With its dramatic ever-changing light, vast expanse of sky and turbulent encircling oceans Orkney has long attracted and encouraged artists and craftsmen.
Many intend only to visit Orkney but fall in love with the colours and landscape and often remain for much longer than originally intended.
Many however, like Jackie and Marlene Miller, grew up in Orkney and have always drawn inspiriation from their homeland.
Today Orkney is a centre for high quality traditional crafts such as the Orkney Chair and is a notable centre of silver work.
www.orkneydesignercrafts.com - find a collection of the finest crafts on Orkney here including Scapa Crafts Orkney Chairs
Craftsmen Outwith Orkney
www.scottishfurnituremakers.org.uk - top quality Scottish Furniture Makers
www.guildmc.com - excellence in craftmanship throughout the UK
Getting to Orkney
www.pentlandferries.co.uk - all year 1 hour car ferry crossing from Gill's Bay in the North of Scotland to St. Margaret's Hope, South Ronaldsay, Orkney
www.northlinkferries.co.uk - all year 1 hr 30 min car ferry crossing from Scrabster in the North of Scotland to Stromness, Orkney
- all year 6 hour car ferry crossing from Aberdeen to Stromness
www.jogferry.co.uk - 1 May - 30 Sept summer passenger only 40 minute ferry from John o' Groats in the North of Scotland to Burwick, South Ronaldsay, Orkney, also operates The Orkney Bus from Inverness
www.stagecoachbus.com - coach link from Inverness to all ferries to Orkney
www.flybe.com - departures from the Scottish airports to Kirkwall Airport
Useful Orkney Links
www.orkneytouism.co.uk - led by the industry in Orkney, a comprehensive overview of visitor services can be found on this website
www.visitorkney.com - part of visitscotland.com, Scotland's National Tourism Organisation
www.orkneyarchaeologysociety.org.uk - information of current excavations in Orkney and lots more
www.orkneyjar.com - extensive site particularly good on Orkney history,folklore and traditions
www.orkneyferries.co.uk - ferries to the smaller isles from Mainland Orkney
www.orkney.com - comprehensive site on all things Orkney
www.orkneycommunities.co.uk - diary of daily events as well as a community directory
www.orcadian.co.uk - Orkney's local newspaper