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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. Stromness Shopping Week

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Stromness

    Annual festival.

    Dates

    20 Jul 2014 to 26 Jul 2014
  2. Orkney Agricultural Shows

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Orkney

    Enjoy all the produce Orkney has to offer in several traditional agricultural shows hosted by the islands.

    Dates

    1 Aug 2014 to 9 Aug 2014
  3. Gradings

    Kirkwall

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

    Dates

    4 Sep 2014 to 10 Sep 2014
  4. Gradings

    Kirkwall

    The five-day programme includes lectures on all aspects of Shetland's history and culture.

    Dates

    8 Jul 2014 to 12 Jul 2014
  5. Of Tide And Time

    Type

    Arts & Cultural

    Gradings

    Stromness

    An exhibition of photographs and poetry.

    Dates

    5 Jul 2014 to 26 Jul 2014
  6. Standing Stones O'Stenness: Walk

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Stromness

    Walk around with World Heritage Site with Historic Scotland rangers.

    Dates

    2 Apr 2014 to 24 Sep 2014
  7. Orkney: New Year's Day Ba' Game

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Kirkwall

    A loose form of early football, where the men of the town, or the Uppies play the Doonies.

    Dates

    1 Jan 2015
  8. Gradings

    Kirkwall

    Traditional music.

    Dates

    16 Jul 2014 to 30 Jul 2014
  9. Gradings

    Stromness

    Sculptural installations providing an overview of the artists' works spanning 15 years.

    Dates

    21 Jun 2014 to 23 Aug 2014
  10. Gradings

    Stromness

    A guided walk around the World War II naval base.

    Dates

    1 May 2014 to 4 Sep 2014
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