the largest island is called
(meaning: "Priests' Island of Stronsay")
lies just off the island of Stronsay
To get to Papa Stronsay is not complicated but it is clearer if we say that there are three steps.
First it is necessary to to get to Kirkwall, Mainland Orkney.
Second, to get from Mainland Orkney to the island of Stronsay.
Finally, from Stronsay the monastery boat will take you to Papa Stronsay.
Option 2: By sea from Aberdeen to Kirkwall. The sailings are twice a week. The ship arrives into Kirkwall from Aberdeen about 11.00 p.m. so it is necessary to arrange for over night accommodation in Kirkwall either at a B&B or a hotel. The carrier is Northlink Ferries.
Option 3: Land and sea travel. You must direct the course of your travel to one of three seaports on the Northern coast of Scotland. They are: Scrabster, John O'Groats or Gill's Bay. Ferries operate out of each of these ports. All include further overland travel to Kirkwall; busses connect from the ferries to Kirkwall.
Scrabster - Stromness: To get to the port of Scrabster take a train or bus to Thurso. Scrabster is nearby (1-2 miles) and can be walked or take a taxi.. Northlink Ferries operate between Scrabster and Stromness, Orkney. A bus connects from Stromness to Kirkwall. This is the classical way of getting to Orkney because this service has operated for many years and operates all year round. Trains and busses arrive at Thurso from Inverness. Trains and busses arrive at Inverness from Edinburgh.
John O' Groats - Kirkwall: This is a summer service. The Orkney Bus leaves the Inverness railway station and takes you to Orkney vis the short sea crossing between John o' Groats and South Ronaldsay. Orkney. The service continues from there directly to Kirkwall Cathedral.
Gill's Bay - St. Margaret's Hope: This is a fairly new service and is excellent for people coming in their own transport. The crossing from Gill's Bay is about an hour and you then drive from St. Margaret's Hope to Kirkwall in about 40 minutes. It is operated by Pentland Ferries.
There are over 70 islands in Orkney and 20 are inhabited. Mainland Orkney is the hub to the other islands. The passage from Orkney Mainland to Stronsay is made either by air or by sea.
outside Terminal 1
Foot passengers waiting to board for Stronsay.
Ferry docked at the Stronsay pier.
The Stronsay pier weathervane.
Howsoever and whithersoever the wind blows
it points the way to Papa Stronsay.
By the Stronsay weathervane ...
we're on course;
and nearly half way home.
This is a short journey from Stronsay to Papa Stronsay;
it takes about 5 minutes in the monastery boat.
One of the Church's little harbours of salvation.
Below are lists of useful numbers of Carriers, Tourist Boards etc.
* All numbers listed are UK numbers 
RYANAIR 0870 3331250 www.ryanair.com
EASYJET 0870 6000000 www.easyjet.com
BRITISH AIRWAYS 08457 733377 www.britishairways.co.uk
ORKNEY FERRIES 01856 872044 www.orkneyferries.co.uk
NORTHLINK FERRIES 01856 850655 www.posf.co.uk
PENTLAND FERRIES 01856 831226 www.pentlandferries.co.uk
SCOTTISH CITYLINK 08705 505050 www.citylink.co.uk
NATIONAL EXPRESS 08705 808080 www.gobycoach.com
SCOTTISH TOURIST BOARD 01463 716996 http://www.visitscotland.com/
ORKNEY BUS 01955 611353 www.jogferry.co.uk
LOGANAIR 01856 872494