Orkney and Shetland Islands

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  • 1. St. Magnus International Festival

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    Usually held in the third week of June, Kirkwall's St. Magnus International Festival is a world-class celebration of classical music, opera...Read More

  • 2. Orkney Blues

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    This eclectic three-day festival held around the last weekend in September is billed as the most northerly blues event in the United Kingdom...Read More

  • 3. Orkney Folk Festival

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    This four-day festival held in and around Stromness in late May attracts musicians of all ages from Orkney's own vibrant folk music scene and...Read More

  • 4. Shetland Accordion and Fiddle Festival

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    This busy five-day event in early October is one of the biggest fixtures on Shetland's cultural calendar, with concerts by celebrated local...Read More

  • 5. Shetland Folk Festival

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    Shetland fiddlers are legends in the folk music world, keeping the musical traditions of the islands alive when such folkways had all but died...Read More

  • 6. Up Helly Aa Festival

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    On the last Tuesday in January, Shetlanders celebrate their Norse heritage by dressing as Vikings, parading through the streets with flaming...Read More

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