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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. Gunnie Moberg: In Print

    Type

    Arts & Cultural

    Gradings

    Kirkwall

    Photography exhibition.

    Dates

    15 Dec 2014 to 31 Dec 2014
  2. Gradings

    Stromness

    Walk around with World Heritage Site with Historic Scotland rangers.

    Dates

    2 Apr 2014 to 25 Mar 2015
  3. Carols at Christmas

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Stromness

    Carols and seasonal readings.

    Dates

    24 Dec 2014
  4. Gradings

    Kirkwall

    Witty observations and social commentary. "Britain's best stand up" The Sun

    Dates

    31 Jul 2015 to 1 Aug 2015
  5. Hogmanay Celebrations

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Kirkwall

    With a parade from the Kirkwall Pipe Band.

    Dates

    31 Dec 2014
  6. Jane Glue

    Type

    Arts & Cultural

    Gradings

    Kirkwall

    Christmas exhibition

    Dates

    15 Dec 2014 to 31 Dec 2014
  7. Blues

    Type

    Arts & Cultural

    Gradings

    Stromness

    Landscape paintings.

    Dates

    15 Dec 2014 to 24 Dec 2014
  8. Fara

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Kirkwall

    Folk and traditional music.

    Dates

    23 Dec 2014
  9. 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
  10. Papay Gyro Nights Art Festival

    Type

    Arts & Cultural

    Gradings

    Orkney

    An international experimental film, video art, sound art and architecture festival.

    Dates

    3 Feb 2015 to 19 Feb 2015
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