Infobox Scottish island
meaning of name= Old Norse for 'good fishing island or 'good farming island'
highest elevation= Burgh Hill 44 m
local authority=Orkney Islands
references= [2001 UK Census per
List of islands of Scotland] Haswell-Smith] [ [http://www.orkneyjar.com/placenames/pl-isle.htm Orkney Placenames] ] [ [http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/ Ordnance Survey] ] [Anderson, Joseph (Ed.) (1893) "Orkneyinga Saga". Translated by Jón A. Hjaltalin & Gilbert Goudie. Edinburgh. James Thin and Mercat Press (1990 reprint). ISBN 0-901824-25-9] Pedersen, Roy (January 1992) "Orkneyjar ok Katanes" (map, Inverness, Nevis Print)]
Stronsay is an
islandin Orkney, off the north coast of Scotland. The main village is Whitehall, home to a heritage centre. It is 3,275 ha in size, and 44 metres (144 feet) at its highest point.
Sights on the island include the
Vat of Kirbisternatural arch and seabirds including arctic terns. Orkney Ferriessail from Whitehall to Kirkwallon the Orkney Mainland, and planes fly there from the island's airstrip.
There is one school on the island which is for both Primary and Secondary pupils.
Stronsay is the birthplace of author
Two flint arrowheads discovered at a site investigated by
Orkney Collegein April 2007 are believed to date from the late Paleolithicor early Mesolithicperiods some 10-12,000 years ago. They were found amongst a scattered collection of other tools on a farm. If confirmed they could be the earliest human artefacts found so far in Scotland. [Ross, John ( 05 October 2007) "Orkney arrowheads find points to Scotland's earliest settlement". Edinburgh. "The Scotsman".]
18th and 19th centuries
The island is now agricultural, but during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries,
kelpcollection and herringcuring employed up to five thousand people. The population while still high for a Scottish island was over a thousand for the entire 19th century, and up until the mid 20th century. The 1891 census, for example, recorded a population of 1275 people, excluding seasonal itinerants involved in the herringindustry.
The kelp burning industry thrived in the 18th century, and some of the ruins of kilns can still be seen. It was started by James Fea of Whitehall in 1727, and lasted into the early 19th century.
Stronsay beastwas a mysterious, decomposing corpse of a sea-creature that was stranded in 1808. The carcass measured 55 feet in length, with the "neck" 15 feet and the circumference of the body 10 feet.cite encyclopedia | title = Stronsay Beast | encyclopedia = Encyclopedia of Cryptozoology: A Global Guide | author = Newton, Michael | pages = 442-443 | publisher = McFarland & Company, Inc. | date = 2005 | id = ISBN 0-7864-2036-7 ] The corpse created a great stir, with some proclaiming it a sea serpent, but others have claimed it was a decayed basking shark.
Geography and geology
Like nearly all of Orkney, Stronsay is made up of old
red sandstonewhich has produced a fine soil in many places. It is generally low lying.
With an area of 33 square kilometers (13 square miles) it is the seventh largest of the Orkney Islands. Surrounding small islands include
Linga Holm, Papa Stronsay, the Holm of Huip(named after a district in north west Stronsay) and the Holms of Spurness. To the north is Sanday, to the north west Eday, Shapinsayand Mainland Orkney to the south west, and Auskerrydue south.
While the landscape is treeless, the fertile soil supports a wide variety of wild flowers including
oysterplant, frog orchids, adder's tongue, and also a naturalised population of Patagonian ragwort.
There are a wide variety of birds on the island, and
twitchers have recorded many rarities here. The common birds include whooper swan, various ducks and geese, included the Greenland goose, as well as redshank, snipe, quail, skua, corn buntingand corncrakes (rare in Scotland).
The more unusual occasional visitors which have been recorded include:
American golden plover
Arctic red poll
warblers including: Radde's warbler, marsh warblerand subalpine warbler
List of Orkney islands
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