Latest on Stroma
29 October 06
Stroma Gathering 2006
The annual Stroma Gathering took place at the Seaview Hotel, John O'Groats
on Friday 27 October.
The Vegetation Of The Isle Of Stroma
This article by Ken Butler was written for the
Caithness Field club Bulleting of April 1979
Stroma Church and Manse
is the Stroma church and Manse many years ago.
Heatherbell Number 53
in by Sheila Moir to add to the growing Stroma collection. The
house is Heatherbell number 53 on our map and the house where Andy Moir
Sheila's husband was born. Believed to be his granny and two sisters
in the photo
19 March 06
House Number 11
photos were taken in 2001 and the number refers to the map numbering and
not the number of the house if it had one.
Stroma Gathering 2005
25 May 05
Photos Found On Stroma - Who Are They?
Do You Know?
island of Stroma off the Caithness coast can still throw up a few surprises.
Catherine Byrne found these photos on the island. Can anyone help
identify the people from the baby who may be Agnes Elizabeth or Uncle George
to the much older photo of a man in a suit with waistcoat to the family
picnic outing. email
email@example.com if you can help.
Stroma Bus Tour 1950
12 December 04
Larger Version Of The Map showing Houses
is a larger version of the map showing the houses. We have been aware
that the original one pasted was difficult to read but now that Broadband is
around we have posted this larger version that will take longer to download
if you are still using a modem. But it is easier to read the
12 December 04
Stroma Gathering 2004
25 November 04
24 November 04
number relates to the map and not to the number of the house
Waybaggers Walk Stroma
was even warm sitting on the boat sailing from Gills to Stroma. We walked
up the middle of the island towards the lighthouse which sits at the north
end. Hundreds of terns were nesting round it and we were constantly dive
bombed by them until we left their territory. The cliffs behind the
lighthouse are only 15-20 feet high with shoals of rocks reaching far out
into the sea. Several dozen seals were either basking on the rocks or
swimming in the shallow sea..............
28 July 03
Bishop Falconar of 1762
On the dead bodies on Stroma..............
Stroma Poems 21
Old Anneís Yarn
- The Swelchie of Stroma
Lost at Sea in a Fog
The Stroma Manís Yarn
Stroma Gathering 2002 2 December 2002
Catherine Byrne who =was the last baby to be
born on Stroma has sent in pictures of the 2002 gathering that takes place
every year at John O'Groats. Catherine left Stroma when she was 10
Inside Stroma Kirk 2 December 2002
picture from Catherine Byrne showing the inside of the church on Stroma
Aerial Gallery 2 December 2002
A new gallery with a couple of new pictures from the air. Over
time further pictures will be added to the gallery.
Island That Died by Donald Omand
First published in Caithness Field Club
17 April 2002
Caithness.org Team & Robert
Richmond Take North Coast Marine Adventure Trip To Stroma
A jet boat trip on a sunny but windy night with
a full tide flowing.
Mestag Castle Reconstruction
Pictures Of the Bettina Danica
Wrecked in 1994
2 November 2001
Aitken's Stroma Memories
Margaret Aitken was a lighthouse keeper's wife and she wrote
a book about her experiences "12 Light Years" in 1988. The book
has been out of print for some years but will be re issued in May or June
2002. Margaret has kindly allowed us to publish an article she has
just had published in the BBC Magazine Homes & antiques.
Castles On Stroma
There was a castle on Stroma known locally as Mestag castle was
built by the vikings - "maastack" (seagull rock). All that remains are
a few courses of the original masonry. the castle site lies on a stack
in the south west of the island.
Another site described as a castle is on a rocky promontary at Flendie Clett
in the south east corner - shown on the 1872 Ordnance survey map.
James Miller 1991 in the book "Stroma" edited by Donald Young
says "Mestag, at least probably dates from Norse times and may be
contemporary with such other Norse forts as
Lambaborg (now Buchollie) at Freswick.
It is not mentioned in any of the Sagas and nothing is known of who built
it, although from its exposed position we can surmise that it may have been
planned as an emergency refuge in times of strife." The Stroma book is
out of print.