The good quality farming land comes alive in the spring and summer to provide a wonderful green carpet over Orkney, producing very fine breeding animals and quality meat. The colours of sea surrounding the islands is vivid and everchanging. The fishing fleet has reduced in numbers over the years due to changing legislation, but there still remains a strong fishing community and many small boats which fish for shellfish, and dive for scallops.
There is a growing industry in Orkney in renewable energy, which has produced leading research within tidal and wave resources, along with a growing number of wind energy projects. We still have a small oil terminal within the islands which has 10% of the UK's oil passing through and provides work for many locals.
Tourism is a great boost to our local economy and we love sharing our island heritage and culture with a stranger passing through; a long held tradition of Orkney folk and part of their natural hospitable character.
We hope the following suggestions of ways to pass your time in Orkney will provide you with a taste of the Islands and their rich tapestry of life. I hope you can create memories that will last for a lifetime,