Stromness Academy is located on Mainland, the largest of the 17 inhabited islands that comprise the Orcadian archipelago which can be found 30 miles north of Dunnett Head, the most northerly point of mainland Scotland. Stromness is the second largest town in Orkney, after Kirkwall, the capital, and is located in the West Mainland.

The beautiful islands of Orkney have many diverse attractions. From globally significant archaeological sites, to a tradition of artistic interpretation, craftsmanship and design; from diverse wildlife in pure and serene surroundings, to scuba diving on historic wrecks; from superb local meats and cheeses, whisky, wines and beers, to almost 24 hours of daylight in midsummer; Orkney has something for everyone. Use this link to the Orkney Tourist Board website, www.visitorkney.com, to find out more.

Stromness is served by a frequent ferry service for passengers and vehicles from Scrabster near Thurso on the Scottish mainland. Timetables and fares can be found on the Northlink ferries website, www.northlinkferries.co.uk

There are also ferries operating to Kirkwall (www.northlinkferries.co.uk), St Margaret's Hope (www.pentlandferries.co.uk) and Burwick (www.jogferry.co.uk). Flights to Kirkwall from Aberdeen, Inverness, Glasgow and Edinburgh are operated by Flybe and can be booked via the Flybe website (www.flybe.com/cheap-flights/orkney).