Orkney’s clear oceans are teaming with life and it comes as no surprise that fish and shellfish make up a huge part of the Orcadian diet.
Mull Head in August sunset
Cool, clear waters of Orkney breed the tastiest fish.
Eat out in Orkney and you will find fresh fish and seafood always on the menu but the bounty of the Orkney seas is also in high demand in many of the World’s most prestigious restaurants.
Some of the finest London restaurants feature fish from Orkney.
The cool, clear waters ensure that lobsters, mussels and scallops grow slowly, building up great depth of flavour.
Although you will find the old favourites like haddock, herring and cod, you will also find the equally delicious wolf fish, witch and megrim.
Take it from me, wolf fish and chips is wonderful! Kirkwall hosts a local farmer’s market on the last Saturday of each month where you will find locally grown produce and bounty from the sea. However, take a drive along the coastal roads and you will see little signs pointing you to where you can buy direct from the fisherman.
There are many fine fishmongers, smokeries and places to eat in Orkney and we have created this website to feature all that the seas around Orkney have to offer.
We will bring you articles, news and features from the fishermen as well as some tasty recipe ideas and details of where you can buy your Orkney seafood and great places to eat.
If you have any ideas for articles, want to have your say or are indeed one of Orkney’s fishermen, then please get in touch with us…we would love to hear from you.
Jollys of Orkney have served premium quality fish and shellfish to Orkney for almost 60 years. We also offer a wide range of other popular Orkney products, such as cheese, meats, oatcakes, biscuits and Orkney Hampers.
Today, the company remains a family owned business, owned by Orcadians George and Anne Stout. It is still thriving, and continues to use traditional methods in this modern age, such as smoking fish in their own kiln, as well as filleting fish and preparing shellfish by hand.
As well as our main shop at Hatston, you can also visit us in our fantastic Kirkwall deli, The Brig Larder and browse through a large range of our fish produce as well as a selection of Orkney Fudge, Cheese, Oatcakes, Meat and more.
Please browse our website for a flavour of Orkney which can be yours at the touch of a button. There's free UK delivery on all orders over £20, so go on, what are you waiting for!
Kirkwall marina is an all year facility located within the harbour, just yards from the visitor attractions of this ancient port. Our Marina Staff will welcome you and give you information on local attractions and facilities.
There are many local shops, hotels and restaurants close by where you will find warm Orcadian hospitality and fresh local produce. Highland Park and Scapa Distilleries, the most northerly whiskey distilleries in Britain, are also within walking distance.
Orkney Sailing Club, located across the harbour from the Marina, welcomes all visitors to the port of Kirkwall whether in a visiting yacht or just a tourist in the Islands.
Sea Gear Supplies started in 1996 and is run by Colin, with assistance from Lisa, John, Kirsty, Christine and Jocky. We are based in the Orkney Isles and provide a personalised service whilst keeping prices down. Sea Gear recently became a Limited company. We supply the local fishing, agricultural, marine renewables and construction industries, and the owners of recreational craft. Sea Gear Supplies has built up a vast range of products from an extensive network of suppliers.
We have just become the UK distributor for Mantus anchors and will sell wholesale or to private customers. We are now in the position where we are able to supply our products throughout the United Kingdom at very competitive prices. We have a few products which are available to buy online, and will add to them as time permits. If you do not see what you are looking for, have a look at the product catalogues we have available for download or viewing online or contact us, as we can usually source it for you.
When you stand in the garden of our beautiful Orkney Islands Hotel and take a look across the loch, you stand on the edge of one of the world's most beautiful and unique landscapes. The image of this will stay with you forever and as a hotel, Standing Stones is proud to be a part of this.
Overlooking the Loch of Stenness, Standing Stones is one of the most perfect hotels as a starting point for exploring all of Orkney and what it has to offer. Set back from the main Stromness to Kirkwall road, the views overlooking the loch from our hotel are absolutely stunning, from the midsummer sunsets to winter horizons.
From our hotel's beautiful gardens, you can look across to the Loch of Stenness and see the heart of Neolithic Orkney. Recognising its outstanding universal value and heritage, the principal archaeological sites in the area were inscribed on the World Heritage List by UNESCO in 1999. Standing Stones Hotel is just eleven miles from Kirkwall and three miles from Stromness, making us the ideal hotel choice with 17 excellent, well-appointed bedrooms, offering you the comfort and service you are looking for whatever the purpose of your visit to Orkney.
Address: The Standing Stones Hotel, Stenness, Stromness, Orkney, KW163JX
Stromness is a picturesque and bustling small town, shaped by the sea. Yards from the historic harbour, the winding streets lead to a range of eateries, local craft shops and galleries.
The Orkney Folk Festival, held in Stromness every May, is a highlight in both the Orkney and Scottish Folk calendars. Performers and visitors from all over the world come to soak up the music, and, of course, the magical atmosphere.
