What’s on

Below we have a list of what’s on in Orkney. Orkney is busy with events and activities throughout the summer months, this list may be able to inspire your holiday plans.

Our links page might help you with other interests you might have.

Music and Arts

The Orkney music scene is very active, along with the festival events you can often see live music in various venues in Kirkwall, Stromness and on the Isles.

The Reel is a focal point for music in Kirkwall.

21st-23rd April 2017 Orkney Jazz Festival (Stromness Hotel)

5-8 May The John Rae Festival. John Rae (Long Strider, 1813 – 1893) was an artic explorer famous for discovering the tragic fate of the Franklin Expedition.

25th-28th May 2017 Orkney Folk Festival Local music festival featuring a number of bands and performances including Eddi Reader, Blazin Fiddles, The Chair, Elephant Sessions, and many more.

16th-21st June 2017 St. Magnus Festival. Music and Arts festival including performances from artists from all over the world.

The Pier Art Centre has exhibitions throughout the year featuring works from local and international artists as well as the permanent collection. Well worth a visit, in Stromness.

Westray Regatta, pipers, whisky, Scapa, Orkney Events

Pipers add some colour to Westray’s annual regatta.

Sport

Orkney is popular for many activities, some of which you may be able to plan for your self, for example bridwatching, walking, surfing and cycling. If you would like to hire a bicycle during your stay Cycle Orkney will be able to help.

11th June 2017 31st Hoy Half Marathon, a gruelling race across the hilly island of Hoy.

2nd July St. Magnus Marathon. A run from Kirkwall to Birsay organised by the Birsay Community Association.

12th-14th August 2017 UK Snipe National Championships. Sailing event in small boats hosted by Orkney Sailing Club.

snipe, sailing, light wind, Hatston, Kirkwall, Orkney Events

Snipe Class sailing in Kirkwall Bay, probably in 1960s.

Other

15th-21st May Orkney Nature Festival, organised by RSPB Scotland.

12th August 2017 Orkney County Show, Orkney’s main agricultural show held in Kirkwall.

7th-13th September 2017 Orkney Science Festival Lectures, talks and family entertainment.

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