Stronsay is an island shaped by the sea – at its heart you will discover a spectacular view of three interlocking bays – each with unspoiled white sand beaches that would rival those found anywhere in the world.
Despite only being 12km long, Stronsay’s irregular shape has blessed the “Island of Bays” with miles of coastline, combining the dramatic seascapes of Odiness Bay and Lamb Head, tranquil sheltered beaches, the peaceful Whitehall village and flat, fertile countryside.
There’s a community greenhouse so residents can reduce food miles, and plenty of social events and activities when current restrictions allow.
Stronsay has an enterprising spirit too. There’s a healthy creative community, offering a craft trail experience, from jewellery and textiles to glass, weaving and even soap. The island has a Craftship Enterprise - a hub, offering workshops and much more.
Life on Stronsay could not be further removed from the 24/7 hustle and bustle of city and commuter life, with a resident population of around 300.
The island has a medical centre, Healthy Living Centre, visiting bank service, post office, a Church of Scotland church and Catholic chapel, a diverse collection of local shops, a community centre, a mobile library and the excellent Junior High School (with swimming pool).
An unfurnished local authority house, within walking distance of the school, is available for rent at council house rates. Private housing may also be available for rent.
Stronsay Junior High School is situated in the middle of the island and enjoys panoramic views across the North Isles. The school roll is around 40, with a teaching staff team of 8 and caters for pupils from nursery, pre-school and primary through to S4 in the secondary department.
An ethos of hard work and a caring attitude has consistently enabled pupils to achieve exceptional examination results, and each individual is encouraged to achieve his or her potential. Links with other schools are constantly being developed electronically and children’s experiences are enhanced in a variety of other ways.