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.

13-15 April 2019 Orkney Jazz Festival (Stromness Hotel)

23 – 26  May 2019 Orkney Folk Festival Local music festival featuring a number of bands and performances.

21 – 26 June 2019 St. Magnus Festival. Music and Arts festival including performances from artists from all over the world.

28 – 30 September 2018 Orkney Blues Weekend

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.


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.

16th June 2019 Hoy Half Marathon, a gruelling race across the hilly island of Hoy.

7th July 2019 St. Magnus Marathon. A run from Kirkwall to Birsay organised by the Birsay Community Association.

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

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


14th-20th May Orkney Nature Festival, organised by RSPB Scotland.

11th August 2018 Orkney County Show, Orkney’s main agricultural show held in Kirkwall.

Orkney Science Festival Lectures, talks and family entertainment.

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