Campaign partnership work wins top tourism award for Destination Orkney

Destination Orkney has secured a major tourism award for its partnership work on an innovative marketing campaign aimed at attracting visitors to the islands for short weekend breaks. The organisation, which represents around 500 tourism businesses in Orkney, won the Working…

Local accountancy talent boosts Scholes CA management team

Orkney based accounting firm, Scholes CA, has made team member Ryan Allan an associate director of the business, it was announced this week. The promotion strengthens the management structure at Scholes CA and comes as the company looks to sharpen its…

Orkney Distilling in the pink with new Beyla gin

Orkney Distilling is set to launch a new Old Tom style pink gin that combines rare Orcadian honey with fresh Scottish raspberries, marking the fifth offering from the award-winning Kirkwall based company. Beyla – named after the Norse goddess of…

Cannes spotlight on Orkney’s pioneering marine energy work

A major documentary on climate change, featuring Orkney’s pioneering marine energy work, is set to be premiered at the Cannes Film Festival next week. Ice on Fire has been produced by Leonardo DiCaprio and is also narrated by the actor, who has…

Stunning new Glasgow showcase for Orkney jewellery designer

Orkney jewellery designer Sheila Fleet OBE is set to open a stunning new shop within Glasgow’s award-winning retail and leisure destination, Princes Square, this week. The new store, which opens on Friday (5 April), promises customers a unique retail experience,…

Zoe Davidson Jewellery set to launch Spring Tides collection

Young Orkney jewellery designer, Zoe Davidson, is set to launch a striking new collection inspired by the sea-carved shoreline formations of her island homeland. The Spring Tides range, handcrafted in silver, combines Zoe’s signature fold-formed metalwork with contrasting gemstones, accents of…

New era for Orkney’s tourism industry

A dynamic new partnership body has been created to responsibly boost tourism in Orkney over the next seven years as the industry locally continues to witness significant growth. The recent Islands Visitor Surveyshowed that Orkney welcomed over 170,000 visitors last…

New Sheila Fleet Jewellery visitor centre opens its doors

“It’s been about blending elements of its past with the future and finding it a new purpose,” says Sheila Fleet of the former St Andrew’s Kirk, now serving as a visitor centre for her Tankerness based jewellery business. “We hope…

Studying at Orkney’s global campus

“I think it’s one of the most unique places I’ve ever been in my life,” says Canadian student Nick Fraser, reflecting on his temporary Orkney home. “People can tell you about it, and try to describe it, but it’s really…

First for Orkney as island rum producer sets sail

Orkney’s first rum distillery officially launches its new spirit this weekend, with an infamous island pirate providing inspiration for the brand. J. Gow Rum, created by VS Distillers Ltd, is named after Orcadian pirate, John Gow, who was executed in…

Orkney businesses make finals of tourism awards

THREE Orkney businesses have been shortlisted as finalists in this year’s Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards (HITA), it was announced today (Friday, 29 September). The Ferry Inn, Scapa Scuba, and The Orkney Brewery and Visitor Centre are amongst 55 contenders…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…