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  • Tales from the public toilet

    Tales from the public toilet

    There once was a girl called Lorraine Kelly

    A Scottish lass who made her fame on the telly

    On her most recent visit she joined a blackening truck...


    10 June 2022

  • The Orkney Islands Council (Cruise Liners) (Temporary Closure) Order 2022

    Orkney Islands Council has made the above-named Order under Section 62 of the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984 to ensure the safety of the public and road users when cruise liner passenger are visiting Kirkwall.

    The Order will be in operation from Wednesday 1 June 2022 and its effect will be to close Bridge Street and Albert Street, Kirkwall, between the hours of 10am and 4pm on the dates specified in the Schedule below.

    26 May 2022

  • Notice of Election - Community Council Elections

    Community Councillors are to be elected for each of the 20 Community Council areas within Orkney.  The Community Councils, and number of members required, are as follows:

    17 May 2022

  • Summer Transport Guide

    Summer Transport Guide

    The Council’s Summer Transport Guide will be available for use from Sunday 8 May.

    The guides will be available from operators as well as Kirkwall Travel Centre, Stromness Travel Centre, Orkney Library and Customer Services in Stromness and Kirkwall.

    The summer timetables for both ferry and bus services starts on Sunday 8 May and will also be available online at

    If you have any queries please contact the Transportation Service on 873535.

    03 May 2022

  • Temporary closure of Cursiter Recycling Centre

    Temporary closure of Cursiter Recycling Centre

    The Recycling Centre at Cursiter Quarry in Finstown will be closed at 1pm today (Thursday 28 April) to allow for a clean-up operation after various types of inappropriate waste was dumped there.

    A number of residual waste items have been placed into the recycling skips with additional furniture, building materials and other waste scattered on the site. This will require replacement of skips and staff to be diverted from other service areas in order to clear the site ready for reopening. It is anticipated the site will not re-open until Tuesday 3 May.

    28 April 2022

School Place, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1NY

Telephone: 01856 873535

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