Festivals & Events

From foot-tapping music and mouthwatering cuisine to natural splendours and celebrations of the arts, there’s so much going on in both Shetland and Orkney. Details of some of the top events can be found below, but for up-to-date information regarding What’s On, click the link at the bottom of this page.

Shetland Nature Festival: Covering all aspects of Shetland’s unique natural heritage, this annual festival in July has everything from guided walks to family days out and evening talks. From flowers and fossils to seabirds and seals, there’s plenty to inform, entertain and excite you.

Taste of Shetland Festival: Held annually each October, this festival is a celebration of Shetland’s larder, showcasing locally produced food and drink. Brose stalls, chat with local food producers, enjoy the samples and stock up on some of the fantastic food and drink Shetland has to offer.

Screenplay, Shetland: Britain’s most northerly film festival, held each September, attracts filmmakers and cinema enthusiasts from far and wide. It features a feast of film screenings, lectures and panel discussions involving national and international film industry professionals and film academics.

St Magnus International Festival: Orkney’s annual celebration of the arts, held around the islands at midsummer. It attracts orchestras, musicians, theatre and dance companies as well as writers from around the world.

Orkney Folk Festival: One of the most popular events on the Orkney calendar, this takes place at the end of May and usually features a line-up of world-class artists at numerous ticketed events across its four days, as well as countless pub sessions and free events in its hometown of Stromness.

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