0 comments on “Winter festival has silver lining for Orkney’s Skull Splitter Ale”

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

0 comments on “Orkney Tourism Group appoint new project officer”

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…

0 comments on “Entrants sought for Orkney MasterChef competition”

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…

0 comments on “New Orkney Crafts Association website goes live”

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,…

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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…

0 comments on “Westray crowned first ever Orkney home produce champions”

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,…

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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…

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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,…

0 comments on “Orkney’s new digital communications manager logs on”

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,…

0 comments on “Orkney’s parishes set to go head to head in home produce competition”

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…

0 comments on “Drive underway to make Orkney a WorldHost destination”

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…

0 comments on “Orkney firms enjoy success at major food and drink trade show”

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…