Every few weeks we bring you stories about life in Orkney, its history and archaeology, artists and designers we admire – and the inspiration behind Ola Gorie’s unique jewellery.

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Flotta Memories: our final fantastic Year of Stories winner

Flotta Memories: our final fantastic Year of Stories winner

Congratulations to Katrina McGhie, winner of our November Year of Stories competition. As this is the last of our monthly competitions, we decided to give an extra special prize of a £300 voucher – and it is now on its way to Katrina, just in time for Christmas!

Artists of Orkney: Laura Drever

Artists of Orkney: Laura Drever

In recent years Laura Drever has emerged as the most original and accomplished landscape artist now working in Orkney. Her works are immediately recognisable as capturing something essentially Orcadian. 

Christmas Posting Dates 2022

Christmas Posting Dates 2022

Christmas is fast approaching, as are our final posting dates! Although we continue to despatch orders until the last possible moment, we cannot ensure they will arrive in time for Christmas if posted after the Post Office's last postal dates.
Happy 85th Birthday Ola!

Happy 85th Birthday Ola!

To celebrate Ola's 85th birthday on Thursday 27th October, we present a photo album of candid snaps from all the way back in the 1930s, right up to summer 2022.                                                                                  
September's Year of Stories Winner

September's Year of Stories Winner

Congratulations to Kay Foubister, our September Year of Stories winner. Our theme was ‘History and Heritage’, and Kay’s story weaves her own personal memories through a much more ancient past. 
Newly married couple wearing Scottish wedding rings

August's Year of Stories Winner

'We had a small traditional Scottish wedding and chose Ola Gorie Stroma rings to symbolise our marriage.

The rings remind me of the tide, which we think is a good symbol for our marriage: constant and unstoppable yet a reminder that life has its ups and downs.'

The Art Of The Horse

The Art Of The Horse

On the third Sunday of August, a unique event takes place in the island of South Ronaldsay. As the tide ebbs from the Sands o Wright, young boys furrow the beach with miniature ploughs, striving to achieve the most even and regular dreels.
Farewell to the Puffins

Farewell to the Puffins

Are the puffins watching back, out of those apparently big mournful eyes, with their streak of Cleopatra-like eyeliner? Probably not, but it’s almost impossible not to think of them as little bird people, such is the appearance of character their faces and behaviour give them. Their Orkney name, Tammy Norrie, sounds like a particularly cheery uncle. 
July's Year of Stories Winners

July's Year of Stories Winners

2022 is the Year of Stories in Scotland, a celebration of the tales that thread through our history and way of life. In Orkney, stories define who we are, even more than the rest of Scotland. That’s certainly true here at Ola Gorie.

Wonder Hiding in Plain Sight

Wonder Hiding in Plain Sight

Art is meant to be seen. Or at least that’s what we tend to think nowadays. We live in a world saturated with images, where almost everything seems to be done for public display and consumption, whether in an art gallery or on Instagram. But what about 5,000 years ago, in the Neolithic? How did people think about art then?
Ola Gorie and The Ness of Brodgar

Ola Gorie and The Ness of Brodgar

By Nick Card and Anne Mitchell For this week's blog, we welcome special contributors N...
Midsummer Magic

Midsummer Magic

There’s one time of year when there is undoubtedly magic in the air, of a very human kind. The St Magnus International Festival is a ten-day wonder of music, theatre, literature, and creative activity of every variety. Its roots go back more than fifty years, and a firebrand English composer…
Dancing with Grasses

Dancing with Grasses

As the philosopher said, ‘Sometimes the smallest things take up the most space in your ...
Orkney in London: connections through space and time

Orkney in London: connections through space and time

After hardly leaving Orkney for the past two years, the thought of going to central Lon...
Ola Gorie – jeweller, pioneer and a much-loved mother

Ola Gorie – jeweller, pioneer and a much-loved mother

Ola Gorie Jewellery is a genuine Orkney family business. As we approach Mother’s Day, Ola’s daughter Ingrid Tait offers some thoughts about growing up with a pioneering jeweller as a mum and her experience of being an integral part of the 'Ola Gorie Story'.
Welcome to Birdland

Welcome to Birdland

If Orkney ever needed a new name, Birdland would be very fitting. We have 12 RSPB reserves here, and of course the birds know no boundaries – they don’t stick to reserves but crisscross our skies continually. Orkney really is the land of birds. 
Go with the Flow

Go with the Flow

Mention the word ‘flow’ to anyone in Orkney, and the chances are they’ll think you’re talking about Scapa Flow. The Flow, as we usually call it, is the spectacular natural harbour at the heart of the Orkney archipelago.
Love hearts, lucky charms and an Edinburgh roadblock

Love hearts, lucky charms and an Edinburgh roadblock

Ola Gorie’s Luckenbooth collection is a rare thing. Most of Ola’s designs are entirely original, or at least bold new creations based on fragments of manuscripts or enigmatic archaeological discoveries. But Luckenbooth is different. Yes, Ola dedicated all her creative imagination to making it special.
Winter Journey: a message of love from a snowbound Viking

Winter Journey: a message of love from a snowbound Viking

It was Christmas, 1153. Earl Harald Maddadsson moored his longship at Hamnavoe – the ‘s...
Finnish Beast: white horses coming ashore

Finnish Beast: white horses coming ashore

Orkney’s climate is surprisingly mild, given how far north we are. The last lick of the...

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