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…

Winter festival has silver lining for Orkney’s Skull Splitter Ale

Orkney Brewery’s iconic Skull Splitter ale has scooped a prestigious award in a top national beer competition. The 8.5 per cent ale took silver in the Barley Wine and Strong Old Ales category of the Champion Winter Beer of Britain…

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…

Orkney Tourism Group appoint new project officer

Orkney Tourism Group has appointed a new project officer to help support tourism businesses in the islands and drive forward plans to extend the county’s visitor season. Kerry Wilson will also be working to identify any improvements needed in visitor…

Entrants sought for Orkney MasterChef competition

Orkney’s best amateur cooks are being urged to dust off their recipe books and aprons and enter this year’s local MasterChef competition. Four people will be selected by organisers Orkney Food and Drink to pit their culinary skills against one…

Orkney firms fly flag for County at Royal Highland Show

Fifteen Orkney businesses will be flying the fly for the county at this year’s Royal Highland Show, which runs between 18 and 21 June at Ingliston, near Edinburgh. The firms – six from the local food and drink sector, and…

New Orkney Crafts Association website goes live

Orkney Crafts Association’s new website goes live today (10 June), showcasing the work of around 40 local crafts businesses, covering everything from jewellery and silversmithing, to textiles, knitwear, art, photography, woodwork and pottery. Each crafts person has a dedicated page,…

Orkney garden trails open for 2015 season

Orkney’s unique fund-raising garden trails are now open for the summer season, with organisers promising a real treat for visitors. Fifteen gardens are featured across two Orkney trails, open between 7 June and 19 July, with a third covering South…

Aquatera’s bright new talent in running for awards

Two members of the team at Orkney based energy and environmental consultancy Aquatera are in the running for prestigious national renewables awards. Gotzon Garcia and Jamie Pratt have both been shortlisted as finalists in the inaugural Young Professionals Green Energy…

Westray crowned first ever Orkney home produce champions

The island of Westray was crowned Orkney home produce champion after a fiercely contested community wide competition held in Kirkwall at the weekend. A dozen Orkney parishes went head to head in the first ever Homemade in the Parish event,…

Top rated National Geographic Orkney story boosts international interest in Ness dig

A National Geographic article on Orkney’s Neolithic sites, which focused on efforts to unearth a major prehistoric temple complex in the islands, has been voted as the most popular of 2014. The Before Stonehenge cover feature from the magazine’s August…