Orkney is always open for business! The islands boast a thriving community of independent producers, businesses and retailers, and even in our most remote corners everything is in place to ensure you have what you need to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.
While Orkney is just perfect for getting away from it all and switching off, it is also home to a population of around 20,000 islanders. It offers an excellent quality of life and in our towns and villages you will meet the people and local businesses that make Orkney tick. The capital Kirkwall and the charming port of Stromness on the West Mainland are the main shopping centres and also home to many other services you may need to call on during your stay.
Shopping in Orkney is a pleasure not a chore! If you are planning a self-catering holiday then you'll have no trouble finding all the essential supplies and those all important special treats required to keep everyone happy. For a family picnic on the beach or your very own Orkney-themed dinner party, we've got it covered!
Free from the typical high street brands, Orkney's shops are predominantly independent - many are family businesses that have served the local community and visitors alike for over 100 years. You'll find butchers, fishmongers, artisan bakeries and grocery stores with a fantastic choice of local and international produce. Orkney is a proud supporter of the Fairtrade movement and Kirkwall boasts not one but three supermarkets should your supplies run low.
On Orkney, the needs of our visitors are taken very seriously indeed. There's bars, restaurants, bistros and delightful tearooms dotted across the islands. Car and bike hire is widely available and if you want to take to the seas, boat charter can be arranged also. There are specialist camping and fishing tackle retailers, and our main towns are well equipped with sports and leisure facilities should the weather drive you indoors. We can also be relied upon to provide a bucket and spade for the beach if the kids have left theirs at home!