Double success for Orkney Brewery in World Beer Awards

The Orkney Brewery is celebrating double success in a major international beer competition, with two of its ales taking top honours. Dark Island Reserve, Orkney Brewery’s speciality 10% ale, secured the UK Country Winner accolade, in the Dark Beer (Strong)…

Island Smokery’s Orkney Butter reaches new heights in Dubai

Butter from Orkney has reached dizzying new heights, being served up in the world’s tallest restaurant, within the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. The hand-wrapped artisanal butter, produced by The Island Smokery, was chosen by top chef Christopher Graham for use…

Visitors ready to flock to North Ronaldsay

“It's a great way of meeting new people and putting yourself forward to experience something unique and rewarding,” says Kate Traill Price, coordinator of the North Ronaldsay Sheep Festival. “The main appeal is the sense of teamwork and achievement, mixed in with the celebration of…

Ortak returns home to former Kirkwall premises

Revitalised Orkney jewellery brand, Ortak, is relocating back home to its former premises in Kirkwall, it was announced this week. Ortak’s move, from its current workshop in the town’s Great Western Road to the much larger building on the edge…

Celebrate Orkney’s gardens this summer

Although breathtakingly beautiful, Orkney might not immediately seem like the ideal place to pursue gardening as a serious hobby. Apart from our salty maritime air, it frequently gets a bit breezy here, with little by way of natural shelter to…

Storm strength Arkh-Angell gin hits Orkney

A new ‘storm strength’ version of Orkney Distilling’s Kirkjuvagr Gin is being launched in Kirkwall this weekend. The 57-per-cent gin has been named Arkh-Angell, after the fishing boat belonging to the late father of Aly Kemp – one half of…

Iconic Orcadian jewellery brand Ortak celebrates half century

Iconic Orcadian jewellery brand Ortak is marking its 50th anniversary by releasing five special commemorative pieces – one for each decade – throughout 2017. Choosing the designs to mark this milestone in the brand’s history has been a company wide…

New Orkney business serves up freshly roasted speciality coffee

A new Orkney based business is sourcing and roasting high quality coffee beans from around the world, in the first commercial venture of its kind in the islands. The Orkney Roastery - set up by Sara Tait and Euan Smith…

Orkney Brewery’s popular puffin gets bottled

The popularity of Orkney Brewery’s cask Puffin Ale has prompted the firm to launch a bottled version of the 4.5 per cent brew. Officially released this week, the new 500ml bottles of Puffin Ale are expected to fly off the…

London showcase for Orkney marine energy businesses

Nine Orkney based marine energy businesses are set to take part in a major industry event being held in London this week. Organised by Renewable UK, the Wave and Tidal 2017 conference and exhibition is aimed at demonstrating the value…

Work underway on new Kirkwall gin distillery and visitor centre

Work is underway on Orkney Distilling Limited’s new artisan distillery and visitor centre in Kirkwall, with the facility expected to be open by late summer of this year. The project, set to create between eight and 10 jobs locally, is…

New employment and recruitment consultancy launches in Orkney

A new Orkney based recruitment consultancy, offering a range of services to employers and job seekers in the islands, is officially launched this week. The Orkney Employment Consultancy has been set up by local employment specialist, Claire Sim.  “Over the…

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…

Go ahead for Orkney craft distillery

Plans for an Orkney craft distillery – the first in the islands – have been given the go-ahead by the Islands Council. Work on Orkney Distilling Limited's artisan distillery, visitor centre and shop – to be sited in Kirkwall’s Ayre…

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…

Unique festival celebrates Orkney’s seaweed eating sheep

A unique festival celebrating a rare breed of seaweed eating sheep is to be held on a remote Orkney island this summer. The fortnight-long festival has been organised by the community of North Ronaldsay to raise awareness of its ancient…

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…