Orkney has been at the forefront of the renewable energy industry for decades.

Companies here have pioneered wind, wave and tidal power, which is perhaps not surprising, given the abundance of wind, rough coastal waters and the strength of currents in the Pentland Firth.

And, while the islands are home to many new technologies, others have been developing for generations.

Orkney has been farmed for some 5,000 years — and beef farming is a major part of the local economy. Indeed, the county is home to the most dense population of beef cattle in Europe, and the largest dairy north of Stirling.

From farming to fishing, Orkney waters bring valuable employment opportunities to communities in the county, and supply prime seafood to tables around the world.

There are 132 registered fishing vessels in Orkney, and some 300 people are employed in the industry.

Orkney is also associated with a strong craft industry, and is home to a number of world-recognised jewellers.

Our tourism and hospitality industries are also big business in Orkney, as people flock to the isles for a taste of island life.

Below, you will find links to some key local information, including the local authority, marine services, property surveyors and national tourist information.