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,…

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’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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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’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…

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…

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…

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…