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GENERATION ››

This epic programme of events celebrates 25 years of contemporary arts in Scotland - from Orkney to the Scottish Borders

  • Kirkwall City Pipe Band outside St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall, Mainland, Orkney
    Kirkwall City Pipe Band outside St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall, Mainland, Orkney
  • Getting creative at The Pier Arts Centre, Stromness, Orkney
    The Pier Arts Centre, Stromness, Orkney
  • Dancing Strip the Willow in Kirkwall
    Dancing Strip the Willow in Kirkwall
  • Stromness Golf Course with a view beyond to the Island of Hoy, Mainland, Orkney
    Stromness Golf Course with a view beyond to the Island of Hoy, Mainland, Orkney
  • Fishing boats berthed at Stromness Harbour, Mainland, Orkney
    Fishing boats berthed at Stromness Harbour, Mainland, Orkney

From folk music to sporting events, Orkney boasts an array of events and festivals throughout the year. Join the locals at a ceilidh, run an island half-marathon or discover your ancestry on the isles - there are plenty of opportunities to get involved.

The Orkney Folk Festival celebrates the traditional music scene, with a mixture of local and visiting artists performing at various venues throughout Stromness and the islands. Enjoy a concert held at the spectacular St Magnus Cathedral during the summer months while the St Magnus International Festival features musicians of world importance.

Celebrate local wildlife at the Orkney Nature Festival with boat trips to uninhabited islands, seabird cruises and heritage walks, or watch as horses and riders parade via Scapa beach at the Riding the Marches event in August.

Annual agricultural shows are popular and give a great insight into life on the isles where farmers exhibit, compete and socialise with stock showing, judging, show jumping, a variety of stands, stalls and much more. The shows end with the grand Orkney County Show in Kirkwall, where the finest animals, arts, crafts and entertainment can be enjoyed.

For something a bit different, check out the Ba’, an intense game of traditional street football played by Kirkwall residents on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, or the Orkney International Science Festival. The 2013 programme includes subjects such as archaeoastronomy at Brodgar, the story of Loganair and the Islander aircraft and medical developments from the study of sea creatures.

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  1. Hogmanay Celebrations

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Kirkwall

    With a parade from the Kirkwall Pipe Band.

    Dates

    31 Dec 2014
  2. Gradings

    Kirkwall

    Christmas light switch on around the island.

    Dates

    7 Dec 2014
  3. Gradings

    Orkney

    A photography and textiles exhibition.

    Dates

    11 Oct 2014 to 11 Nov 2014
  4. Gradings

    Stromness

    Walk around with World Heritage Site with Historic Scotland rangers.

    Dates

    2 Apr 2014 to 25 Mar 2015
  5. Christmas Bazaar

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Orkney

    Stalls offering cakes, books, bric-a-brac and more.

    Dates

    6 Dec 2014 to 7 Dec 2014
  6. Orkney Folk Festival

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Orkney

    The 33rd Orkney folk festival.

    Dates

    21 May 2015 to 24 May 2015
  7. Gradings

    Stromness

    A led walk around the Brodgar area.

    Dates

    21 Dec 2014
  8. Gradings

    Stromness

    An easy walk around the Brodgar area.

    Dates

    3 Apr 2014 to 26 Mar 2015
  9. Winter Solstice

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Stromness

    Celebrate the winter solstice.

    Dates

    21 Dec 2014
  10. Gradings

    Orkney

    Storytelling for all the family.

    Dates

    23 Oct 2014 to 26 Oct 2014
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