A Day Out In Stromness

If you’ve followed us for a while, you’ll know that last year we moved our workshop to the little town of Stromness. Nestled on the western coast of Mainland Orkney, it’s a picturesque town steeped in maritime history and natural beauty. 

With its winding streets, colourful buildings, and stunning coastal views, Stromness is a must see when visiting Orkney. 

For those of you who have/are thinking of booking a jewellery making experience with us this summer, we've put together a small itinerary to help you plan the perfect day out in Stromness.

Morning: Breakfast & Jewellery Making 

1. Breakfast at Julia’s Café

Julia's Cafe Stromness
Photo by Julia's Cafe

Kickstart your day with a freshly brewed cup of coffee or tea from Julia's, affectionately known as The Shed. Situated conveniently across from the harbour, Julia's has earned a reputation for serving the "best bacon rolls on the island."

Find out more about Julia’s Cafe here. 

2. Jewellery Making Workshop At Alison Moore Designs 

Join us at our workshop between 10:30 am and 2:30 pm for a unique jewellery making experience. In our workshop, you'll have the chance to craft your own set of three sterling silver stacking rings. 

With a limited capacity of six participants per session, you'll receive personalised guidance on the essentials of jewellery making, including sizing your ring, cutting, shaping, soldering, filing, texturing, and finishing. Our summer classes are available for booking on our website.

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Afternoon: Latties & A Stroll Through History

3. Lunch at Bayleaf deli 

Bayleaf Deli Stromness
Photo By the Bayleaf Deli 

After all that making, you’ll have worked up an appetite. One of our favourite lunch spots in Stromness is the Bayleaf Deli. This lovely spot offers an assortment of delicacies sourced from both near and far, and we have a soft spot for their latties and delectable pastry selection.

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3. Wander Through the Old Town

A visit to Stromness wouldn’t be complete without a stroll through the old cobbled streets, lined with quaint cottages and historic buildings. Keep an eye out for staggering structures such as the Stromness Town Hall and the 18th-century Pier Arts Centre. You'll also discover some wonderful alleyways, perfect for capturing picturesque views of the waterfront. 

4. Pop Into the Pier Arts Centre 

The Pier Arts Centre stands as a focal point for the local artistic community in Stromness. With its collection of contemporary artwork and its stunning waterfront location, the Pier Arts Centre offers visitors a year round program of exhibitions and events. Our team thoroughly enjoys visiting here during lunchtime, appreciating its interior and exterior alike.

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4. Orkney Vintage Paper 

Orkney Vintage Paper Company | A day out in Stromness

Make a stop at the shop of Orkney Vintage Paper, located in a historic building that formerly served as the headquarters for the Northern Lighthouse Board. You may recognise their name, as Orkney Vintage Paper Co supplies our beautiful gift wrap. They also sell hand-printed decorative papers, high quality contemporary paper for fine-art and handmade sketchbooks and journals. 

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5. Stromness Museum 

Stromness Museum
Photo By Orkney.com

Visit the Stromness Museum to discover all about the history connecting Stromness to labradorite, with their stunning Victoriana natural and social history exhibitions. 

Evening: Orkney's Finest Feasting 

6. Dinner At Adam's Place or Hamnavoe Restaurant 

After a day exploring, you’re bound to have worked up an appetite. We highly recommend visiting Adam’s Place to sample some of Orkney’s finest local produce. 

Situated on the waterfront of Stromness, this seafood and steak bistro showcases the finest produce the region has to offer on its menu.

We hope that our ‘Day out in Stromness’ piece has inspired you to visit and experience it for yourself. If you would like more information about our jewellery making workshops, you can contact us via our chat box or call us on 01856 771511.