Stromness is built around a natural harbour
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  • new developments surround Kirkwall's historic heart
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  • Orkney's new housing embraces alternative heat sources
  • Orkney's construction standards are high
Orkney Housing

Like anywhere else in the UK, Orkney has houses to buy, rent or have a part buy/part rent ownership deal.  The difference is that houses in Orkney are generally lower in price than the Scottish average while the quality of life here is high.

Houses for sale are marketed by the local solicitors who advertise them through their offices in Kirkwall and Stromness, online, through property websites and in the local press.  There are houses to suit all tastes and budgets from grand town residences to large country properties with land and outbuildings.  Small and sturdy stone built dwellings were built by Orcadians of the past to withstand whatever the weather throws at them.  And modern bungalows and Scandinavian-style wooden chalets will keep out the elements too.  Out in the isles you may find a ruined building to buy as a Grand Designs style project and there are plots of land for sale with planning consent for building.  Limited grants or support may be available for the renovation of older buildings and for projects that use renewable and sustainable energy.

There are also often businesses such as hotels and retail units for sale with living accommodation.

Private landlords rent out furnished and unfurnished properties as long lets.  There are always more places available for winter lets too as luxury holiday accommodation furnished to a high standard is let for the several months of winter.  This can be a useful stop gap for people relocating to Orkney.

Orkney Islands Council has a stock of council housing and is building more homes for council tenants.  Orkney Housing Association Ltd (OHAL) was established in 1985 to complement the council’s housing stock.  OHAL is a non profit making charitable organisation with many of its shareholders being tenants.  It offers rented and shared ownership affordable accommodation.  OHAL built two houses for rent in North Ronaldsay to attract families with children to the island.  This is in direct contrast to housing associations’ normal strategy, to build the houses according to the needs of the people in the area.  The strategy paid off with two families with children relocating from outwith Orkney, which in turn has helped to revitalise the local school.

Orkney Housing photos from flickr
A Mix Of Stromness Boats
Looking west from the old landing stage, Sule Skerry (37 miles west of Orkney)
Sule Skerry Lighthouse, 37 miles west of Orkney
Sule Skerry from the air, 37 miles west of Orkney
Besetzt / Occupied
Sule Skerry from the air, 37 miles west of Orkney
An aerial shot of Sule Skerry, 37 miles west of Orkney
Gannet colony at Sule Skerry, 37 miles west of Orkney
A break in the clouds at Sule Skerry (37 miles west of Orkney)
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Orkney TV referendum debate
He says you need Nordic taxation to have Nordic living standards. 21:31: The next question comes from Sally Inkster, who is chief executive of Orkney Housing Association, and asks: "A recent poll shows less than a third of women support independence.
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Remote, oil-rich Shetland elbows way into Scotland vote
As the Scottish independence vote nears, Shetland's council has joined forces with two other island councils, Orkney and the Western Isles, to ask for greater control of local services and new fiscal arrangements to enable them to benefit from the oil ...
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Driver accused of causing Anthony Healy's death could have seen him'
A van driver accused of causing the death of a nine-year-old boy by careless driving could have see him before the tragedy, a court has heard. Anthony Healy died on a housing estate in Westhill, Aberdeenshire, in July 2012 after being hit by a van ...
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Persley Bridge to be shut for two days after gas leak
... we can to make the repairs as quickly as possible." Traffic had been an issue in the area already, especially at the nearby Haudagain roundabout, with Mugiemoss Road closed for up to four months for safety reasons as part of a new housing development.
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