The small, historic town of Stromness has much to offer the visitor and is welcoming and cosmopolitan. Throughout the year the harbour is busy with boats servicing the renewable energy sector, dive boats exploring the wrecks in Scapa Flow, fishing and Creel boats and a busy marina for visiting yachts and sailing boats.the large Northlink Ferry, the Hamnavoe, the Graemsay foot passenger ferry and the odd visiting cruise liner, all play a significant part in the comings and goings that make Stromness a busy working town. There are bars, restaurants and cafes for visitors and locals to enjoy.
Stromness has its own unique cultural heritage, from literature to art and music. Having been local artists for nearly thirty years, Chris and Matilda will vouch for the Pier Arts Centre as one of the best Museum/ Galleries in Scotland. With a famous art collection of its founder, the late Margaret Gardener, the redeveloped Pier Arts Centre won the RIAS Award for the best building in Scotland. There is an excellent independent museum at the south end of the long, flagged main street and new artists studios have been provided by the organisation WASPS for the thriving artist community. Stromness also has a new public library and a variety of shops and restaurants, including an excellent butcher, delicatessen and pharmacy and several high calibre craft shops selling local arts, crafts, clothing and wool. The atmospheric town hall boasts a Steinway piano and hosts many local and international cultural events from monthly film club nights to concerts and plays.