Festival of the Horse & Ploughing Match
18 Aug 2018 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Beach at Sands O' Wright
St Margaret's Hope is the venue for one of Orkney’s most unique occasions.
Once a year in the village of St Margaret's Hope in South Ronaldsay, Orkney, young girls gather at the local school for a contest. Their costumes glint and jangle as they circle the square dressed as working horses, complete with collar and headdress in costumes handed down through generations.
The boys compete in a match at the Sands O' Wright - a vast beach just outside the village. They use their miniature ploughs to draw lines in the sand, learning the craft of the finely tilled furrow.
Parade of the horses - 4.30pm - Hope Community School
Ploughing March - 6pm - Sands 'o' Wright
Times are slightly later than normal due to the tide times