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Orkney, also known as the Orkney Islands, is an archipelago in the Northern Isles of Scotland, United Kingdom, situated off the north coast of Great Britain. Orkney is 16 kilometres (10 mi) north of the coast of Caithness and comprises approximately 70 islands, of which 20 are inhabited. The largest island Mainland is often referred to as "the Mainland". It has an area of 523 square kilometres (202 sq mi), making it the sixth-largest Scottish island and the tenth-largest island in the British Isles. The largest settlement and administrative centre is Kirkwall.

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SIX months before Orkney was able to declare itself BVD free, a positive result for the disease has been found on the island, with a total of eight animals, to date, being culled. No persistently infected cattle had been identified on the island for more than 18 months, and after two years clear, it would have ...
Orkney MSP Liam McArthur has expressed further frustration at the continued lack of a start date for Road Equivalent Tax (RET) for the Northern Isles ferry routes. Following up local concerns that the Northern Isles could be losing out on attracting visitors this summer due to a delay in announcing the start ...

An ambitious £3million plan to completely eradicate predatory non-native stoats in Orkney has moved a step closer after winning overwhelming public support. A cull aims to protect the island's wildlife for future generations – with Orkney's nature highlighted as one of main attractions for visiting tourists, who ...
The children's charity, NSPCC Scotland is visiting schools around Orkney at the moment, as part of a nation-wide effort to combat abuse and neglect. During the visit staff from the charity have been delivering 'Speak Out Stay Safe Assemblies', which the charity says are focused on helping children, in an ...
The island of Rousay in Orkney is renowned for the wealth of its archaeology; so much so that it is known as the Egypt of the North. Over the next few weeks a team of archaeologists from around the world are assembling on Rousay to help unlock some of the questions still remaining about the distant past of this mysterious ...
Orkney Football Club sealed a first North Caledonian League title in style, winning the title with an 11-1 drubbing of Bunillidh Thistle. Orkney, knowing three points would seal an historic first league triumph, eased their way past a Thistle side who offered feeble resistance at best. A quickfire double from ...

But he was shocked to make a discovery of such size and significance at Swartland Farm on West Mainland of Orkney saying “it is ace.” The farm has been in Steven Whylie's family for generations and even he described talk of what was there as just a “rumour since I was a wee boy.” He said: “I am very ...
“Given these challenges, wherever possible, we should all seek to support Orkney's huge variety of brilliant independent, locally run businesses. There are so many great shops along the streets of Kirkwall, Stromness, and in every parish and island, not forgetting the many traders on Hatston and Garson ...
Businesses across the islands are being encouraged to make sure their properties are secure following recent crimes of dishonesty. Enquiries are ongoing into two recent incidents on the island of Hoy, including the theft of a charity tin from the ferry terminal at Lyness and an attempt to force entry to a coin ...
Orkney Football Club is on the brink of a first North Caledonian League title. They play bottom-of-the-league Bunillidh Thistle tomorrow in their final game of the season, and a win would secure the trophy for the first time in the club's six-year history. Orkney top the table, however, Invergordon are just one ...
The committee behind Orkney's 2023 Island Games bid has named the thirteen sports that will be included if the event is held here. They are archery, athletics, badminton, clay shooting, football, golf, gymnastics, lawn bowls, road cycling, sailing, squash, swimming and triathlon. It was announced this week ...
Eight of Orkney's top young athletes will benefit from funding of up to £1,500 each in a bid to ease the burden of travel costs. Tommy Ballantine (badminton), Glen Brough (rugby), Amy Golder (kickboxing), Mia McAllister (swimming), Rachel Evans (dressage), Tia Whitton (climbing), Andrew Torbet (squash) ...
Highlands and Islands MSP Maree Todd is calling on local groups in Orkney to apply to the Scottish Government's new £6m Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund that is now open for applications. The Scottish Government announced the fund in response to increasing visitor numbers across rural Scotland and ...
Orkney has held on to the title of Britain's best rural place to live for the second year running. The latest Halifax Rural Areas Quality of Life Survey has revealed that Orkney beat Rutland in the East Midlands, Wychavon in the West Midlands and Winchester and Waverly to be crowned the top rural area to live ...
THERE are some places you visit and say, “Never again.” Then there are those you just fall in love with on the spot and no matter how often you go back their flame burns undimmed. So the news that the Orkney Islands have been named the best place to live in rural Britain comes as little surprise to me.
The latest Halifax 2018 Rural Areas Quality of Life Survey put Orkney at the top of the table for the second year in a row, followed by Rutland in the East Midlands in second place, Wychavon in the West Midlands in third place, Winchester in fourth place and Waverley in the South East in fifth. The annual ...
Orkney led 6-3 at the break, and despite seeing two yellow cards, Orkney battled their way to victory. The crucial victory lifts Orkney to 20 points in BT National League Division 3 as they seek to continue their stay in the national leagues.

