Spectacular light, unique landscapes, rich historical culture and the pull of island life has long made Orkney an ideal settlement for creatives of all kinds.

The islands are full of craftspeople, musicians, writers and artists who say that there is nowhere that inspires creativity in the same way as Orkney can.

Art galleries line the streets of Stromness, and are dotted all over the islands.

The Orkney Craft Trail takes you to the very heart of the craftsmanship, highlighting the vast array of workshops and studios you can visit in the county.

Local craft fairs and sales pop up at a variety of locations throughout the year, and when it’s safe to come, make sure you visit the Pier Arts Centre in Stromness, which is home to a remarkable display of 20th century art.