Autumn Bookings

We have a mixture of weeks available across most of the crofts in the run up to Chirstmas.

Turriedale, the Bu and the Byre are mainly available. 

East Heddle is closed until February 2018

Winners of Orkney Food and Drink Awards 2016 Announced


Best Restaurant Evening Meal
Foveran Restaurant


Best Hotel/Bar Evening Meal
Kirkwall Hotel


Best Lunch or High Tea
Willows Coffee Shop - Wellpark Garden Centre


Best Breakfast
Eastward Guest House


Best Local Food Retailer
The Brig Larder


Best Marketing Initiative
The Brig Larder


Best New Product
Island Smokery - Sweet Chilli Smoked Cheese


Best Meat-Based Supplier/Producer
Craigie Butchers


Best Fish-Based Supplier/Producer
Pierowall Fish Ltd


Best Dairy-Based Supplier/Producer
Orkney Creamery


Best Bakery-Based Supplier/Producer
Rendall's Bakery


Best Drink-Based Supplier/Producer
Swannay Brewery


Best use of OFD Products
Foveran Restaurant


Outstanding Customer Service
The Brig Larder



Read All About it !

The London Evening Standard  July 13th 2012.

Banking the Bones

AN ALMOST intact human skull which may date back 5,000 years has been exhumed from a tomb in South Ronaldsay in Orkney.

The burial chamber containing a collection of bones was discovered by local skipper Hamish Mowatt, who caught a glimpse inside the tomb in September, when he was working the land at the Banks bistro owned by his fiancée, Carole Fletcher.

Archeologists believe the layout of the newly uncovered tomb may shed light on the rituals and beliefs of our neolithic ancestors. Dan Lee, project officer with the Orkney Research Centre for Archeology, said: "It's an important site because it gives us the chance to investigate a tomb using modern archaeological techniques.

"This site seems to have been excavated into a natural mound. They quarried out inside this natural mound, into the bedrock, and then constructed the tomb inside, laying capstones over five cells and an internal passageway.

"The doorways to the cells were sealed off with very clean clay, so, not only were they laying the tomb to rest, they were sealing it off quite carefully and deliberately. This shows the concern Orcadian neolithic society had for its ancestors."

The Future Perhaps

A device thought to be the largest tidal turbine of its type to be built in the world has arrived in Orkney for testing. Trials on the device will be run at a European Marine Energy Centre test site off Eday.

The device stands 22.5m (73ft) tall, weighs 1,300 tonnes and has two sets of blades on a single unit.


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