Chris Hellewell's magnificent free-kick ended an enterprising first-half on a high note, curling the ball into the net from 25 yards. Invergordon hit back in the second half, and with no extra-time played, the match went straight to penalties. Both sides were locked at 4-4 after missing a spotkick each, however, ...
THE Orkney Islands have been identified as Britain's best rural place to live for the second year in a row according to a new survey. The latest Halifax 2018 Rural Areas Quality of Life Survey awarded the Scottish island the top spot and put Rutland in the East Midlands in second place. It was followed by ...
The launch event for the free publication was hosted by VisitScotland, and held in the Kirkwall iCentre this afternoon. Produced each year by Orkney Media Group, the magazine is aimed at the tourist sector and celebrates Orcadian products, people and places, as well as providing all the information ...
It is scheduled to be heard at Kirkwall Sheriff Court on Orkney in June. A statement released by Haggis Adventures folllowing Jamie's death read: “Jamie was adored by us all. We are proud to call him our best friend. “He loved his job, he was incredibly fun, passionate and cared deeply for everyone he ever ...
A new study could potentially transform our understanding of the way Neolithic people dealt with their dead. Archaeologists excavating Neolithic tombs in Orkney are used to finding jumbled collections of bones that seem unconnected. Now, work by Dr Rebecca Crozier, from the University of Aberdeen, ...
THREE sites on Skye and Orkney are being allocated a share of a £6 million Scottish Government fund to help them prepare for the tourist season. Orkney's Standing Stones of Stenness, Fairy Pools and Neist Point, both on Skye will benefit from the Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund, which was set up last ...
The first woman bishop in Scotland has been consecrated. The Scottish Episcopal Church said the consecration of Canon Anne Dyer as Bishop of Aberdeen and Orkney - a supporter of marriage equality - was a "significant and historic event". She became the Rt Rev Anne Dyer after the service at St ...
Building on the success of the first Orkney Business Festival in 2016, the event has been organised by Business Gateway Orkney, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Orkney Islands Council. Events take place in Kirkwall at the Orkney Arts Theatre, the Pickaquoy Centre and the St Magnus Centre.
A yellow weather warning of snow has been issued by the Met Office, and will be in force in Orkney for the next three days, starting tomorrow, Thursday. With a layer of snow having coated the county overnight, last night, further snow showers are expected on Thursday, accompanied by very low ...
With the Scottish Rugby Union asking for mascots from Orkney, Scott, who is in his last year of mini rugby, had the luck of the draw as his name was picked out of the hat, meaning the Glaitness Primary School pupil will now run out on the hallowed Murrayfield turf with the Scotland team as they attempt to ...
Resilience, a groundbreaking documentary on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) is available for public screenings in communities throughout Orkney, starting in St Margaret's Hope next Wednesday evening. Following a showing of the documentary last May, six Third Sector organisations formed an ...
Women's sanitary products have been made available for free on Orkney College UHI's campus in Kirkwall. The initiative could be rolled out across the University of the Highlands and Islands' network, which involves 12 other colleges and institutions. The other sites are in the Highlands, Shetland, Moray, ...
Royal Norwegian Navy frigate HNoMS Thor Heyerdahl called into Hatston Pier, Kirkwall, this afternoon for a short port call enroute to a major NATO exercise. Commander of the vessel, SG Daniel Thomassen, explained that he was delighted to have the opportunity to take the vessel into Orkney, given the ...
Orkney Football Club are on the brink of a first North Caledonian League title after overcoming Golspie in a five-goal thriller. The 3-2 win means maximum points in the home clash against Bunillidh Thistle – bottom of the league with one win all season – next weekend would see Orkney crowned champions ...
Orkney's bid to host the 2023 Island Games has moved forward with 13 sports now chosen by the bid committee. Hosts are required to select between 12 and 14 sports from a list of 18. Following about a year of work with local sports organisations, the committee has chosen the disciplines. They are ...
His selection came as a surprise said Andrew — ranked number three in Scotland in the under-15 age-group — however he outlined his delight at being named in the five-person team. The teenager also believed that more of Orkney's young squash talents could follow in his footsteps and be called up to ...
For this year's Fairtrade Fortnight, Orkney Fair Trade Group are organising Treasure Hunts “aroond the toon” in Kirkwall and Stromness. Fairtrade Fortnight kicks off this Monday, February 26 and run until March 11. First launched in 1995, the campaign is designed to encourage people to buy products ...
