Orkney’s second town is a jewel, waking into brilliant dawns across Scapa Flow, old stone houses clustered around a fine natural harbour.

Celebrating citizens such as George Mackay Brown and Gunnie Moberg , it’s also the home of the International Centre for Island Technologies, renewable energy research, Orkney Fishermen’s Society, supplying crab and shellfish to the UK and Europe, the fantastic Pier Arts Centre, Stromness Museum, and a multitude of societies and events, including West Side Cinema, the John Rae Society and Orkney Folk Festival.

All this on top of amazing world famous archaeology sites at Skara Brae, Maes Howe and the Ness of Brodgar and the varied and beautiful natural landscapes of Orkney.

You’ll find great resources for your trip at Visit Orkney, and a useful list of Orkney’s attractions on TripAdvisor.

There’s more going on than you could possibly manage in a week – see the Stromness ‘what’s on’ page to get a flavour, or listen to the daily list of Orkney events on BBC Radio’s daily round-up in Around Orkney, which will also introduce you to the unique and lilting Orkney accent.