For four generations, and over 60 years, Donaldsons have been pushing the boundaries of innovation in the meat trade with many exciting new products, without losing sight of the traditional flavours and recipes that founded the business.
Hi, we’re Stuart and Adelle Brown, owners and founders of Deerness Distillery.
We’re situated in the beautiful Parish of Deerness on the east mainland of Orkney, an archipelago off the north-eastern coast of Scotland. Built on land near our family home, we designed and constructed the distillery ourselves with the help of family, friends and neighbours. It accommodates stills which distil gin, vodka and rum, plus a forthcoming range of bespoke spirits and liqueurs.
Skerries Bistro is a bespoke glass building located 80 metres from the cliff with stunning views across the Pentland Firth.
Carole & Hamish, who run the restaurant share the same passion of using the freshest local food and ingredients and presenting dishes as simply as possible.
We serve a range of food but our speciality is fresh Orkney shellfish and fish. We use locally sourced sustainable ingredients and support local suppliers wherever possible. As a result, our menu slowly evolves through the season.
Address: Skerries Bistro, Saint Margaret's Hope, Orkney, KW172RW
The Kirkwall Hotel with stunning views to the north is one of Orkney's finest Victorian Buildings, perfectly situated within the historic town of Kirkwall, on the picturesque harbour front, close to the marina and the main shopping area, ideal for business or leisure.
As a privately owned family run business you will be looked after with a genuine warm welcome and friendly efficient service throughout your visit. The hotel has 36 en-suite rooms with a great range of facilities, our excellent harbour view restaurant offering an extensive menu featuring the best local produce has to offer, relaxing lounge, function rooms, lounge bar and public bar. For your convenience the hotel is Dog friendly.
Address: The Kirkwall Hotel, Harbour Street,, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW151LF
Follow the Viking Trail to Westray where you will find the smallest of the Marinas on Orkney. The welcome there is famous; Marina Staff will watch you approach and meet you at the Marina when you arrive.
Westray, known as 'The Queen O' The Isles', has its own historic sites, RSPB nature reserve, sandy beaches and eating places serving fresh local seafood. Watch the gannets diving off Noup Head, visit the 16th century Notland Castle or see nature at its best on the West Westray Walk. Visitors to Westray return year after year.
Whether you are visiting Orkney for the first time on holiday to sample some of Orkney’s favourite tourist attractions such as Maeshowe, Skara brae, Ring of Brodgar or on a frequent business trip, DRIVE ORKNEY can offer a variety of vehicles for hire to meet all of your transport requirements.
We are located in Kirkwall, the main town in the Orkney Islands, our services include free collection and drop-off to and from Kirkwall Airport, unlimited mileage within the Orkney Islands and free child seats.
DRIVE ORKNEY will provide you with a friendly service and a modern, professionally prepared vehicle during your visit.
The Lynnfield is a small country-house hotel, looking northwards over Orkney’s capital, to Kirkwall Bay and the north isles beyond. We offer beautifully furnished accommodation, with each room being unique and carefully decorated. We are also renowned for the exceptional food which is presented from our restaurant, perfect for a romantic meal whilst looking over the Orkney countryside.
The accommodation at The Lynnfield hotel consists of ten, fully fitted bedrooms and suites, meaning we can give individual attention to all our guests. On the other hand, if you want to be left in peace during your stay, that is in plentiful supply here. All of the hotels bedrooms are spacious and tastefully decorated, furnished with antique beds and complemented by very modern en-suites. You won’t find better accommodation throughout Kirkwall, or indeed the whole of Orkney.
Our wood-panelled lounge provides the ideal space within the hotel to relax. If the peat fire and comfy sofas aren’t relaxing enough, choose a soothing dram from our extensive range of malt whiskies – over 360 at last count, including many rare expressions of Highland Park, Britain’s most northerly distillery, and our closest neighbour.
Our restaurant offers fine views over Kirkwall, but more importantly food of exceptional quality from the comfort of the hotel. Built on a commitment to using the finest local produce, including beef, seaweed-fed lamb, fish, shellfish and much more – our talented head chef, Lorna Reid, creates dishes that are light, elegant, yet full of flavour. Our restaurant also offers a 70-bin wine list offers the widest, highest quality choice in Orkney.
If you’re looking for a relaxing stay at a hotel offering exceptional quality accommodation in Kirkwall or Orkney, contact us today to arrange your booking.
Based in the picturesque harbour town of Stromness in the Orkney Islands and established in 1876 by Adam Flett, we are traditional butchers with five generations of skill now continued by John and Janette Park.
We are suppliers of high quality Orkney produce including the famous Orkney Beef, reared and slaughtered on Orkney. Please visit ‘Our Products‘ page for full list of products on offer.