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  • 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.

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  1. Traditional Dancing

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Kirkwall

    Old time, ceilidh and country dancing.

    Dates

    12 Jan 2015 to 26 Jan 2015
  2. Orkney Fine Wine Festival

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Orkney

    Orkney's annual festival celebrating fine wine.

    Dates

    30 May 2015 to 6 Jun 2015
  3. St Magnus Cathedral Tour

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Kirkwall

    A guided tour of St Magnus Cathedral.

    Dates

    13 Jan 2015 to 28 Jan 2015
  4. Orkney Garden Trail

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Orkney

    Visit a variety of gardens in Orkney.

    Dates

    7 Jun 2015 to 19 Jun 2015
  5. Riding Of The Marches

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Kirkwall

    Witness the historic tradition of the Riding of the Marches.

    Dates

    9 Aug 2015
  6. Gradings

    Orkney

    A tradition where children using miniature ploughs compete for prizes.

    Dates

    15 Aug 2015
  7. Orkney Jazz Festival

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Stromness

    Jazz performances by musicians from around the UK

    Dates

    17 Apr 2015 to 20 Apr 2015
  8. Dounby Agricultural Show

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Orkney

    Show of livestock, sheep shearing, highland dancing and show jumping.

    Dates

    6 Aug 2015
  9. Gradings

    Kirkwall

    Witty observations and social commentary.

    Dates

    31 Jul 2015 to 1 Aug 2015
  10. Ring Of Brodgar: Walk

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Stromness

    An easy walk around the Brodgar area.

    Dates

    3 Apr 2014 to 26 Mar 2015
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