Design work under way for St Peter’s House replacement

St Peter's House, Stromness.

Plans and designs are being drawn up for the replacement St Peter’s House in Stromness. After a competitive tendering exercise, the OIC has appointed Glasgow-based Young and Gault Architects to lead the design project. The aim is to replace the current 28-bed St Peter’s House with a modern 40-bed facility …

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Lifeboat launched after clam diver reported missing

Kirkwall Lifeboat.
(Picture: Craig Taylor)

Kirkwall Lifeboat was called out, for the second time yesterday, just after 5pm to assist in the search for a clam diver missing off Shapinsay. Shetland Coastguard called the RNLI station to say that the vessel Fair Morn had reported one of its clam divers had not been sighted resurfacing. The dive …

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Lifeboat rescues entangled yacht

Kirkwall Lifeboat was called out this afternoon to rescue a yacht with five people onboard which was tangled in fishing gear off Shapinsay. The lifeboat was launched at 3pm and headed to the scene to find the yacht Sula with a creel rope entangled in its propellor, half a mile …

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‘European dimension’ to subjects discussed at Islands Summit

Orkney Islands Council convener, Councillor Steven Heddle.

Renewables, digital connectivity, islands proofing, emergency towing vessels, and plans for an “islands deal”, were among the topics discussed at the second Islands Summit in Kirkwall yesterday, Monday. The summit saw representatives of the councils of Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles meet with UK Government Minister Andrew Dunlop. The …

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Police release name of road accident victim


Police have named the 32-year-old motorist who died in a road accident in Sandwick yesterday morning. He was James Gunn, from Stromness. According to Police Scotland, they were notified of the incident, near Garson Farm, at 5.30am on Saturday morning A spokesman said: “On police attendance it was found that the sole male …

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Councils gather in Kirkwall for Islands Summit


Scotland’s three island councils will meet the UK Government in Kirkwall tomorrow. Monday, for the second annual Islands Summit. The summit brings together the Western Isles, Orkney Islands and Shetland Islands Councils to discuss key economic development issues. The meeting will be chaired by UK Government Minister Andrew Dunlop. He …

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Inter-island transport events – call in and share your views


A series of drop-in events in the North and South Isles will give residents the chance help shape the way ferry and air links are provided in future. These get under way tomorrow,  Monday, and are an important part of an Inter-Island Transport Study, commissioned by Orkney Islands Council, and …

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Sponsored rowers finish ahead of schedule

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A sponsored row around the Orkney Mainland and linked isles finished at around 11am this morning – four hours ahead of schedule. 37 members of the Orkney Rowing Club set out on the challenge at 3pm yesterday afternoon, with the goal being to finish within 24 hours. The club is raising …

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Gardens wanted for Kirkwall archaeology project

Discovering Hidden Kirkwall

Archaeologists are looking for five households in the Kirkwall Town Centre who would be happy to have a test pit dug in their garden. At the helm of the Discovering Hidden Kirkwall project is Dan Lee, the Archaeology Institute UHI’s lifelong learning and outreach archaeologist. He said: “Following the success …

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GlastonBurray is back


Fifteen bands; two charities and an atmosphere that would rival any of the big hitters on the festival scene — GlastonBurray is back for 2016. Making its debut in the Burray Hall last year, the line-up of ten local bands wowed crowds, who soaked up the festival atmosphere, many choosing …

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On a mission to cycle 100 miles

Fundraising for the Fishermen's Mission continues this weekend.

The second part of an endurance event organised to raise money and awareness of the work of the Fishermen’s Mission is set to take place at the weekend, with a 100 mile cycle, the ‘Pentland Firth Cycle Challenge.’ Keen Fishermen’s Mission supporter Craig Taylor, from Kirkwall, along with Roy Norquoy, …

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Last day to catch ‘Orkney Paint Over’

Ring of Brodgar, by Peter Roche.

Today is the last day to view an unusual exhibition of art in Finstown. Orkney Paint Over is by Lincolnshire artist Peter Roche and involves a series of 31 Orkney-inspired abstract paintings displayed outdoors, near the Finstown slip. After the exhibition, Peter is donating 30 of the paintings to Macmillan Cancer …

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Around the Mainland – by row boat

Members of the Orkney Rowing Club will set out on their around-Mainland fundraising row this afternoon.

Members of the Orkney Rowing Club will set off from Kirkwall this afternoon, Friday, on a fundraising row around the Orkney Mainland. Weather permitting, 37 members of the club set out from the Corn Slip at 3pm, rowing around 90 to 100 miles in support of Cardiac Risk in the …

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Orkney votes ‘remain’


The majority of Orkney voters want the UK to remain in the EU. The local result of today’s referendum has been announced at Kirkwall Grammar School, with 7,189 of the county’s voters wanting to stay in the EU, and 4,193 wanting to leave. As reported earlier, the turnout of Orkney …

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