A man has died following an accident involving overhead power lines in Orkney. The incident happened during a lifting operation in St Mary's village on Sunday. Cliff Cooper, aged 32, was standing next to a telehandler vehicle when the jib of the machine touched overhead electricity cables. The driver ...
April 7, 2018 at 4:45 pm Winger Matt Jackson squeezes in at the corner to score Orkney's first try of the afternoon. (www.theorcadianphotos.co.uk). Orkney RFC came close to upsetting promotion-chasing Murrayfield Wanderers at Pickaquoy this afternoon in BT National League Division 3, in what was a high scoring and ...
A new exhibition, curated by students from Orkney College, recently opened at the Pier Arts Centre, Stromness. A Window into their Worlds is a collection of drawings by Sylvia Wishart, Barbara Hepworth and Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, selected from the Pier Arts Centre's Permanent Collection. Curated by ...
Orkney Cloud Forum, which is being coordinated by Duncan Clarke at Aquatera Ltd. and Laura Watts at IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark, who has spent the last decade working in the islands, is a community forum where the needs and novel ideas for an Orkney Cloud service are to be discussed ...
We'd really like to see all the funding available to Orkney benefitting Orkney, so we'd urge any potential applicants to get in contact with us as early as possible to discuss ideas big and small — including other funding they might be able to access such as the Council's Community Development Fund.”.
Resilience, a groundbreaking documentary on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) is available for public screenings in communities throughout Orkney, starting in St Margaret's Hope next Wednesday evening. Following a showing of the documentary last May, six Third Sector organisations formed an ...
With the Scottish Rugby Union asking for mascots from Orkney, Scott, who is in his last year of mini rugby, had the luck of the draw as his name was picked out of the hat, meaning the Glaitness Primary School pupil will now run out on the hallowed Murrayfield turf with the Scotland team as they attempt to ...
Women's sanitary products have been made available for free on Orkney College UHI's campus in Kirkwall. The initiative could be rolled out across the University of the Highlands and Islands' network, which involves 12 other colleges and institutions. The other sites are in the Highlands, Shetland, Moray, ...
Why not treat the gin-lover in your life, this weekend? The inaugural Orkney Gin Festival kicks off today, Friday, and there's far more to it than just a tipple or two. Along with special tasting events, where Orkney gin enthusiasts will get to try out some samples from all over Scotland, there will also be an ...
Although it is also likely that the Orkney Islands' explosive growth is no doubt a tad skewed to a smaller sample size than most other areas of the UK,” says founder of Emoov Russell Quirk. There are also generous grants available to businesses setting up in the area, which will be attractive to qualifying ...
An Orkney-based care home has secured a contract to install hoist trackers in its facility to ensure the safe and simple transfer of residents. 32-bed St. Peter's House, as well as NHS Orkney's Balfour Hospital, has contracted Innova Care to supply and install hoist systems. The mobility company has ...
Further meetings were held this week over future provision of an abattoir in Orkney. Orkney MSP Liam McArthur, what attended the meeting on Tuesday this week has reported that interest has been expressed in the Challenge Fund that the local council set up to attract private investors to the abattoir.
Discussing the budget for the year ahead, Orkney's policy and resources committee agreed to make cuts of more than £1.7m. The final budget is due to be approved later this month. In Orkney, a 3% increase would see council tax for a Band D property rise by £32 from £1,068 to £1,100. In November, the ...
The story of how new light has been shed on the death of a soldier from Aberdeenshire 100 years ago, by a history teacher. • The national union of rail maritime and Transport workers states its case for the Northern Isles ferry services and Orkney's ferry services to be nationalised. For all these stories, ...
The entire Island of Sanday, the third largest Orkney Isle, was without power since around midday on Wednesday. Around 500 people live on the island. At around 5pm, the local emergency co-ordinating group held a meeting to discuss the issue. Inspector Keith Bendall said: "Just after midday today strong winds on ...
A special event, aimed at promoting construction apprentice opportunities in Orkney is to be held in the Kirkwall Town Hall tomorrow, Tuesday. Orkney Construction Training Group (OCTG) recently commissioned a number of short videos to promote careers in the sector in Orkney, which will be shown to ...


 

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