Orkney has an extremely lively club scene, and that does not mean night clubs, though we have one of those too. There are a huge number of clubs to join in Orkney and there are no long waiting lists or hefty fees to fork out. Clubs are keen to welcome new members and there may be scope to start a new club in the unlikely event that your hobby or interest is not already catered for.
Clubs in Orkney include many of the following in parishes, towns and islands: camera; cycling; gardening; flowers; crafts; chess; bridge; riding; pony clubs; carriage driving; flying; pool; snooker; motorsports; sailing (including dinghy, Orkney yoles); sea angling; loch fishing; modelling; many drama groups; pipe bands; music associations; writing groups; reading groups; golf clubs; triathlon; athletics; kick boxing; karate; kayaking; football; rugby; cricket; badminton; squash; swimming; darts league; fitness; wind surfing; hockey; bowling; climbing; vintage motoring; cadets; Brownies and Guides; Scouts; Boys’ Brigade, Royal British Legions; ramblers; 18 youth clubs; 14 senior citizen clubs; U3A; the Orkney Federation of SWRIs; wildlife and parish hall and community associations.
Many of the clubs’ details are on the Orkney Communities website and guide or are listed in local libraries with contact details for membership secretaries. The events and activities of many of the clubs are advertised in newsletters, websites, posters and the press. Events include exhibitions, sailing regattas, fishing competitions, sports matches, including the annual Rugby Sevens tournament in May, the Hoy Half Marathon in June and regular stage performances. There are golf clubs in Kirkwall, Stromness, St Margaret’s Hope, Sanday, Westray and Papa Westray.