Orkney Blues Festival at The Royal Hotel


The venues for the annual Orkney Blues Festival are very important to us, and are part of the fabric of the festival itself. Each year the festival may include other venues across Orkney and the islands, although the below venues are at the heart of the festival in Stromness.

As we take a break due to Covid-19, the festival is unable to take place in it's normal format - or indeed at the normal venues. In November 2021, events are taking place at The Stromness Academy Theatre which provides a spacious event area, with tables and seating on the floor, and balcony seating. 

We look forward to planning a return to our usual weekend of blues festival in 2022, and look forward to sharing details of changes to venues and format as we take the opportunity to listen to feedback and improve the festival. And don't forget all of the national artists that have been waiting to visit - they're lining up!


The Royal British Legion will host bands on the Friday evening and Saturday of the festival. Nestled between our main venues, the Legion has hosted great young local bands over the years, with the freedom to showcase their own original flavour of blues.


The Stromness Hotel is right at the very heart of the festival, where our artists perform, eat, sleep and spend time in the four bars and the upstairs lounge restaurant. The first floor lounge serves beer, food and fantastic live blues each day of the festival - and hosts a headliner event each night - with free entry across the whole weekend. To the rear of the building is the ballroom which hosts the Festival Finale on the sunday night, our only ticketed event. Tickets are sold out every year in advance - book now.

T: 01856 850298
Email: info@stromnesshotel.com Web: www.stromnesshotel.com


An intimate venue with good food and acoustic music.

The blues festival experience at The Ferry Inn is second to none, hosting many of the festival guests in their rooms, and offering great food and drinks. The Ferry Inn is one of our main venues, hosting a headlining artist each night 'til close. Low roofs, and a long bar, make this a favourite for many. Look out for the Owner's popup beertents and local seafood BBQs when the weather allows!

Telephone: 01856 850280 
Email: info@ferryinn.com Web: www.ferryinn.com



The home of Orkney Blues, hosting the blues committee meetings and many fundraisers.

The Royal Hotel is where its at, with three great bars - and two venue rooms - there is blues music and great food and drink here for the whole festival weekend. Each night hosts a spectacular headlining artist in one of the venue rooms. If weather allows, check out the outdoor BBQ patio area upstairs in the 1st floor lounge.

T: 01856 850342
Email: info@royalhotel.biz Web: www.royalhotel.biz

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