Five Star East Heddle and The Byre Gains a Silver Award

East Heddle was awarded five star status by the Scottish Tourist Board, August 2009. As of this date 40 % of all 5 star self-catering properties in Orkney are now run by has also been graded at the first time of inspection by the Green Tourism Business Scheme at a Silver Standard for environmental impact and business process.


We are confident that now we understand the full criteria required that we can improve this rating to the Gold award next year.


Beer Cheers

Orkney Brewery has secured a historic double, taking both first and second place in the prestigious Champion Beer of Scotland competition, which was held in Edinburgh on Thursday.

The brewery's 3.8 per cent Raven Ale won the overall title of Champion Beer, with its 4.0 per cent Red MacGregor ale placing second. The competition forms part of the Scottish Real Ale Festival, currently underway in the capital.

East Heddle

East Heddle Is nearly done. Six years in the making. It exceeds expectations, it is amazing, everything we could have dreamed.

Turriedale 4 Stars

Turriedale was graded as strong 4 star self catering by the STB last week (April 5th). The Byre retained 5 star status.




Pierless Arts

We may be  better known for our neolithic world heritage site and great natural beauty – but now Orkney is to get its own taste of the contemporary art scene.

An exhibition devoted to the American video artist Bill Viola is to open at the award winning Pier Arts Centre in Stromness in June, as part of a scheme aimed at spreading contemporary art shows throughout the country.

The works on tour are from the collection of dealer Anthony d’Offay, which was sold to the Tate and the National Galleries of Scotland last year for £26.5m ($36.6m) – a fraction of its £125m valuation.

More than 30 “Artist Rooms” will be created at 18 galleries across the country over the course of the year.