle strolling up to the golf course end of town.
Stromness Museum was a must.
We will definitely be back! MORE

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