Powerwall trial for low-carbon Orkney housing development

An innovative domestic battery system, which uses renewable energy to supply low-cost electricity to properties, is being trialled within a new Orkney housing development. The Tesla Powerwall batteries are being installed in 30 affordable homes being constructed by Orkney Builders…

BBC Good Food Show set to experience a taste of Orkney

This weekend’s star-studded BBC Good Food Show in Glasgow is set to experience a taste of Orkney, with local gin, cheese and bakery goods all on the menu. Three islands food and drink businesses will showcase products at the event,…

Orkney’s Churchill Barriers inspire unique new collection by islands jeweller

Orkney’s iconic Churchill Barriers have inspired a unique new collection by young islands jewellery designer, Zoe Davidson. The barriers, created during WWII to protect Royal Navy ships anchored in Scapa Flow, now act as causeways linking the Orkney mainland with…

Winners of Orkney Food and Drink Awards 2016 announced

Orkney’s finest food and drink businesses were recognised at a prestigious awards ceremony held in Stromness last night (Saturday, 15 October). Thirty-six local food and drink business were shortlisted for 16 different awards, covering everything from the best breakfasts, lunches…

Orkney jeweller backs women’s rugby squad

A desire to support strong women and champion female participation in sport has led Orkney based jewellery designer Alison Moore to sign a sponsorship deal with the islands’ ladies rugby team. The jeweller is providing brand new team shirts for…

Island Smokery secures major US order ahead of expansion

Orkney based speciality cheese producer, The Island Smokery, has just secured its first ever order for the United States. The Stromness firm, which is set to move into bigger premises in the town later this year, is supplying 600kg of…

Jewellery community comes together for refugees

Orkney jewellery designer Alison Moore is one of more than 60 jewellers from throughout the UK to donate work to a Facebook auction in aid of refugees in Europe and the Middle East. The Auction for Aid gets underway today…

Shortlist for 2016 Orkney Food and Drink Awards revealed

The shortlist for this year’s Orkney Food and Drink Awards has been revealed, following a public vote that attracted 4,000 nominations. Thirty-six local food and drink business are in the running for 16 different awards, covering everything from the best…

Kirkvagr Gin sails into Kirkwall for official launch

Orkney’s new premium quality gin, Kirkjuvagr, will be officially revealed in the islands’ capital this weekend. The gin has been created by Orkney Distilling Limited, run by Kirkwall couple Stephen and Aly Kemp, after months of painstaking research and recipe…

Orkney designer Hilary Grant commissioned for major exhibition

Orkney knitwear designer Hilary Grant has been commissioned to produce new work for a high profile exhibition, being staged at Edinburgh Airport next month. The exhibition, titled Local Heroes, aims to take a snapshot of contemporary design in Scotland, working…

Orkney’s Hoxa Tapestry Gallery marks 20 years in business

The Hoxa Tapestry Gallery in South Ronaldsay, Orkney, is marking its 20th anniversary this year. The gallery was built in 1996 by Leila Thomson and husband Benny, to showcase Leila's large hand-woven tapestries, inspired by the landscapes, folklore and heritage…

New jewellery business launches in Orkney

A young Orkney jewellery designer is using an ancient form of metal origami to create a unique new collection of handcrafted silverwork, which launches in the islands this weekend. Twenty-five-year-old Zoe Davidson graduated in Jewellery and Metal Design from Dundee’s…

New brochure marks 20 years of Orkney Craft Trail

The 20TH anniversary edition of Orkney’s unique craft trail brochure, which highlights the workshops, studios and shops of local artisans, is set to be launched this week at a major tourism event in Edinburgh. Twenty-one businesses - covering everything from…

Aquatera strengthens Japanese marine energy ties

Orkney based energy and environmental consultancy Aquatera Ltd has further strengthened ties with Japan, becoming a member of a key industry association in the country and entering into a partnership with a leading Japanese offshore operations company. The Stromness based…

Orkney showcased at major tourism trade event

Orkney Tourism Group is set to fly the flag for the islands at a major international travel trade event, which takes place in Edinburgh next week. The VisitScotland Expo 2016 gives Scottish tourism businesses the chance to promote their products…

