0 comments on “Zoe Davidson Jewellery set to launch Spring Tides collection”

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…

0 comments on “New era for Orkney’s tourism industry”

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…

0 comments on “New Sheila Fleet Jewellery visitor centre opens its doors”

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…

0 comments on “First for Orkney as island rum producer sets sail”

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…

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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…

0 comments on “Island Smokery’s Orkney Butter reaches new heights in Dubai”

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…

0 comments on “Visitors ready to flock to North Ronaldsay”

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…

0 comments on “Ortak returns home to former Kirkwall premises”

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…

0 comments on “Iconic Orcadian jewellery brand Ortak celebrates half century”

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…

0 comments on “New Orkney business serves up freshly roasted speciality coffee”

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…

0 comments on “London showcase for Orkney marine energy businesses”

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…

0 comments on “New employment and recruitment consultancy launches in Orkney”

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…

0 comments on “Powerwall trial for low-carbon Orkney housing development”

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…

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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,…

0 comments on “Orkney’s Churchill Barriers inspire unique new collection by islands jeweller”

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…

0 comments on “Orkney jeweller backs women’s rugby squad”

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…

0 comments on “Island Smokery secures major US order ahead of expansion”

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…

0 comments on “Jewellery community comes together for refugees”

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…

0 comments on “Shortlist for 2016 Orkney Food and Drink Awards revealed”

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…

0 comments on “Kirkvagr Gin sails into Kirkwall for official launch”

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…

0 comments on “Orkney designer Hilary Grant commissioned for major exhibition”

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…

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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…

0 comments on “Unique festival celebrates Orkney’s seaweed eating sheep”

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…

0 comments on “New jewellery business launches in Orkney”

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…

0 comments on “New brochure marks 20 years of Orkney Craft Trail”

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…

0 comments on “Aquatera strengthens Japanese marine energy ties”

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…

0 comments on “Orkney showcased at major tourism trade event”

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…

0 comments on “Open Windows exhibition showcases local artists”

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,…