Stromness is a town of narrow lanes, flagstone streets and salty smoky air. Would you like to know more about Stromness? For centuries this small jewel of a town has provided shelter for boats, ships and people and it retains much of the character of a bygone age.

Contact Dragon History to arrange guided tours of Stromness, Kirkwall and Orkney.

Summer 2010 tour schedule

July 10th, 2010

This season we are offering the following tours:

All tours are available by arrangement. The price is £30.00 for a group (maximum 25)

We are also offering regular history walks in Stromness through our sister company, Stromness Tours.

These go throughout July and August at the following times – NO NEED TO BOOK!

Sunday                        2.00pm

Tuesday                      6.00pm

Wednesday               2.00pm

Price £7.00 adult, £5.00 senior, £3.00 child

The tour starts at the fountain in front of the Stromness Hotel and lasts about 1 hour 15 minutes.

Please contact or phone 07759857298 for more details.

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Fran’s Facts

Peace Babies

July 26th, 2009

In 1918, to celebrate the end of hostilities in the First World War, Bassett’s sweet manufacturers brought out a new jellied sweet called Peace Babies. Production ceased during the Second World War, and when they were relaunched in 1953 after the end of rationing, they were renamed Jelly Babies.

Not an Orkney fact, but brought to mind after the death of Harry Patch, the last Tommy.

Grumpy Old Man?

February 2nd, 2009

Mount Everest was climbed before the Old Man of Hoy! This 450ft sea stack off the Orkney island of Hoy was scaled in 1966 by Chris Bonnington, Tom Patey and Rusty Baillie. It took three days to get to the top, and the wooden wedges they hammered in are still firmly in place. Edmund Hillary and Tezing Norgay reached the summit of Everest in 1953.

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