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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,…

New Orkney Craft Trail brochure launched

The latest edition of Orkney’s unique craft trail brochure, which highlights the workshops, studios and shops of local artisans, is launched this week. Eighteen businesses - covering everything from jewellery, ceramics and artwork, to textiles and traditional Orkney chair making…

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…

Eclipse watchers head for Orkney’s stone age sites

Orkney’s archaeology rich landscape is being hailed as the ideal place to witness the spectacle of this month’s once in a lifetime solar eclipse. A number of tourism businesses in the islands are offering special eclipse related packages for visitors,…

Orkney’s new digital communications manager logs on

Orkney’s new digital communications manager logged on for business this week, overseeing several key islands websites in a bid to boost the county’s online profile. Former BBC journalist Andrew Learmonth will act as webmaster for the recently revamped Orkney.com portal,…

Fundraising bid launched for Orkney Creative Hub

A major fundraising campaign has been launched to raise cash for a new art, design and crafts centre for the Orkney community. Organisers behind the Orkney Creative Hub project are looking to raise £1 million by April to buy and…

Orkney’s parishes set to go head to head in home produce competition

Orkney’s parishes are set to go head to head in a special community wide home produce competition being staged this year. Organised by Orkney Food and Drink, the Homemade in the Parish event will see teams from throughout the islands…

Electric car hire first for green Orkney self catering business

A green Orkney self-catering business is thought to be the first in the country to offer electric car hire to its guests. The Sankey family, who also operate tour firm Orcadian Wildlife, plan to rent the Renault Zoe to tourists…

Drive underway to make Orkney a WorldHost destination

Tourism leaders in Orkney are urging local businesses to sign up to a top customer service training scheme in a bid to secure special WorldHost status for the islands. The WorldHost programme is regarded as the gold standard for training…

Orkney firms enjoy success at major food and drink trade show

Two Orkney firms have scooped top awards for their products at a major food and drink trade show being held in Glasgow this weekend. The Orkney Bakery (Argo’s) won a Best Confectionery, Biscuit and Snack Award for its Orkney Beremeal…

Orkney’s marine energy industry focus of Japanese visit

Orkney’s marine energy industry has been the focus of a fact-finding visit by Japanese politicians and business leaders. The 10-strong party from the Nagasaki Prefecture, on the island of Kyushu, toured the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Stromness at…

Winners of Orkney Food and Drink Awards 2014 announced

Orkney’s finest food and drink businesses were recognised at a prestigious awards ceremony held in Kirkwall tonight (Saturday, 4 October). Twenty-eight local food and drink firms were shortlisted for 12 different awards, covering everything from the best breakfast, lunch and…

Foveran’s Roddy is Orkney MasterChef 2014

The Foveran Restaurant’s Roddy Belford has been crowned Orkney MasterChef 2014. Roddy won the title after a competition staged in the Orkney Theatre last night (1 October), going head to head with the Hamnavoe Restaurant’s Sarah Taylor, Hazel Hourston from…

Shortlist for Orkney Food and Drink Awards 2014 revealed

The shortlist for this year’s Orkney Food and Drink Awards has been revealed, with the winners set to be announced at a gala event in Kirkwall next month. Twenty-eight local food and drink business are in the running for 12…

Dark Island Reserve top of Great Taste class with three gold stars

The Orkney Brewery’s speciality Dark Island Reserve ale has picked up three gold stars – the highest award possible – at this year’s Great Taste Awards. Regarded as the industry Oscars, The Guild of Fine Food’s annual Great Taste Awards…

Still time to vote in Orkney Food and Drink awards 2014

OVER 1,500 entries have been received for the Orkney Food and Drink Awards 2014, with event organisers urging anyone still to vote to get nominations in before the 31 August deadline. The awards - organised by Orkney Food and Drink…

New Orkney food and drink website launched

A new website showcasing the very best of Orkney food and drink has been launched today (Tuesday, 10 June). The site - http://www.orkneyfoodanddrink.com - aims to promote local food and drink firms, while highlighting news, events, awards and other activities…

Highland Park lovers can have their cake and eat it

Lovers of Highland Park Scotch whisky can now have their cake and eat it, thanks to a new collaboration between the world famous distillery and a leading Orkney bakery firm. Working closely with Highland Park, the Stromness based Argo’s Bakery…

Orkney firms keen to get on board with Serco NorthLink Ferries

Thirteen Orkney food, drink and crafts businesses will take part in a special meet the buyer event this week in a bid to have their products sold on Serco NorthLink Ferries’ services to the northern isles. The firms will meet…

Voting underway in Orkney Food and Drink Awards 2014

Voting in this year’s Orkney Food and Drink Awards is now underway, with fans of great local produce being urged to nominate their favourite business. The awards form part of a re-energised and expanded Orkney Food Festival, which will run…

Strutt & Parker Land Business, Spring 2014

Strutt & Parker's informative Land Business magazine has been given a very sharp makeover by those talented people at Sunday . Looks fantastic. I was delighted to contribute an article on Scottish independence for the Spring 2014 issue, in addition…