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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. Gradings

    Orkney

    The life and travels of William Balfour Baikie.

    Dates

    7 Sep 2014
  2. RSPB Walk to Sanday

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Orkney

    An RSPB walk to Sanday.

    Dates

    28 Sep 2014
  3. Gradings

    Kirkwall

    Learn more about barley, malt and malting. Over 18s only.

    Dates

    5 Sep 2014
  4. Gradings

    Kirkwall

    A fun day for the family.

    Dates

    6 Sep 2014
  5. Gradings

    Kirkwall

    Discover more about the food you eat.

    Dates

    6 Sep 2014
  6. Gradings

    Kirkwall

    A bus tour of the Fossil Centre in Burray.

    Dates

    7 Sep 2014
  7. Gradings

    Kirkwall

    A kaleidoscopic mix of 60+ events from astronomy & Arctic exploration to archaeology & aerospace.

    Dates

    4 Sep 2014 to 10 Sep 2014
  8. Gradings

    Kirkwall

    Sample Orkney ales and fare. Over 18s only.

    Dates

    4 Sep 2014
  9. Gradings

    Kirkwall

    Bus tour of Scapa and Highland Park. Over 18s only.

    Dates

    4 Sep 2014
  10. Orkney Blues Festival

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Stromness

    A variety of blues performances.

    Dates

    19 Sep 2014 to 21 Sep 2014
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