Life in Stromness, and other islands in Orkney, is often dictated by the rhythm and tempo of the ferry timetable. Stromness has two regular ferries: the foot passenger ferry M.V. Graemsay which goes to the islands of Graemsay and Hoy, and the Ro-Ro M.V. Hamnavoe which travels to Scrabster on the Scottish mainland. It may now be spring but the ferries are still on the winter timetables. Today was the only 06:30 sailing to Scrabster this month due to the holidays. No cancellations due to weather or strong tides this week. The M.V. Graemsay will soon go on its annual maintenance re-fit and its route will be covered by another vessel, the M.V. Golden Mariana, which usually runs between the islands of Westray and Papa Westray.
You can often hear the low hum of the engine as the ferry slows into Stromness Harbour or turns around in front of the piers. When passing by, the Hamnavoe also disrupts the digital signal to our TV for a few seconds.
Sunrise 05:58 Moonrise 22:08
Sunset 18:38 Moonset 07:07
Low tide 04:21 (0.75m) High tide 10:42 (3.37m)
Low tide 16:44 (0.71m) High tide 22:57 (3.23m)
Neap tide 31st March