Mother and daughter, Leila and Jo Thomson, are both Edinburgh College of Art graduates who chose to return home to Orkney to work. Their work is inspired by the rhythm of life and landscape of Orkney.

The Hoxa Tapestry Gallery is home to Orkney artist Leila Thomson’s unique, large, hand woven tapestries which are inspired by the rhythm of life and landscape of Orkney. The gallery was built by Leila and husband Benny and opened to the public in June 1996. Now over 20 years later visitors are still coming from all over the world.

In 2011 Leila’s daughter Jo and son Andrew joined the family business. Jo is a Drawing and Painting graduate and exhibits and sells her artwork at the gallery. In addition to her original drawings, paintings and tapestries Jo collaborates on rug designs with Leila and has recently started hand-dyeing local wool which reflect the colours of the Orkney landscape. Andrew does much of the picture framing and gallery administration which frees up more creative time for Leila and Jo.

Original artwork, hand-crafted rugs, cards and photographic prints of artwork are available to purchase at the gallery. Unfortunately due to the uncertainty over the season Jo didn't order in any wool to dye so there is no hand-dyed yarn for sale this year.

The gallery is located 3 miles from the village of St Margarets Hope, 5 minutes drive from the Pentland Ferries terminal and is well signposted. Follow the “craft trail” signs out to Hoxa Head, past the Sands of Wright beach.

Opening times:

The gallery is currently open by appointment only during the following hours due to COVID-19 restrictions:

Monday - Friday: 10.00am - 4.30pm

Saturday - CLOSED

Sunday afternoons by prior booking (appointment only)

Contact us via:

Tel: 01856 831 395


At present we politely ask all visitors to wear face coverings and follow 2 metre social distancing guidance within the premises. Hand sanitiser is provided at the front door.

We currently accept up to 3 related groupings at a time, up to a maximum number of 10 people.