Food and drink in Orkney

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  • Two glasses of Highland Park Whisky
    Highland Park Whisky
  • Fisherman on boat holds a lobster he has caught
    Fresh Orkney lobster
  • A plate of fresh Orkney seafood
    Fresh Orkney seafood
  • Local rhubarb and ice cream
    Local rhubarb and ice cream

You’ll find a delicious range of regional produce on Orkney, with the local ingredients varying in accordance with the changing seasons. The North Sea provides a wealth of seafood and the beautiful fertile farmland is perfect for crops and livestock.

Visit one of the many exceptional restaurants in Orkney to discover how the chefs take full advantage of these plentiful resources. The North Ronaldsay sheep, which feed mainly on seaweed, are especially sought after for their unique flavour, while Orcadian salads and potatoes compliment a main dish perfectly. Make sure you round off your meal with Orkney cheese and oatcakes.

While the region delivers a great selection of savoury ingredients, it also provides a truly tempting range of sweet produce as well. Why not indulge in some delicious Orkney fudge or ice cream, made from the finest Orcadian dairy products? Or for a traditional speciality, try a bannock (a thick, flat scone) with local rhubarb jam.    

There is no shortage of excellent local drinks to accompany the delicious food. There are two breweries, the Highland Brewing Company and the Orkney Brewery, and two distilleries, Highland Park and Scapa. You can take a tour of Highland Park Distillery to uncover their whisky-making processes.

The Orkney Wine Company is a unique enterprise which produces naturally-fermented wine from fruit such as raspberries and elderberries. The popularity of wine on Orkney has led to Scotland’s only wine festival being held there in June, where you can sample wine from around the world at a tasting session. 

With its distinctive flavours and outstanding quality, the food and drink of Orkney is in high demand across the UK and further afield. The chance to sample the regional produce in its local setting is a special treat not to be missed.