Orkney Islands Council
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Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Help make Orkney a community of learners

Take part in a survey on future community learning and development work right across Orkney. Read more.

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Public Exhibition on Kirkwall Flood Defences

Exhibition to give public the opportunity to view Council plans for increased flood defences in the Kirkwall harbour area. Read more

Read the latest news from Orkney Islands Council. Suicide support in Orkney - two new booklets offer help and advice

Orkney Health and Care and ChooseLife Scotland have joined together in producing two booklets to let people who have been bereaved or affected by a suicide - or those who may be having thoughts of taking their own life - know that they don’t need to cope alone. Find the leaflets here.

For all news from Orkney Islands Council visit the 'News' tab at the top of this page.

Adverse weather alerts. Adverse weather alerts

OIC Updates: Links to information on disruptions to Council services and Churchill Barrier and school closures - as well as other handy numbers for when the weather is making life unpredictable.

What's New? 


Roadworks on Union Street from February 4

From Feb 4 the Council will be repairing surface water culvert on Union Street, meaning it will be one way for a few weeks (vehicles will only be permitted drive in a westerly direction on Union Street). Works are expected to last up to 28 days. Diversions will be in place.

Phone problem

The Assessor's and Electoral Registration office at 8 Broad Street in Kirkwall is currently unable to receive phone calls.

Efforts are underway to fix the problem. In the meantime anyone needing to get in touch can either phone the Orkney Islands Council switchboard on 01856 873535 and ask to be put through to the office, or send an email

No calls to Scapa at present

Orkney Islands Council’s Marine Services base at Scapa is currently unable to receive phone calls on their 873636 number at the moment, but you can be put through via 873535.

The problem is being checked out. In the meantime anyone needing to get in touch could also send an email to the harbours team instead.


Cathedral update

Staff at St Magnus Cathedral are unable to receive email at the moment – anyone needing to get in touch should ring 01856 874894. Upper floor tours have resumed.


Keep up to date with new bus timetable changes

There have been some recent changes to the new bus timetables which came into operation on January 5 as a result of suggestions from the public. Keep up to date with them here, or check the information displays in bus shelters and at the Kirkwall and Stromness Travel Centres.


Community Learning Classes

The Council has just published its new Community Learning Guide which contains our programme of courses, drawn together by the Council's Community Learning and Development Service with Orkney College, local schools, Community Associations and Community Centres. Read more on what's available and how to book.


Public Holidays

The Council Offices will be closed for public holidays on the following days this year; Monday 6 April, Monday 4 May, Thursday 6 August, Friday 25 December -Monday 4 January (inclusive). Check out our calendar page for more info.


Follow new Twitter feed for barrier updates

The Council has launched a new standalone Twitter feed giving updates on conditions at the Churchill Barriers. Read more.   


Winter is here

Orkney Islands Council is encouraging people across the county to make sure they are well prepared for whatever this winter brings. Read more.


Council’s planning and regulatory services seeking feedback

Have you lodged a planning application recently, applied for permission to carry out building works, or asked the Council for consumer advice? Why not fill in our survey .