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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. Festival Of Architecture

    Type

    Arts & Cultural

    Gradings

    Orkney

    The Festival of Architecture is an international celebration of design, set to boost the appreciation of Scotland's built environment.

    Dates

    1 Jan 2016 to 31 Dec 2016
  2. Orkney Folk Festival

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Orkney

    Concerts, workshops and talks.

    Dates

    26 May 2016 to 29 May 2016
  3. Festival Of Museums

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Orkney

    A variety of events celebrating Scotland's museums.

    Dates

    13 May 2016 to 15 May 2016
  4. Orkney Nature Festival

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Orkney

    Celebrating the wildlife of Orkney.

    Dates

    16 May 2016 to 22 May 2016
  5. Orkney Ceilidh Weekend

    Type

    Dance Event

    Gradings

    Orkney

    Ceilidh weekend attracting dancers old and new!

    Dates

    8 Apr 2016 to 10 Apr 2016
  6. Gradings

    Stromness

    Walk around with World Heritage Site with Historic Scotland rangers.

    Dates

    2 Sep 2015 to 30 Mar 2016
  7. Gradings

    Orkney

    The centrepiece of Orkney International Science Festival will feature activities using only upcycled and locally-produced materials.

    Dates

    1 Sep 2016 to 7 Sep 2016
  8. St Magnus International Festival

    Type

    Arts & Cultural

    Gradings

    Orkney

    A celebration of international poetry.

    Dates

    17 Jun 2016 to 26 Jun 2016
  9. Ring Of Brodgar: Walk

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Stromness

    An easy walk around the Brodgar area.

    Dates

    3 Sep 2015 to 31 Mar 2016
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