The Festival of the Horse and Boys' Ploughing Match

19 Aug 2017 10:00am - 5:00pm

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 in the square for a contest. Their costumes glint and jangle as they circle the square dressed as working horses, complete with collar and headdress.

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.


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