The Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer
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Our Postal address is:

Golgotha Monastery Island
Papa Stronsay
Orkney Islands KW17 2AR
United Kingdom

Telephone [+44] (0) 1857 616 210


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Orkney Map

Map showing Mainland Scotland and the Orkney Islands with the land-sea connections.

Orkney Map

Orkney all adrift by itself the largest island is called Mainland Orkney.

Orkney Map

Papa Stronsay (meaning: "Priests' Island of Stronsay") lies just off the island of Stronsay.

Orkney Map

To get to Papa Stronsay is not complicated but it is clearer if we say that there are three steps.

First it is necessary to to get to Kirkwall, Mainland Orkney.

Option 1: Flight. The section to Kirkwall from Inverness, Aberdeen, Glasgow or Edinburgh has a reputation of being expensive. You can fly to Kirkwall from London via Glasgow or Edinburgh. The carrier for the Glasgow/Edinburgh - Kirkwall section is Flybe. (Operating for Logan Air and British Airways)

Option 2: By sea from Aberdeen to Kirkwall. The sailings are twice a week. The ship arrives into Kirkwall from Aberdeen about 11.00 p.m. so it is necessary to arrange for over night accommodation in Kirkwall either at a B&B or a hotel. The carrier is Northlink Ferries.

Option 3: Land and sea travel. You must direct the course of your travel to one of three seaports on the Northern coast of Scotland. They are: Scrabster, John O'Groats or Gill's Bay. Ferries operate out of each of these ports. All include further overland travel to Kirkwall; busses connect from the ferries to Kirkwall.

Scrabster - Stromness: To get to the port of Scrabster take a train or bus to Thurso. Scrabster is nearby (1-2 miles) and can be walked or take a taxi. Northlink Ferries operate between Scrabster and Stromness, Orkney. A bus connects from Stromness to Kirkwall. This is the classical way of getting to Orkney because this service has operated for many years and operates all year round. Trains and busses arrive at Thurso from Inverness. Trains and busses arrive at Inverness from Edinburgh.

John O' Groats - Kirkwall: This is a summer service. The Orkney Bus leaves the Inverness railway station and takes you to Orkney via the short sea crossing between John o' Groats and South Ronaldsay. Orkney. The service continues from there directly to Kirkwall Cathedral.

St Magnus CathedralThe Orkney bus stops at St. Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall.

For a foot passenger it is the best way since all you have to do is get to Inverness by bus, train or flight (Easyjet), B&B overnight and catch the direct bus to Kirkwall without further worry.

Gill's Bay - St. Margaret's Hope: This is an excellent for people coming in their own transport. The crossing from Gill's Bay is about an hour and you then drive from St. Margaret's Hope to Kirkwall in about 40 minutes. It is operated by Pentland Ferries.

Second, to get from Mainland Orkney to the island of Stronsay.

There are over 70 islands in Orkney and 20 are inhabited. Mainland Orkney is the hub to the other islands. The passage from Orkney Mainland to Stronsay is made either by air or by sea.

Air: There are usually two flights daily from Kirkwall airport to the Stronsay air strip. The service is operated by Logan Air (telephone: 01856 872494) and takes about 10 minutes.

The Island Hopper at Kirkwall airport.The Island Hopper waits on the tarmac at Kirkwall airport before departing for the Northern Isles.
The Island Hopper leaving Kirkwall airport.The Island Hopper takes off for the Northern Isles.

Sea: There are usually two services from Kirkwall to Stronsay daily. The ferry leaves from the Kirkwall pier. If it goes to Stronsay via the island of Eday it takes 2 hours; when it sails directly to Stronsay it takes 90 minutes. The service is operated by Orkney Ferries (Telephone 01856 872044); it is good to check the times of departure since they change with the different seasons of the year. All timetables can be found on their website.

The Stronsay ferry.The ferry for Stronsay waiting for loading at Kirkwall pier. The vehicles line up by the sign of their desired destination.
The Stronsay ferry.Foot passengers waiting to board for Stronsay.
Finally, from Stronsay the monastery boat will take you to Papa Stronsay.
The ferry at Stronsay.The ferry docked at the Stronsay pier.
The ferry at Stronsay.In the Monastery boat crossing from Stronsay to Papa Stronsay.

This is a short journey from Stronsay to Papa Stronsay; it takes about 5 minutes in the Monastery boat.

Arriving at the Papa Stronsay pier.Arriving at the Papa Stronsay pier.
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