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Orkney - food and drink
Orkney - food and drink

Find out about Orkney's world-class local produce, from award-winning cheddar cheese to beef, seafood, Highland Park whisky and much more.

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The Orkney isles may be small in size but they're very big here on producing a fantastic range of delicious food and drink of exceptional quality.

With over 1,000 miles of coastline surrounded by the cool waters of the North Sea, Orkney is blessed with a constant supply of fresh, appetising fish and shellfish while the rich farmland produces some of Scotland’s most flavoursome beef and lamb - look out particularly for the famous seaweed-fed North Ronaldsay lamb. The islands have also carved out an enviable reputation for their cheeses, not to mention a little something to wash it all down, particularly whisky and beer.

With such amazing local produce to draw on, eating out in Orkney is always an experience with a great range of award-winning restaurants, cafés and bars to choose from. For a real foodie experience of your own making, you can pick up these fabulous fresh ingredients at farmers’ markets and butchers, fish mongers and a variety of local shops.

For more information about the excellent food producers in Orkney, browse the Orkney Food & Drink website.

  • A sumptuous seafood platter of salmon and prawns, served at the Merkister Hotel, Harray Loch, Orkney
    A seafood platter from the Merkister Hotel, Orkney
  • Barony bere and berry biscuits from the Birsay Bay Tearoom, Orkney Mainland
    Barony bere and berry biscuits from the Birsay Bay Tearoom, Orkney Mainland
A plate of food served in a crab's shell at the Lynnfield Hotel, Kirkwall, Orkney

Restaurants and places to eat

Find information on the many restaurants in Orkney where you can enjoy delicious food and drink.

Whisky bottles behind a bar at Òran Mór, Glasgow.

Bars and pubs

Discover bars and pubs across Orkney where you can relax and enjoy great food and beers, wines and spirits.

North Ronaldsay mutton with a Orkney cheddar and ale sauce

Local produce

Discover food attractions and local food producers across Orkney, where you can learn about and purchase regional produce.

Vegetables for sale at a farmers' market

Farmers' markets

Discover farmers’ markets and farm shops across Orkney, where you can purchase fresh regional favourites direct from the producers and get advice on how best to cook them.

Bottles of Red MacGregor ale, produced by the Orkney Brewery

Drink attractions

Take a tour of a brewery and distillery in Orkney and sample delicious craft ales and beers.

A couple of drams of whisky from the Highland Park distillery in Orkney


Discover a whisky distillery and visitor centre in Orkney and learn the traditional techniques of making a Highland whisky with a behind the scenes tour.