Open Windows exhibition showcases local artists

Kirkwall’s town centre is set to form the backdrop to a special Orkney themed exhibition showcasing the work of 30 local artists. The Open Windows event - organised by the Kirkwall BID and local artist Laura Drever- will see paintings,…

Plans for new Orkney craft distillery revealed

Plans for an Orkney craft distillery – the first in the islands – have been revealed by the local couple behind the project. Stephen and Aly Kemp from Kirkwall - trading under the name of Orkney Distilling Limited - are…

Final preparations underway for Orkney crafts festival

Orkney is gearing up to host its first ever large-scale crafts festival this month, with a bumper programme of events scheduled to take place during the three-day community event. Laldie Haans, as the festival has been named, will bring together…

Orkney WorldHost drive steps up a gear

The drive to win prestigious WorldHost destination status for Orkney is stepping up a gear, with more and more businesses in the islands signing up to the customer service initiative. Regarded as the gold standard training programme for firms relying…

Orkney’s wildlife in focus for Scottish Tourism Week event

  The key role Orkney’s wildlife and environment plays in attracting visitors to the islands will be the focus of a special Scottish Tourism Week event being held in the county on Friday (11 March). Members of Orkney Tourism Group…

Final phase of Orkney tidal energy array cabling project completed

The final phase of a major project to investigate cost-effective methods of cable laying for tidal power arrays, with the aim of helping accelerate development of the marine energy industry, has been completed in Orkney. Funded by Scottish Enterprise, the…

Voting underway in 2016 Orkney Food and Drink Awards

If you’ve enjoyed a great meal in Orkney, experienced outstanding service at a local hotel or restaurant, or been impressed by the marketing efforts of an islands producer, then the organisers of the 2016 Orkney Food and Drink Awards want…

Keeping the heart in Kirkwall for Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, the hopeless romantics of the Kirkwall BID are planning to mark the occasion with a very special gesture they hope will win over the hearts of shoppers. The BID’s ‘Keeping the Heart in…

Aquatera gains Scottish Business Pledge approval

Orkney based environmental and energy consultancy Aquatera Ltd has become the first company in the islands to gain approval under the Scottish Business Pledge initiative. Introduced last year, the Scottish Business Pledge is a partnership between the Scottish Government and…

Orkney showcased at Glasgow food and trade fair event

Fourteen Orkney businesses are set to showcase their products at a major food and trade fair event, which gets underway in Glasgow this weekend. Scotland’s Speciality Food Show 2016 brings together 130 exhibitors offering the very best of fine food…

Orkney tourism businesses gather for annual conference

Orkney’s annual tourism conference takes place in Kirkwall’s Pickaquoy Centre this week, with over 400 local businesses invited to attend the flagship event. The focus of this year’s conference - organised by Orkney Tourism Group (OTG) – will be on…

First phase of tidal array cabling project hailed a success

The first phase of a major project to investigate cost-effective methods of cable laying for tidal energy arrays has been hailed a success. Funded by Scottish Enterprise, the £2.4m Tidal Array Cabling Solution project was launched in December 2013 to…

Kerry crowned Orkney Amateur MasterChef 2015

Kerry Leask from Kirkwall has been crowned Orkney Amateur MasterChef 2015. She won the title after a competition staged in a packed Orkney Theatre last night (30 September), going head to head with fellow amateur cooks, Erica Clarkson, Caroline Critchlow and…

Ortak head to Japan on trade show mission

Jewellery manufacturer Ortak is heading to Japan this weekend to fly the flag for Orkney at a brace of major trade events showcasing British-made goods. The Kirkwall-based firm will first exhibit its range at the Hankyu British Fair in Fukuoka…

Orkney Crafts Association launch online shop

Orkney Crafts Association (OCA) has launched an online shop in a bid to boost sales of locally handcrafted goods, throughout the UK. Visitors to the OCA website now have the opportunity to buy everything from jewellery, textiles and knitwear, to…