OCA - The Craft Trail
A window into Orkney Craft Workshops and artists’ galleries
The Craft Trail makes it easy to discover the amazing, traditional and contemporary, arts and crafts businesses that thrive on these inspirational islands. Whilst doing so, visitors explore the sensational landscape that makes these beautiful islands so unique.
The Orkney Craft Trail is maintained by the Orkney Crafts Association (OCA). Established in the 1990’s, OCA supports Orkney-based professional artisans by promoting their beautifully made products at home and abroad.
Pick up a copy of the Craft Trail booklet to browse and select the craft businesses you would like to see more of, and find out more about. The guide contains a map and each member’s page has clear simple instructions on how to get there, as well as the opening times etc. Of course, we don’t expect you to limit yourselves to just one visit – so you can also use the map to compile your own personal Craft Trail – visiting all the things that interest you.
A warm welcome awaits you when visiting any of our craft trail members’ workshops. By showing works in progress, personalised tours bring each Orkney designed and made craft to life.
Orkney Craft Association members’ work can be purchased from their own galleries and workshops when you visit, or from various retail shops throughout the islands. OCA members also have a selected range available to view and buy at the “Ortak Galleries” outlet on Kirkwall’s Albert Street.
Display cabinets showing our members’ work are also located at Kirkwall Airport, the Stromness NorthLink Ferry Terminal and the Kirkwall Tourist Information Centre.
Not all members’ workshops are suitable for public access so, in the Craft Trail brochure, you will also find information on OCA members who are not on the Craft Trail, but who sell their products in various local shops. Do take the time to look them up as well for even more options on what to take home with you.
You can also follow us on Facebook by searching for Orkney Crafts Association
We hope you enjoy our Orkney Craft Trail and we are confident that you will find something to take home from our wide range of traditional and contemporary arts and crafts which will remind you of your visit to Orkney for years to come.
Enjoy your stay on Orkney!