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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.