Brown’s Hostel

Right in the heart of this harbour town you’ll have chance to sample Orkney life.

Brown’s hostel and houses, Stromness Orkney, are named after the eponymous Mrs Brown (though not the Brendan O’Carroll comedy creation). Reputed to offer warm hospitality, one visitor reported,

‘The best value for your money in Stromness, if not all over Orkney…Mrs. Brown is one of the most thoughtful innkeepers I have ever met.’

They offer a hostel and a self-catering house to visitors. Both are full of modern amenities as well as traditional character. Right in the heart of this harbour town you’ll have chance to sample Orkney life. Just  like all those sailors from Vikings to the great age of sail to modern holidaymakers, you’ll find Stromness a welcome haven.

Stromness is the second town of Orkney and nestles around the bay of Hamnavoe (meaning bay of many small islands). The town and the name look out to the sea. Everything here is shaped by it. As you wake you will hear the boats creaking as they rock; smell the sea air and the fresh catches. As you walk round the town with its winding streets and cobbled lanes you’ll see how the houses are shaped and placed to resist the sea winds.