Orkney is beautiful. No one can argue with the scenery and the wildlife. Relics of the Neolithic, Viking and 20th. century wartime history of Orkney are everywhere and visitors are drawn to these fascinating sites, particularly in the summer months.
However, it is important to remember that Orkney has a thriving local economy too. Innovative renewable energy projects are all around us and the energy, shipping and oil industries are all served because of Orkney’s special location. Farming, fishing, food production, brewing, distilling, jewellery and craft making all go on here too. This work continues all the year round. Unemployment is low and Orkney feels a real working community – not just a tourist attraction.
This short film gives you a flavour of Orkney’s more industrial side: