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Hatston terminal is Orkneys largest commercial pier and Scotland's longest deep-water commercial berth


The Orkney islands are at the forefront of Scotland's renewables industry.

About Orkney

Orkney is made up of around 70 islands clustered where the North Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean, and fewer than half are inhabited. Yet the islands’ geography positions them at the frontline of Scotland’s renewables industry. The European Marine Energy Centre leads research and development in wave and tidal prototype testing. Wind turbines create energy for island traffic, and plans for island ferries to run on hydrogen power are on the horizon.

Internationally renowned as home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site, these islands and their people harness thousands of years of vibrant heritage and nature.

Every year, the population of over 22,000 swells as thousands more visitors from the UK and beyond explore Orkney’s past and present, soaking up ancient history and contemporary culture, craft and sampling the islands’ abundant locally-produced food and drink.

Orkney’s produce, and not just its reputation, has a global reach. The fruits of its food and drink industry - everything from ice cream and shellfish to whisky and beer - feature on dinner tables around the world. Designers, artists and jewellery-makers make handcrafted Scottish, Celtic and Nordic pieces, ensuring that thousands of visitors can enjoy a piece of these unique islands’ charms long after they’ve gone.

Neolithic villages, Viking runes, ancient stone circles and prehistoric graves. Orkney may lie just six miles from the UK mainland, but much of this remarkable archipelago’s celebrated appeal is rooted in another world. 

About Orkney




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Couple enjoying a paddle in the sea at Burray, Orkney


Want to know a bit more about Orkney from the people who live there? Visit the local website. It's got information for tourists and those planning to make the islands their home.

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We're working with partners to develop the Orkney Research and Innovation Campus (ORIC) to support business growth and stimulate R&D work.

Orkney Campus


Community-led social and economic development is key to success in many of our areas. Westray's community wind turbine supports a wide range of community group projects which touch every aspect of island life. Find out more in our video. 

Westray Development Trust

We actively encourage talented people, such as software developers or data engineers, who are based and working elsewhere to move here to Orkney. And that’s where the support of HIE, SDI and GlobalScot is helping to raise our business profile.
Raymond Pennie, Co-founder, Kyloe

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