2 December 2019
Stoma Cattle Boat 'Bee' - Pdf article
The Stroma cattle boat called 'Bee' was rescued
from, its slow but inevitable,
disintegration and rebuilt by John William Laird of Eastend, Duncansby.
surviving Viking-inspired boat that served a now- abandoned island goes
up for auction
- 28 November 2019
on Jimmy Simpson, Laird of Stroma Born 5 April 1928 Died 2nd
5 June 2017
eerie photographs of the abandoned island of Stroma
The images show traces of a life once lived on the island of Stroma
that was abandoned by its last resident more than 50 years ago.
29 October 06
Stroma Gathering 2006
The annual Stroma Gathering took place at the Seaview Hotel, John
O'Groats on Friday 27 October.
Vegetation Of The Isle Of Stroma
This article by
Ken Butler was written for the Caithness Field club Bulleting of April
Church and Manse
is the Stroma church and Manse many years ago.
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
These photos were taken in
2001 and the number refers to the map numbering and not the number of
the house if it had one.
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 Catherinbyrne@aol.com
firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help.
First Stroma Bus Tour 1950
12 December 04
Of The Map showing Houses
This 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 information.
12 December 04
25 November 04
24 November 04
number relates to the map and not to the number of the house
17 September 03
Waybaggers Walk Stroma
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
Journal of Bishop Falconar of 1762
On the dead
bodies on Stroma..............
Stroma Poems 21 July 2003
Anne’s Yarn - The Swelchie of Stroma
Lost at Sea in a Fog
The Stroma Man’s Yarn
Gathering 2002 2
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 years old.
Stroma Kirk 2
Another picture from Catherine
Byrne showing the inside of the church on Stroma
A new gallery with a couple of new pictures from the
air. Over time further pictures will be added to the gallery.
The Island That Died by Donald Omand
in Caithness Field Club Bulletin 1992
17 April 2002
Team & Robert Richmond Take North Coast Marine Adventure Trip
A jet boat trip
on a sunny but windy night with a full tide flowing.
the Bettina Danica Wrecked in 1994
2 November 2001
Margaret 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.
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.
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.