Our Orkney Craft Trail

Orkney’s traditional materials – wool, wood and stone – have been crafted for hundreds of years. Nowadays we can add to that our internationally recognised gold and silver jewellery. This tour gives you the essence of Orkney’s arts and crafts.

The Orkney Museum

In the heart of Kirkwall , situated in a 16th century building , this museum provides a vivid introduction to Orkney’s history from the Neolithic to the Vikings and on to the present day. The museum hold regular exhibitions relating to Orkney life.

Orkney Craft Trail - Pictish stones at the Orkney Museum - photo by Colin Keldie

St Margarets Hope

Once an important ferry port for the south isles of Orkney, this village on South Ronaldsay is now quiet and picturesque.

The Loft Gallery and Workshop

In St Margaret’s Hope, this little gallery features the work of Orkney artists and craft items from the islands.

Orkney Craft Trail - Aerial photo of St Margarets Hope by Colin Keldie

Robertson’s Coffee House

Now selling excellent food and drink, these premises were once a traditional island shop selling everything. The floor to ceiling shelving is still in use!

Sheila Fleet Kirk Gallery

In a picturesque setting overlooking Mill Bay in Tankerness, this refurbished church features a newly opened workshop and cafe that presents the work of one of Orkney’s international jewellery designers.

Orkney Craft Trail -  Sheila Fleet jewellery

Orkney Craft Trail - Photo of Stromness by Colin Keldie


Stromness was originally a fishing village and dates from the 17th century. The main street twists and turns along the shore among houses built into the sea onto small piers. Today there are many local craft and art shops to explore. 

Stromness Museum

This small Victorian museum was founded in 1837 and contains displays on Orkney’s Maritime and Natural History including the Hudson Bay Company, whaling, fishing and also displays exhibits from the German Grand Fleet scuttled in Scapa Flow at the end of WW1.

Orkney Craft Trail - The Pier Arts Centre - photo by Colin Keldie

The Pier Arts Centre

An Art Gallery with a changing programme of exhibition, including local  as well as internationally renown artists. It has a world famous permanent collection of works from the St Ives School of modern artists including works by Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson.

Michael Sinclair Woodturner

Woodturner Michael Sinclair’s Gallery in Harray , displays and sells bowls turned in Scottish hardwoods – ash, yew, sycamore, oak and beech.

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