What’s on

Magnus 900 will play host to a number of one-off projects, whilst many of Orkney’s best known festivals will be curating special activity and events linked with the St Magnus story. Please find details of these events below with further information to follow as it becomes available.


Magnus 900 opening weekend 15 – 17 April

An action packed weekend of events over the St Magnus Day weekend will provide a fitting start to the Magnus 900 Programme.

Sails in St Magnus  April – December 2017

During this anniversary year Sails in St Magnus will be presented in the Cathedral from Easter Sunday through to December 2017.


Traditional Latin Mass Egilsay 20 May

Another opportunity to visit Egilsay, the island of Magnus’ martyrdom and join a traditional Latin Mass. For more information and to make arrangements please use the details at this link.

Orkney Folk Festival – St Magnus Way Concert 27 May

This concert launches the second leg of the St Magnus Way, from Birsay to Dounby. The event will include a presentation by artist Beatrice Searle about her project For the Journey and Return with new music composed and performed by James Watson.

Walkers will depart the concert to complete Stage 2.


St Magnus International Festival 16 – 21 June

A programme of events celebrating our millenium-old connection with our neighbours across the North Sea and the 900th anniversary of the martyrdom of St Magnus.

St Magnus Way 16 June

Stage 3 – Dounby to Finstown, launches in collaboration with the St Magnus International Festival.


St Magnus Marathon 1 – 2 July

Following a successful inaugural event in 2016 the St Magnus Marathon will return with the added addition of a 10k route.

Mapping Magnus Project July 2017 Onwards

The Mapping Magnus Community Archaeology, Research and Training Project which takes places during 2017-18 to mark the 900th anniversary of the death of St Magnus is due to get underway. Follow the link to find out how to get involved.

COMA Summer School 22 – 30 July

Contemporary Music for All visit Orkney for the very first time with a programme of concerts and première performances in Stromness, Kirkwall, St Magnus Cathedral and the Orkney landscape.

Flowers in St Magnus Church, Birsay 27 – 30 July

Roman Catholic Diocease Pilgrimage 28 – 30 July

The Bishop of Aberdeen, Bishop Hugh Gilbert O.S.B, has announced a unique diocesan pilgrimage to Orkney


St Magnus Way 19 August

Stage 4 –  Finstown to Orphir is launched

Mappping Magnus – Boat noust survey 15 & 16 August

Mapping Magnus – Village survey 25 & 26 August

St Magnus Service Egilsay27 August


Orkney International Science Festival 7 – 13 September

Programme information coming soon

St Magnus Way 7 September

Stage 5 –  Orphir to Kirkwall, launches in collaboration with the Orkney International Science Festival.


Orkney Storytelling Festival 26 – 29 October

Festival Highlights will inculde Icelandic storyteller Hjorleifur Stefansson, an island juant to Egilsay and writer and broadcaster Nick Mayhew Smith who will give a talk on the significance of saints and pilgrimage to medieval people.

More programme information coming soon.

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