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Rackwick bothy closed after vandalism

For the first time since it opened to visitors over 40 years ago, the popular bothy at Rackwick in Hoy is now locked, following an act of mindless vandalism which took place last week. John Budge, chairman of the Hoy Trust, which owns the bothy, popular with visitors to the iconic Rackwick area, said that […]

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House of Lords gives hope for superfast broadband – Carmichael

A vote in the House of Lords last night, has amended the Digital Economy Bill so that every home has to be served by a 30 Mbps internet connection by 2020 — a three-fold increase on the level promised by the UK Government. Welcoming the vote, Northern Isles MP Alistair Carmichael described the 30Mbps target […]

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Scapa Flow German High Seas Fleet scrap sites explored

A team of marine archaeologists have completed a dive on the German High Seas Fleet scrap sites in Scapa Flow. The marine archaeologists from Orkney Research Centre for Archaeology (ORCA), the University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute and colleagues from SULA Diving completed a dive on the German High Seas Fleet scrap sites […]

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London showcase for Orkney’s marine energy businesses

Nine Orkney-based marine energy businesses taking part in a major industry event in London this week. Organised by Renewable UK, the Wave and Tidal 2017 conference and exhibition is aimed at demonstrating the value of the marine energy industry to the UK and securing high-level support for the sector. A wide range of technology developers […]

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A talk about ‘Silent’

Keith Allardyce, the author of Silent: A portrait of deserted Orkney buildings, is giving a talk in The Orcadian Bookshop this evening, Thursday. Building on the success of his Found series of books, which featured Orkney beachcombing finds, for Silent Mr Allardyce turned his camera on silent, desolate and run-down buildings around the Orcadian countryside. Once cosy homes, […]

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In this week’s edition of The Orcadian

This week’s edition of The Orcadian is now available at all the usual outlets and online, here. This week’s front page features stories on: • Concerns over the number of cruise liner passenger numbers are raised as Orkney Islands Councillors are given an update on a study of the tourism industry in Orkney. • After […]

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St Magnus pilgrimage route logo unveiled

The organisers of the new St Magnus Way have unveiled its new logo. This follows the decision by the Orkney LEADER Local Action Group to provide funding towards the installation of the 51-mile pilgrimage route. The route will be launched in stages over 2017, as part of a year of events marking the 900 years […]

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Councillors approve budget for the year ahead

As expected, Orkney Islands Councillors today, Tuesday, formally approved the budget for the authority for the financial year ahead, a move which will see a rise in council tax for the county. A short special general meeting of the OIC was held this morning, where councillors gave their backing to the previously agreed budget, with […]

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Orkney projects to benefit from Climate Challenge fund

Two organisations in Orkney are to benefit from funding from the latest round of the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge fund. Orkney Zerowaste is to be given £68,149 while Papay Community Co-operative has been awarded £117,300, so they can undertake projects that will encourage recycling, reduce waste and tackle climate change. On Monday, the Scottish First […]

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Weather warning issued for Orkney

A severe weather warning has been issued for Orkney and the surrounding areas. According to the Met Office, west to northwesterly gales are expected from the early hours of tomorrow morning until mid-afternoon, with Orkney and southern Shetland predicted to see 75 to 80mph winds. This afternoon has seen disruptions to the county’s internal ferry services […]

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