When to Come to Orkney

Many events take place in Orkney during the year, some traditional, some of recent origin, some natural and some sporting or agricultural. All add colour and interest to the place. To find out about what is going on when you are here check out the pages of The Orcadian and listen to Radio Orkney each weekday from 07:30 till 08:00.

Orkney events calendar on the VisitOrkney website also has details of events which are happening around the county.

January New Year's Day Ba'

Winter best for Northern Lights

Ploughing Matches
SCDA Drama Festival


Ploughing Matches
Scarecrow Festival

15th - Brown Trout season opens

April Seasonal Visitor Attractions open
Orkney Ceilidh Weekend
Orkney Jazz Festival
Migrant birds start to arrive
Wintering birds leaving
Daffodils out
May Mayflowers - Primroses out
Country Music Festival
17th - Norwegian Constitution Day
Orkney Folk Festival
Best month for Migrants
Primula scotica first flowering

Hoy Half Marathon
Sailing Regattas
St Magnus Festival
Summer solstice
Common Seals pupping

July Stromness Shopping Week
Sailing Regattas
Golf Open Tournaments
Primula scotica main flowering
August Agricultural Shows
Riding of the Marches
Sailing Regattas
Boys' Ploughing Match
Vintage Rally
Orkney Beer Festival
September Orkney Science Festival
Migrant Birds Arriving

Close of Trout Fishing season
Harvest Homes
Migrant birds to see
Grey Seals starting to pup


Guy Fawkes Night
Aurora Borealis
Grey Seals pupping

December Christmas tree Lighting
Winter solstice
Christmas Day Ba'
Hogmany on Broad Street

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