A wonderland of local produce, imported goods, fishing tackle and gardening implements, Shearers is something of a Kirkwall hub, a place where you can find everything you need, whether it’s for decorating a cake or cleaning your bathroom with eco-friendly products. Established in 1857 and run by the same family for five generations, the store’s dedication to stocking local produce extends to the wild geese culled on the islands for conservation reasons. They stock a wide range of biscuits, chocolates and confectionery from around Orkney and beyond, as well as fresh and smoked meat and fish, eggs and an array of larder items. Flying in the face of large chain supermarkets, this inspirational shop is a true independent at the heart of its community. It’s also Orkney’s only licensed gun dealer to boot.